Is La Toya Jackson Manipulating Michael’s Kids? Or Is She Simply Being a Good Aunt?

Is La Toya Jackson Manipulating Michael’s Kids? Or Is She Simply Being a Good Aunt?

Could Michael Jackson’s kids be following in their famous family footsteps?

It seems like a strong possibility, considering a report that The King of Pops’ little ones have signed to their guardian’s talent agency – Ja-Tail Enterprises, run by Michael’s sister La Toya.

According to an inflammatory report by The New York Post, La Toya is a “gold-digging diva” who is seizing the careers of Prince (16), Paris (15) and Blanket (10). Naturally, La Toya is firing back, issuing a statement calling the career manipulation allegations “completely and unequivocally false,” and threatening a lawsuit.

According to the Post, now that the kids have signed to Ja-Tail, La Toya will earn fifteen percent off each commissioned deal for the kids. Such deals reportedly include Prince’s recent hiring as an “Entertainment Tonight” correspondent, his appearance on the “90210” remake (which, coincidentally, was recently cancelled), and a supposed reality show that she is putting together – and that Oprah’s OWN network is interested in at a cost approaching $10 million.

Not so, says La Toya. “There is no shopping of a reality show for the children,” her spokesman insisted in the statement. “Over the past year, Prince has continuously asked his Aunt for her help in starting his career because of the infrastructure she has. When she asked her nephew what he wanted for his birthday, he replied, ‘He just wanted to work,’ It was at the time that she diligently started to assist him with his career and that’s when ‘Entertainment Tonight’ was booked and then ‘90210.’”

As for La Toya herself, well, between “Celebrity Apprentice,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and managing her nieces and nephews, the 56-year-old is certainly keeping herself plenty busy. As for Ja-Tail, the company’s site says it is “the home of cutting-edge, independent entertainment. The company is comprised of an experienced team of in-house attorneys, accountants, presidents, vice-presidents, merchants and managers that oversee the day-to-day operations of all 10 divisions.”

So, who to believe? Consider this: The controversial Post article was written by Stacy Brown, who bills herself as a “longtime friend of the Jackson family” at the end of the piece, after multiple paragraphs saying things like “his big sister has claimed Jacko’s pet chimp Bubbles has spoken to her and that a psychic contacted the ‘Thriller’ singer on her behalf.” With “friends” like that, who needs enemies?

On the other hand, La Toya’s off-the-wall (pun intended) behavior has been well-documented over the years as she has done things like this, this and this. So, as the case with so many instances of debate, the truth is likely somewhere in the middle.

In the end, all we know is this: As the decades have gone by, the exploitation and abuse of the Jackson 5 has become a cautionary tale for young, talented artists everywhere. Whether Michael’s kids really want to step into the spotlight remains uncertain, but we can all agree on one thing: If they do want to become stars, let’s hope La Toya has enough sense to avoid the mistakes of her family’s previous generations.

MTV Movie Awards Announced! “Ted,” “Django” and “Silver Linings” Rule, While “Twilight” Gets Snubbed

MTV Movie Awards Announced! “Ted,” “Django” and “Silver Linings” Rule, While “Twilight” Gets Snubbed

While I may have recently lamented that awards season was over, it appears I spoke too soon. How could I forget?! The MTV Movie Awards are scheduled for April 14th and are arguably one of the more entertaining broadcasts on TV; where else is it acceptable for a flying Sacha Baron Cohen to land butt first on Eminem?

Here’s a breakdown of those that fortune favored and those it didn’t:

Notably absent among most of the categories this year is “The Twilight Saga’s” swan song, “Breaking Dawn – Part 2.” While the franchise usually dominates the MTV scene, it unfortunately failed to rack up any noms in the competitive “Movie of the Year” or acting categories apart from a “Best Shirtless Performance” nod for Taylor Lautner. Perhaps “Breaking Dawn’s” strong run at a certain other, less prestigious awards ceremony killed its momentum…

Ah, well “Twilight”, you had your time in the sun and unfortunately it has come to an end, but with the franchise’s demise, new hope arrives for several underdogs that did not get much love from the Academy. The delightful “Silver Linings Playbook” scored nominations in “Movie of the Year,” “Best Female Performance,” and “Best Male Performance,” among others. While the competition may have been much too fierce this year at the Oscars for it go home with any gold (apart from J. Law of course), MTV seems like the perfect spectrum for it to get the recognition it so deserves.

