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The Factories That Churn Out America's Most Iconic Trophies

There’s a little trophy shop called Aardvark Laser Engraving down the street from our office in Oakland. It’s small but bustling, and its windows are stuffed to the brim with awards made of all kinds of materials and in any shape you can imagine: chalices, orbs, golfers, gavels, apples and plaques. Plenty of plaques. They are engraved to award the Club DJ of the Year, the newest member of a local Freemason branch, one mysterious trophy just says “Rifle Expert”, and there are plenty of heartfelt engravings to spouses, family members and retiring co-workers.


A Treasure Trove Of Hollywood History On The Redesigned Oscars Website

Oscar fever is traditionally a seasonal affliction, but not anymore. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just redesigned its website and added a veritable goldmine of archival clips and pics from its gigantic permanent collection that goes way beyond the awards themselves.


Everything You Need To Fake Your Way Into An Oscar Nominee's Entourage

The Academy Awards: that wonderful yearly event when we collectively celebrate the accomplishments of talented, beautiful people. They’re nothing like you, and they’d never be caught hanging with you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get yourself into their crew.


Oscar Losers Get Free Trip To Space

Jesse Eisenberg – not an Oscar winner. However! As part of his Hey sorry, no hard feelings goody bag from the Academy, he’s getting a $US200,000 free trip on Virgin Galactic – along with all the other losers. [NYP via Hairpin]


Why Was James Franco Staring At His iPhone During The Oscars?

Probably-stoned Oscars host James Franco and his giggly, unbearable sidekick Anne Hathaway: mediocre. But whilst bombing, Franco couldn’t keep his mitts off his iPhone – he first appeared on stage gleefully gripping it. So what’s he doing with the thing?


The Best GIFs From The 10 Best Picture Nominees

Haven’t seen all 10 Academy Award Best Picture nominees yet? Never fear! I strongly suggest you base your Oscar pool picks purely on these exemplary GIFs. [MTV via TDW]


Steve Jobs Trades Turtleneck For Tuxedo At The Academy Awards

CNET thinks they’ve snagged a photo of Apple CEO Steve Jobs schmoozing at the Academy Awards. Does this mean the iPad’s going to make a last minute appearance in those outlandish $US85,000 gift bags? Updated: It’s him.


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