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Justin Bieber, slimed? Kids' Choice Awards beats out Oscars

Kids' Choice Awards
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Tinseltown loves award shows and deep down, so do we -- but there's always SOMETHING to complain about. "Too old," the critics moan when they look at the Oscar voters and their tastes. "Too young," the same critics say when they listen to the shrill sound of the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Both are accurate appraisals, but which of the two shows is serving its audience best?

On Saturday, the 25th edition of the Kids’ Choice Awards brought its tween screams to USC's Galen Center. The show handed out its trophies (bright orange blimps that weigh about 2 pounds) and reveled in its grand tradition of drenching celebrities in slime (Halle Berry once got surprised with a kiss at the Academy Awards; on Saturday she got a face full of soupy green goop), but also offered moments of unintentional hilarity.

A boy band called Big Time Rush won a Blimp for favorite music act, and one of the members poignantly declared that the group had “waited a long time for this” because, well, you know, it’s been 15 whole months since their debut album was released.

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Still, is it better to be coated in green or tinged with gray? We attended the Saturday show with a plan to compare the Oscars and Kids' Choice Awards to see which one is really pushing the envelope in audience satisfaction. Here’s how we graded the galas.

The Carpet: The rug is red at the Oscars, but for the Kids' Choice Awards they roll out an orange carpet. Instead of Brad Pitt, the man of the hour on Saturday was Josh Hutcherson of "The Hunger Games" and (according to an unscientific measure of sidewalk screaming) he is second only to Justin Bieber as the most desired boyfriend in the Clearasil nation. The Academy Awards are haute couture, Kids' Choice Awards are Hot Topic. Inane questions and comments await the celebrities walking down both carpets, but there are some differences. "You look like you've grown since last year," one chipper KCAs announcer told teen heartthrob Cody Simpson. EDGE: OSCARS

The Audience: The Oscars audience is producers, actors, agents, executives -- the elite of Hollywood in rented gowns and insured jewelry. The Nickelodeon audience is kids (and their shellshocked parents) who cheer, scream, dance, sing and never ever grow weary of famous people getting slimed. (The weird thing is the stars are always surprised. Taylor Lautner totally should have seen that coming, right?) The KCA crowd is unflagging in its enthusiasm; they greeted singer Katy Perry with a passionate chant of "Kay-tee! Kay-tee!" and kept cheering even after her shaky-key performance. Even when faced with Perry's farewell threat -- "I can't wait to do 'Smurfs 2'!" -- they just kept cheering. Clearly, this is a crowd drinking the Kool-Aid. EDGE: BLIMPS

The Voters: The Oscars voters take heat for being stuffy, too old and out of touch with mainstream tastes. The Kids' Choice Awards voters (anyone with access to the Internet) handed their favorite actor award to Adam Sandler. For "Jack & Jill." EDGE: OSCARS

The Hosts: Tough call. Old reliable Billy Crystal was back as Oscars host this year, but Saturday's host, Will Smith, is the king of the KCAs -- he has won more Blimps than any other star. Smith was lowered from the rafters, danced, sang and went into the crowd to mug for the cameras -- but he was oddly flat for much of the show. However, he did two extraordinary things: First, he never once plugged his upcoming film "Men in Black 3" or mentioned its release date. Second, at the end of the show he grabbed Bieber, pinned back his arms and held the pop star helpless as he was pounded by an impressive geyser of green slime. Way to finish, Big Willie. EDGE: BLIMPS

The Tiebreaker: Both shows have their faults, each has its special magic. So how to choose a winner? Well, the 84th Academy Awards stretched out to three hours and 14 minutes. The Kids’ Choice Awards, on the other hand, started at 5 p.m. and had us out the door by 6:40 p.m. Suddenly, Big Time Rush sounds like a good idea, because none of us are getting any younger. OUR WINNER: BLIMPS

[For the record, 8:13 a.m. April 1: An earlier version of this post said Saturday marked the 21st edition of the Kids' Choice Awards. It was the 25th year of the awards.]