Last summer’s comedy hit “Ted” also cleaned up pretty well with seven nominations overall (Fingers crossed for a “Best On-Screen Duo” win! How can you compete with a man and his teddy bear best friend, really?), as did Quentin Tarantino’s western opus “Django Unchained.” Comic book fans will also get their day in the sun as Marvel and DC go head to head with “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” both battling for Movie of the Year.

For the complete list of nominees and categories (it’s easy to forget there’s an actual category entitled “Best WTF Moment”), go here. And make sure to tune in April 14th when current funny lady du jour, Rebel Wilson, will emcee the evening!

Chris Brown and Rihanna Give New Interviews Indicating They’re Back Together, Planning to Have Kids

Chris Brown and Rihanna Give New Interviews Indicating They’re Back Together, Planning to Have Kids

Rumors have persisted for many months now that pop singer Rihanna has rekindled her relationship with Chris Brown, forgiving his brutal assault four years ago – and according to new interviews with both stars, their reconciliation is no longer rumor but fact.

In the new issue of Elle UK magazine that hits newsstands tomorrow, Rihanna pairs her fashion spread with statements claiming that she has forgiven her longtime love.

“Now that we’re adults, we can do this right,” she explained. “We got a fresh start and I’m thankful for that. Right now that’s just what we want, a great friendship that’s unbreakable.”

“Stay is a story about having love that close and wanting it to last forever,” she tells the magazine of her new single, a duet she sings with Brown. “You don’t have that feeling with everybody, so when you have it you don’t want to let go…I would definitely say that [Brown] is the one I have that kind of relationship with.”

Brown, meanwhile, recently granted an interview to the UK Mirror, saying that beating Rihanna up was the “deepest regret” of his life. “She loves me,” explained the 23-year-old. “What can I say? I’m forgiven … but, yes, I worked hard for it.”

“Sometimes you row, you fight, with the one you love,” he added. “Things get said, stuff spirals.”

After the 2009 incident that left Rihanna badly beaten, the singer got a tattoo of a gun on the right side of her rib cage, which the 25-year-old says she chose to show strength, and as a reminder to never be victimized again. “Everybody wanted to know what was happening in my life. Is she a drug addict? No. Is she an alcoholic? No. Is she a victim? No.” Rihanna explained. “That’s why I got the gun…it was a symbol.”

Despite what appears to be a concerted effort to make the public approve of their reconciliation after so many have advised Rihanna to be a model for targets of abuse and find love elsewhere, many continue to condemn their romance. For a recent example, look no further than Oscar host Seth Macfarlane, who took a shot at the controversial couple, referring to the brutal slavery film “Django Unchained” as “date Night for Chris Brown and Rihanna.” In his interview, however, Brown said it is to be expected.

“People attack me and criticize me, it happens all the time,” he insisted. “But they don’t know me, and they don’t know us. It doesn’t bother me anymore.”

He added: “Other people can judge us, but they don’t know anything.”

Rihanna told Elle magazine that she is both optimistic of the couple’s future together, and interested in starting a family and having a child within five years. “Now that we’re adults, we can do this right,” Rihanna told the magazine. “We got a fresh start and we’re thankful for that.”

Brown seems to be on the same page, although recent events like this and this may indicate otherwise. “I’ve learned a lot since that night and I’ve grown up. I was very young and I took a lot of stuff, fame, for granted,” Brown explained. “I didn’t understand it. The support from those who do know me and the fans, who are incredible, got me through.”

“Justice League” Rises Again – But Will Christian Bale Team Up With Superman, Wonder Woman and the Rest?

“Justice League” Rises Again – But Will Christian Bale Team Up With Superman, Wonder Woman and the Rest?

Never say never. While it seemed that last year’s epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga, “The Dark Knight Rises,” would be his last outing at the helm of the franchise ship, the rumor mill keeps chugging away, refusing to let the possibility of one more adventure go. Despite repeatedly saying he had done everything he wanted to do with the character, there are reports that Nolan could return to Gotham after all as a producer on the much-anticipated and long-rumored “Justice League” movie at Warner Bros.

