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?

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?

The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

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The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

Favreau tweeted the news Friday evening:

According to a statement from Disney, The Lion King “will build on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book to bring the story of Simba to photorealistic life.”

A release date for the film hasn’t been set. Favreau also helmed the live-action Jungle Book for the studio.

So far casting is off to a great start!