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Photo: From left, Big Time Rush members Carlos Pena, Logan Henderson, James Maslow and Kendall Schmidt accept the Blimp for favorite music group at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

Academy Awards 2012: What time are the Oscars on TV?

Academy Awards 2012

Looking for information about the 2013 Oscars? You'll find that here.

What time are the Oscars? Despite what you may see online, the 84th Academy Awards show starts at 5:30 p.m. Pacific on ABC.

Yet on the academy site and ABC.com, the promos clearly state: "Live Oscar Sunday Feb. 26 7e | 4 p." So what gives? In reality, that's when red carpet coverage begins in earnest on flagship network ABC. But the show itself, which will feature Billy Crystal as host and Cirque du Soleil performing at the Hollywood & Highland complex, won't start until 90 minutes later.

Whether you're just interested in the ceremony or being fully immersed in everything Oscars, there's plenty of coverage before, during and after the show. 

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Among the questions for the night: Will "The Artist" continue its awards show run by taking home the best picture Oscar, or will a film such as "The Descendants," "The Help" or "Hugo" be able to knock it off its perch? Will Viola Davis become only the second African American actress to win the Oscar for best actress for her role in "The Help"? And will Sacha Baron Cohen try to show up as his "Dictator" character?

You can follow all the action live on The Envelope. For TV coverage, see the list below.

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Grammys 2012: CBS delay on West Coast angers social media

Adele 2012 Grammy Awards

Why wasn’t the 2012 Grammy Awards show broadcast live on the West Coast? That was the question many music fans in the Pacific time zone were asking Sunday night.

The ceremony was similarly tape-delayed last year, but with the increasing popularity of “social viewing” — watching live events along with friends and strangers on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites — the West Coast time delay was hugely frustrating to Californians. While those on the East Coast saw the show live, West Coasters couldn’t see the ceremony, complete with its tribute to Whitney Houston and the return of Adele, until three hours after it began at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

“WHY are the #GRAMMYS not going live on the West Coast ?!?!?!” tweeted Preston Willis (@pwils02), a sentiment echoed across the Twittersphere.

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Show Tracker commenter Lola Lloyd voiced annoyance on behalf of Angelenos: “Being live a couple of miles away then waiting for 3 hours for a tape delay makes no sense. Especially on a weekend night. For one thing it makes live blogging impossible. Plus the winners are posted before we see the show. UNFAIR!”

Several actors also got into the act on Twitter; “Lost” actress Rebecca Mader (@bexmader) vented: "So silly that the Grammys isn't airing live in LA. Bleugh.” While Lenny Jacobsen (@Lennyjacobson), who plays Lenny on “Nurse Jackie,” tweeted: "Not fair that the #Grammys are not live on the West Coast.. i can't make fun,I mean watch them in real time with the rest of you."

Even CNN’s Piers Morgan got in on the act, grousing on Twitter: “Twitter means you can't air 'live' awards shows 3hrs late on West Coast. Get a grip @CBS - Oscars/Emmys both aired same time both coasts.” He continued a little while later, “So let me get this straight - the #Grammys are airing live in Nigeria, but not in LA, where it's actually happening? Nice work @CBS #goons."

Show Tracker commenter Constance Clark proposed that West Coasters protest: “I'm SO upset that we here on the west coast have to wait 3 hours to see the Grammys!! It is down right unfair. We here should NOT watch so they have dismal ratings. Then, we win.”

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Photo: Adele at the 54th Grammy Awards at Staples Center. Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images.

Grammys 2012: What time is the show? Allow us to explain

Adele is among Grammys 2012 nominees. The show is at 5 p.m., but you'll probably have to wait until 8 to see it.