As a source at Latino Review stated, “Christopher Nolan has completely taken over the DCU at Warner Bros. Anything having to do with these super heroes goes through him now.” That’s quite a boast, but not an entirely unbelievable one. Nolan’s prowess at bringing back the Caped Crusader from Hollywood’s critical graveyard has earned him some serious street cred in Hollywood, and the fact that he was brought on to produce this summer’s Superman reboot, “Man of Steel,” seems to reinforce that he “is” the go-to guy for DC’s band of heroes.

Most of the hopes for launching finally developing “Justice League” will be hinging on the success of “Man of Steel,” which is being directed by Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”). Based off the trailers that have been released so far, it appears Snyder is indeed adopting a Nolan-esque style and going for a grittier, darker version of Superman, laced with symbolism. If the cards fall right come it’s June release, Snyder could potentially be given the reigns for DC’s answer to last year’s worldwide smash, “The Avengers,” joining Henry Cavill’s Superman with perhaps the likes of Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and of course, Batman.

But should all this come to pass, who will take the torch? Would Christian Bale be willing to don the rubber suit once more? Or would someone else in the Nolan universe take over? Christian Bale did reveal in an interview that should the circumstances be right (and Nolan was involved), he’d love to be involved in another chapter. Well, that’s certainly comforting. But seeing as all of this is massive conjecture, let’s not throw the confetti just yet.

A lot should be revealed in the coming months as to this project’s development, especially once “Man of Steel” hits theaters on June 14th. While it seems almost cruel to have to speculate with no concrete evidence to ease the pain, it’s hard to blame the fanatics (myself included); if it wasn’t for Chris Nolan, we’d probably still have the image of nipples on the Bat-suit embedded in our memory.

Emma Watson Becomes a Princess For “Cinderella” Movie

Emma Watson Becomes a Princess For “Cinderella” Movie

A famous “Harry Potter” star may be wearing a glass slipper soon, as Emma Watson is in very early talks with Disney to play the character in a live action adaptation to be directed by Kenneth Branagh and overseen by “X-Men: First Class” producer Simon Kinberg. According to reports, Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is set to play the evil stepmother in the film.

Disney has been driving the bandwagon of fairy tale adaptations since the overwhelming success of Tim Burton’s “Alice In Wonderland,” which earned over $1 billion worldwide. On its heels, “Snow White and the Huntsman” grossed nearly $400 million in global ticket sales – but conversely, flicks like Mirror Mirror” (based on Snow White), “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” opened to middling sales at the box office.

Yet, the fact seems to remain that if handled properly, fairy-tales-with-a-twist can make some big money. As for Watson, the woman-sometimes-known-as-Hermione has remained busy since the “Potter” films have finished casting their spells upon a massive audience. Watson was in the acclaimed “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” and has Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” and the Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg comedy “This is the End” in the can and ready for release in the near future.

According to Variety, Disney is not yet ready to comment on the discussions with Watson. Other actresses who were reportedly considered for the role of Cinderella but ultimately passed over include were Gabriella Wilde (“The Three Musketeers”), Imogen Poots (“Need for Speed”) and Alicia Vikander (“Anna Karenina”).

Disney hopes to begin production on “Cinderella” sometime this fall, with plans to release the film in 2014.

As a fan of the Harry Potter flicks, I think the choice of Watson is a solid one; her strong disposition and verbal dexterity seem likely to make the character memorable. The 22-year-old also wears her fashion so well, which should be fitting for a princess role. For now, however, all us Watson fans can do is eagerly wait until the film finally arrives and the clock strikes midnight.

Michelle Williams and Jason Segel Call it Quits

Michelle Williams and Jason Segel Call it Quits

There’s sad news today in the world of celebrity coupledom. The formerly reigning couple of cute, Michelle Williams and Jason Segel, have reportedly split.

The pair, who had been introduced by Williams’ best bud actress Busy Philipps, had been dating since March of 2012 but apparently parted ways this month. It’s not surprising the break-up has been relatively under the radar as the low-key stars had kept their relationship relatively private and out of the public eye, but it does seem a bit shocking since they had recently vacationed in Mexico and we reported a few short months ago they had bought a home in Brooklyn together.

Williams’ also recently dished about her beau in the March issue of In Style magazine, saying “I didn’t actually realize who he was before I started dating him,” and Segel for his own part had been spending a lot of time bonding with Williams’ 7-year-old daughter Matilda.

