Last night’s Academy Awards ceremony was a typical mixed bag of great — and not-so-great — moments. But which moments struck a chord with us one way or another? Find out after the jump!

The Best

#1 Christopher Plummer Finally Wins an Oscar

How cool is this? Not only did Christopher Plummer give a touching performance in Beginners, but the guy is 82, that’s right, 82 years old. Talk about a lifetime achievement Oscar! Not only that, but the guy gives great speeches. Bravo, Academy, bravo!

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Last night’s Academy Awards ceremony was a typical mixed bag of great — and not-so-great — moments. But which moments struck a chord with us one way or another? Find out after the jump!

The Best

#1 Christopher Plummer Finally Wins an Oscar

How cool is this? Not only did Christopher Plummer give a touching performance in Beginners, but the guy is 82, that’s right, 82 years old. Talk about a lifetime achievement Oscar! Not only that, but the guy gives great speeches. Bravo, Academy, bravo!

#2 ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Upsets Film Editing

I have to be honest, I was very surprised to see this win for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Film Editing notoriously goes to the Best Picture winner, and it wasn’t even nominated. That said, I can’t think of a film more deserving of this award and was absolutely thrilled to be proven wrong on my prediction.

#3 The Bridesmaids Cast Liven Up the Smaller Categories

How funny are these gals? Producer Brian Glazer was pretty smart, in my opinion, of putting these comedic geniuses on the stage during the Shorts awards — which can usually get pretty dull — to spice up the room with their own brand of humor.

#4 Sasha Baron Cohen Embarrasses Ryan Seacrest

Okay. I was a bit skeptical when I heard that Sasha Baron Cohen would be arriving at the Oscars as his character from The Dictator…To me, it seemed like overkill. Boy was I wrong! Cohen seemingly made a B-line for Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet and proceded to embarrass and shock the E! personality by dumping what was supposed to be the ashes of Kim Jong Il all over the stunned Seacrest. Now that’s how you make the pre-show interesting, people.

#5 Bret McKensie and ‘The Muppets’ are Oscar Winners

How awesome is it that half of the Flight of the Conchords is now an Oscar-winner? My love for The Muppets is no secret, but it would be hard to argue that an Oscar win for the film and McKenzie is not well-deserved. This is what the Oscars is all about!

The Worst

#1 “The Artist” Sweeps Major Categories

Yes, The Artist won Best Picture, Director, and Actor. Yes, I predicted all three wins would occur. Yes, I’m mad about it. I enjoyed The Artist, it’s entertaining and sweet. Oscar-worthy? No. The film basically relies on a gimmick and a charismatic lead and puppy. Is the art of it really something special? Not really, and especially not when you compare it with the rest of the field this year. I find it silly that The Artist is apparently the best that cinema has to offer…

#2 Meryl Streep, Not Viola Davis Wins

I understand, Meryl Streep is one of the greatest actresses of our time. I realize that she hasn’t won an Oscar since 1983. But c’mon! Simply handing Streep an Oscar because she played an importnat political figure seems weak. Not to mention the film in question, The Iron Lady, wasn’t even received well. Viola Davis, meanwhile, shined in The Help, and was even honored with the prestigious SAG award. So what gives? I realize this view is not shared by all, but in my eyes this was a low moment for this year’s Oscars. Even Streep recognized this by saying “When they called my name I had this feeling I could hear half of America going ‘Oh no, why?'” You read my mind, Meryl. Nice acceptance speech, though!

#3 No Best Song Performances

While this is old news, the idea of not having the Best Song nominees (read: The Muppets) perform during the Oscars is pretty ridiculous. In my eyes, this is the biggest misstep from the Academy and producer Brian Grazer this year. The missed opportunity of having Kermit, Walter, Jason Segel and even The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons perform live onstage is just a shame. Instead? We get a Cirque Du Soleil performance that has little to do with movies and the Oscars in general.

#4 Emmanuel Lubezki Snubbed Again for Best Cinematography

When is this guy going to get the recognition he deserves? This is the second time that Emmanuel Lubezki has won the top honor at the ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) awards and gone on to lose the Oscar. What gives? Not only is the guy supremely talented, but with each film Lubezki pushes the bill for what can be done on film. He did it with Children of Men, and the same can be said of The Tree of Life. Emmanuel, you have my vote!

#5 The Unfulfilled In Memoriam Segment

How is it that these award shows never seem to put much effort into the “In Memoriam” segments? While Esperanza Spalding did a nice rendition of “What a Wonderful World,” they didn’t seem to put much effort into the actual montage. Which is a shame, as they should have honored the likes of Whitney Houston, Peter Falk, Steve Jobs, and Elizabeth Taylor, better. Agree?

Which were your favorite or least favorite moments from last night’s ceremonies?

Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-concept-art

In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017