What time are the 2012 Grammy Awards? It's a seemingly simple question, since the show starts at 5 p.m. Pacific on Sunday at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. But unless you have a ticket to the show or access to the East Coast feed, if you live in Southern California, you'll have to wait till 8 p.m. to see the Grammys on TV. Just like the East Coast, which gets to see the show live on CBS.

Got it?

Regardless of the time, Adele, Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Lil Wayne and Skrillex are among the nominees, and country music legend Glen Campbell is being honored with a lifetime achievement award.

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LL Cool J will host the 54th Grammy Awards, the first time in seven years that the Grammys have opted to have a host.

But there's more to the Grammys than the telecast itself, including a ceremony in the afternoon in which most of the awards are handed out, which you can follow live on the Pop & Hiss blog.

On TV, coverage and related programming begin early on CMT and pick up on E! and TV Guide Channel. See the list below.

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“CMT Celebrates: Country Music at the Grammys,” 8 a.m. Sunday, CMT (5 a.m. on satellite systems): CMT takes a look at the country categories for this year's Grammy Awards. Included are videos for nominated country songs and artists. 

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Steve Buscemi talks about the secret of 'Boardwalk Empire'

Steve Buscemi and Boardwalk Empire cast at the SAG Awards

Although Steve Buscemi took home a SAG award for best actor in a drama series Sunday night — his second in a row for the role of Nucky Thompson in the HBO show “Boardwalk Empire” — he doesn't see himself as a leading man.

“I still feel like a character actor,” the actor said backstage, surrounded by the show’s cast, which also won for ensemble cast in a TV drama. “It's being part of that ensemble that matters. For me the show is Atlantic City. We all live and work there, and Nucky does run things, but there are plenty of people who want that job as well.”

What makes for a good ensemble? The cast members agreed it’s the writing.

“Someone else writes the words,” said Gretchen Mol, who plays aging showgirl Gillian Darmody. “It’s always a surprise from week to week. At the end of the day, it’s really the writers in that room. I don’t know how they come up with what they do. It’s so bold and scary and I don’t know how they get away with it.”

For his part, Michael Pitt, who played Mol's character's son Jimmy Darmody, was already thinking about more practical things.

“I’m hungry, and I want a cigarette,” he announced, causing an indignant cry from one of the children in the cast.

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Photo: Cast of "Boardwalk Empire" at SAG Awards. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press.

Mary Tyler Moore: After SAG Awards, what could be next?

Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012

Mary Tyler Moore took the stage Sunday to accept her award for career achievement, with her TV husband Dick Van Dyke singing her praises. And with Betty White onstage earlier to accept the award for female actor in a comedy series, the Screen Actors Guild Awards veered close to being an "MTM" episode of "This Is Your Life."

From the stage at the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles, Van Dyke recalled wondering aloud when he first met Moore: "Do you think she can do comedy?"

She could indeed, as she proved in her roles as Laura Petrie on the 1960s sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and later as Mary Richards on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

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Moore could do drama too, with several serious roles on Broadway and TV. Her work in the heart-wrenching 1980 film "Ordinary People" earned her an Oscar nomination for lead actress.

Moore, of course, is perhaps best known for her role on her self-titled show, where she became the face of the modern single career woman. The pioneering role set the standard for countless female-driven comedy series, not to mention real-life careers. Even Oprah Winfrey has given credit to Moore.

Moore also has helped raised funds and awareness about abused animals. The actress, who contracted juvenile diabetes, has been outspoken about the disease and has supported research for most of her career.

On Sunday, Moore enchanted the audience, telling the tale of how her trademark show business name came to be. It seems there were too many "Mary Moores" already in Hollywood.

Told to change her name, Moore remembered thinking: “I can't change my name. ... What would my father say?” Then she realized she could add her her middle name of Tyler, which was also her father's middle name. A star was born.

When Moore finished her speech, Van Dyke gave her a smooch on the cheek.

But receiving a lifetime achievement award does not mean Moore considers her career to be in the past.