While it’s easy to adopt the mindset of “If they can’t make it, no one can,” especially when it comes to seemingly perfect matches made in silver screen heaven (Will Arnett and Amy Poehler, I’m still a little heartsick over you two!), the constantly shifting, on-the-go lifestyles of our favorite celebs often prove difficult in maintaining relationships. Williams’ has been busy promoting her film “Oz the Great and Powerful” which is scheduled to hit theaters March 8th and Segel has his duties filming the popular sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” on CBS in addition to having wrapped the forthcoming apocalypse comedy “This Is the End.” No word on whether opposing schedules and bicoastal lifestyles played a part in the split, but here’s hoping the duo stays friends and we don’t have to hear about any other painful break-ups in the near future (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, please let me never have to write about you!)

#NowTrending: Seth MacFarlane Gets Twitter Talking – But Did They Love Him or Hate Him?

#NowTrending: Seth MacFarlane Gets Twitter Talking – But Did They Love Him or Hate Him?

When “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane hosted the Oscars, folks were watching closely to see how he’d balance raunch with reverence – and for the most part, the 39-year-old “Ted” director stayed true to his comedic roots, for better or worse. Now, with audiences having mixed reviews of his polarizing performance, he’s being called everything from the best Oscar host to the worst.

At first, MacFarlane seemed in on the joke, as he opened with a gag that had William Shatner interrupting him with a message from the future. As “Captain Kirk” showed a video clip of a song called “We Saw Your Boobs” and warned that it would bomb, MacFarlane promised to change his gameplan, saying: “I’ll take ‘mediocre’” instead.

Once the show really got going, however, MacFarlane had no shortage of targets. From calling “Django Unchained” the perfect date movie for Chris Brown and Rihanna to swipes at Ben Affleck to teasing Oscar for giving awards to people like Jean Dujardin to teasing George Clooney about his predilection towards younger women, MacFarlane certainly wasn’t afraid to push the envelope.

Probably his most controversial joke, however, was a remark on “Lincoln.”

“I always thought the actor who got most inside Lincoln’s head,” he joked, “was John Wilkes Booth.” The crowd groaned and some may see it as over the top – but for those of you who watch “Family Guy,” that sort of humor is no surprise.

Of course, MacFarlane’s efforts received mixed reactions on the Web.

Sometimes host and fellow bad boy Ricky Gervais (@RickyGervais) offered Seth some advice. “@SethMacFarlane have a blast at The Oscars. Don’t hold back. Just call me if you run out of Scientology & holocaust gags.”

Added “Twilight” star Peter Facinelli (@PeterFacinelli): “Enjoying the Oscars with @SethMacFarlane hosting. Best year yet.”

But not everyone was so kind. Cartoonist Johnny Ryan (@MrJohnnyRyan) joked: “I’m surprised Seth MacFarlane has decided to host the Oscars since Matt Groening hasn’t done it yet.”

Added critic/columnist Alyssa Rosenberg (@AlyssaRosenberg ( “I want to sit down Seth MacFarlane and introduce him to the wide world of kind and non-sexual humor. I think it would blow his mind.”

Other Oscar moments on Sunday also got plenty of people talking.

Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) tweeted: “Jennifer Lawrence: Sorry I couldn’t be your Oscar date tonight, but Emmanuelle Riva is going to be there – and you know how my exes are.”

“I always dreamed that the score of one of my films would be used to play people off at the Oscars,” teased Richard Dreyfuss (@RichardDreyfuss), referencing the “Jaws” theme being played as “wrap it up” music. “We did it, Steven!”

“No. My son was the one who lifted Katherine Zeta Jones up by her crotch.” -mom of the guy who lifted Katherine zeta jones up by the crotch,” joked actor Eric Stonestreet (@ericstonestreet) of “Modern Family.”

Jennifer Lawrence Falls, Seth MacFarlane Raises Eyebrows, “Argo” Surprises as Oscars Take Central Stage

Jennifer Lawrence Falls, Seth MacFarlane Raises Eyebrows, “Argo” Surprises as Oscars Take Central Stage

And that’s all folks. Another year in movies, another awards season must come to an end. The climax of all that’s gold and glitters in Hollywood presented us with the 85th Academy Awards last night. As with all Oscars’ telecasts, there were aspects that hit the mark and others that flopped.

Of course you can’t talk about the Oscars without first dabbling in the fashion. Many of the night’s silver-screen goddesses did not disappoint with actresses like Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence ruling the red carpet with overwhelming glamour. Unfortunately, there’s always a few that the consensus deems did not get it right. Sorry, Anne Hathaway! I think the night will still go well for you…

Seth MacFarlane proved adept at hosting, even succeeding at making Grumpy-Cat-lookalike Tommy Lee Jones smile within the first five minutes. The first-time Oscar host seemed to struggle with the overall tone for the show, however. While rather innocently jabbing at the likes of Ben Affleck and Daniel Day-Lewis, he also elicited a few audience gasps when he made a Chris Brown/Rihanna joke and a John Wilkes Booth reference that also got a chorus of “Oooohs.” It wasn’t too shocking; you come to expect any host to stretch the boundaries a bit with one or two jokes that may not be entirely PC and remember, Seth MacFarlane is the creator of everyone’s favorite raunchy teddy bear, “Ted.” But all of this was mixed in with some old-fashioned singing and dancing with help from Charlize Theron, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Daniel Radcliffe, that while cute, made for an odd juxtaposition. All in all though, a valiant effort Mr. MacFarlane!

Another interesting addition to this year’s show was the curious choice for the infamous “playing-you-off” musical score. As Ellen DeGeneres most aptly put it the year she hosted, “It’s not that we don’t have time for long speeches. We don’t have time for boring speeches.” The orchestra playing the “Jaws” theme to hurry up the winners’ speeches was funny the first few times, but in the end seemed a bit awkward and mean, especially when it cut off Best Visual Effects winner Bill Westenhofer. Perhaps a return is in order to the tried and true classic music, which is a bit easier to talk over.

All this talk and we haven’t even discussed the winners! Not too many shocks overall. Anne Hathaway and Daniel Day-Lewis unsurprisingly took home the gold for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actor respectively, while Christoph Waltz waltzed his way to a second Supporting Actor win and Jennifer Lawrence collected her first Best Actress trophy, even though it did mean taking a bit of a tumble to get there. The actress handled it with her usual humor and aplomb, though. Don’t worry, J. Law! I’m pretty sure Oscar cushioned the fall!

As for the night’s other top prizes, Ang Lee won Best Director for the visually stunning “Life of Pi” and Ben Affleck’s “Argo” proved its’ momentum train was still chugging along when it took home the coveted Best Picture award. People may argue that it was a peace offering for Ben’s Best Director snub, but the competition was fierce, and “Argo” is a solid and wonderfully crafted film that deserved the honor. Kudos to Ben and everyone involved. For a complete list of the evening’s winners, go here.

The show had other highs, including a celebration of 50 years of James Bond (and one helluva performance by Best Song winner Adele) and a tribute to musicals, which brought performances by Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and the cast of “Les Miserables.” While I am always sad to see Oscar season end, it’s nice to be able to take a bit of a breather before the next feeding frenzy begins. However, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already contemplating what this year’s crop of films will bring…Too soon?

Star Wars: Mark Hamill In Talks to Return, And Other Updates From Far, Far Away…

Star Wars: Mark Hamill In Talks to Return, And Other Updates From Far, Far Away…

The Force has been stronger than ever this week, with talks of Mark Hamill reprising his role as Jedi Luke Skywalker in the upcoming Disney/Lucasfilm Star Wars flick currently known as “Episode VII.”

During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Hamill said that George Lucas had spoken with him and fellow original stars Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford about reprising the roles that first took them to a galaxy far, far away. Although no contracts have been signed, and Lucas assured the actors that if they didn’t want to participate, their characters would be omitted rather than recast, all signs seem to be pointing towards their return.

“It’s all very, very exciting and so unexpected,” Hamill said of the sudden likelihood that he’ll once again wield a lightsaber. “I think that’s the quality I like about it most – it’s like getting a pair of pants out of the closet you haven’t worn in three years and finding a $20 bill in the pocket. It’s just so unexpected.”

The balance of the force seems to rest not only with the real-life alter egos of Luke, Leia and Han, but also with writer Michael Arndt and producer Kathleen Kennedy from Lucasfilm. Both have set meetings with the stars, but talks are in the early stages.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Hamill also wants to be certain that it’s a full-fledged reunion. “Are we going to have the whole gang back?” he said of his thoughts. “Is Carrie and Harrison and Billy Dee (Williams) and Tony Daniels, everybody that’s around from the original (returning)? I want to make sure that everybody’s on board here, rather than just one.”

Hamill also insists that he would prefer that the new trilogy revisit the “carefree and lighthearted and humorous” tone of the original trilogy Star Wars movies.

Although the plot of “Episode VII” has not been revealed, Hamill has his own theories on what could be in store for his character. ”I said to George that I wanted to go back to the way it was, in the sense that ours was much more carefree and lighthearted and humorous – in my opinion, anyway,” said the “Big Red One” star. “I hope they find the right balance of CGI with practical effects. I love props, I love models, miniatures, matte paintings — I’m sort of old school. I think if you go too far in the direction of CGI it winds up looking like just a giant a video game, and that’s unfortunate. … If they listen to me at all, it’ll be, ‘Lighten up and go retro with the way it looks.”

As a Star Wars fan, I would love to see all the original actors reunited on screen all these years later. There was a natural chemistry between them that made the story believable, no matter how absurd the science fiction would sometimes become – and that’s extremely rare. So, keep your fingers crossed for a reunion – and May the Force be with us all.

The Oscars are Finally Here! From Seth to KStew, Jennifer Lawrence to Bradley Cooper, Here’s What to Watch For

The Oscars are Finally Here! From Seth to KStew, Jennifer Lawrence to Bradley Cooper, Here’s What to Watch For

The 85th Academy Awards is coming your way this Sunday – and whether you’re watching with friends at a party or all alone on the couch in a Snuggie, here’s our list of some things that will make or break the show:

The Host – All eyes will be on first-time host Seth MacFarlane, as we’ll finally learn whether he’ll lean towards raunch or the tried-and-true, safer gameplan mapped out over the decades by the likes on Billy Crystal and Bob Hope. The Oscar hosting gig has fell into a bit of a rut the past few years, with the Academy trying everything from attracting new, younger viewers (which unfortunately led to a disastrous experience for co-hosts and viewers alike to retreating back to old stand-bys. Indeed, apart from Hugh Jackman’s lively musically-tinged gig in 2009 and some intermittent Steve Martin appearances, the difficult hosting job has become as stale as a day old bagel at Einstein Brothers. Perhaps MacFarlane can bring some of his “Ted” and “Family Guy” magic to this year’s proceedings while providing some much-needed raucousness. If not, I’d like to see the golden gals from the Golden Globes – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – get handed the reigns for next year.

The Fashion – Even if you’re not a fan of the sometimes-tedious telecast, plenty of people enjoy tuning in to see what Hollywood’s best and brightest show up wearing. Most of the lovely nominees – from Jessica Chastain to Jennifer Lawrence to Anne Hathaway – have a reputation for playing it glamorous and classy (if a little bit safe). Call me crazy, but I always hold out hope for at least one hilarious fashion faux pas to make their way down the red carpet. Maybe someone could resurrect Bjork’s infamous 2001 swan dress? With a presenter list that ranges from Kristen Stewart to Jane Fonda, there should certainly be a wide array of fashion choices on display.

The Winners – It was a great year in movies, with the majority of the nine Best Picture nominees all deserving of some gold in at least one category. But with so many categories looking like tight races, all bets are off. There are a couple apparent shoe-ins, however, like Anne Hathaway for Best Supporting Actress and Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor. Every other actor must curse the years Day-Lewis has a new movie coming out, the guy is unstoppable. My heart aches a bit for Bradley Cooper as he was quite solid in “Silver Linings Playbook,” but there’s always next time!

The Surprises – There’s always a few. It’s extremely rare that everything goes according to plan, and there aren’t a few upsets. This year’s potential surprises all seem to revolve around “Argo,” especially if it wins Best Picture – a feat that a few short months ago would have seemed unfathomable. Ever since the Academy snubbed Ben Affleck for a Best Director nod, “Argo” has been sticking it to the man so to speak, and racking up wins at nearly every other awards fest. While Affleck has been casual about the snub, it should prove to be the ultimate validation for him should the film take the night’s top honor. Or, who knows, maybe voters will do something really crazy, ignoring “momentum” and simply giving the Oscar to…the best film of the year?

No matter what, soon enough, all our questions will be answered! Stay tuned with Nicerazzi for a recap of the Awards and winners!