"If a really good part came along, a good script, I'd consider it," she told Los Angeles Times Television Critic Mary McNamara earlier.

Moore said she's a fan of "The Good Wife," and when asked if she would consider playing Diane's (Christine Baranski) aunt, she responded: "She's great." Then, she added with a Mary Richards-esque laugh, "Yeah, yeah, I'll mention it to my agent."

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Photo: Mary Tyler Moore accepts her life achievement SAG award from Dick Van Dyke. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

SAG Awards: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ wins for ensemble in a TV drama series

SAG Awards: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ wins for ensemble in a TV drama series. Click for full coverage.
“Boardwalk Empire” won the SAG Award for ensemble in a TV drama series Sunday. It beat out AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” Showtime’s “Dexter,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” and CBS’ “The Good Wife” for the award.

The series finished its second season on HBO in December. Based on Nelson Johnson’s book about real-life criminal kingpin Enoch Johnson, “Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City,” this Prohibition-era drama chronicles the life of politician and gangster Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi).

This is the cast’s second win and nomination.

"This is such an honor," said Buscemi. He earlier had won his second consecutive trophy for outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series.

The 18th Screen Actors Guild Awards were broadcast nationwide by TNT and TBS from the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles.

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SAG Awards: Steve Buscemi wins for male actor in TV drama series

SAG Awards: Steve Buscemi wins for male actor in TV drama series. Click for full coverage.
Steve Buscemi won the SAG Award for male actor in a drama series for his role in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” Buscemi plays Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, a politician modeled after real-life mob boss Enoch Johnson, who ruled Atlantic City during the Prohibition era.

Buscemi beat out Patrick J. Adams in USA’s “Suits,” Kyle Chandler in DirecTV’s “Friday Night Lights,” Bryan Cranston in AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and Michael C. Hall in Showtime’s “Dexter.”

This is Buscemi’s second consecutive win in this category for his role in “Boardwalk Empire.” Buscemi also won as part of the “Boardwalk Empire” cast at last year’s awards for ensemble in a drama series.

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Photo: Actor Steve Buscemi accepts the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series award for 'Boardwalk Empire.' Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

 

SAG Awards: Jessica Lange wins for female actor in a TV drama series

SAG Awards: Jessica Lange wins for female actor in a TV drama series. Click for full coverage.
Jessica Lange won the SAG Award for female actor in a TV drama series Sunday for her role in FX’s “American Horror Story.” Lange plays Constance Langdon, the sadistic neighbor of the Harmon family and former resident of their cursed house.

Lange beat out Glenn Close in DirecTV’s “Damages,” Kathy Bates in NBC’s “Harry Law,” Julianna Margulies in CBS’ “The Good Wife” and Kyra Sedgwick in TNT’s “The Closer.”

This is Lange’s first win and third nomination.

"To be an actor means everything to me," Lange said while accepting the award.

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Photo: Jessica Lange arrives at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Credit: Matt Sayles / AP

SAG Awards: Paul Giamatti wins for male actor in a TV movie or miniseries

SAG Awards: Paul Giamatti wins for male actor in a TV movie or miniseries. Click for full coverage.
Paul Giamatti won the SAG Award for male actor in a television movie or miniseries on Sunday for his role in HBO’s “Too Big to Fail.” Giamatti plays Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, who, among others, was charged with overseeing the financial crisis of 2008.

Giamatti beat out Laurence Fishburne in HBO’s “Thurgood,” Greg Kinnear in Reelz Channel’s “The Kennedys,” Guy Pearce in HBO’s “Mildred Pierce” and James Woods in HBO’s “Too Big to Fail.”

This is Giamatti’s fourth win and fifth nomination; he previously won for his roles in “Sideways,” “Cinderella Man” and “John Adams.”

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SAG Awards: Kate Winslet wins for female actor in a TV movie or miniseries

SAG Awards: Kate Winslet wins for female actor in a TV movie or miniseries. Click for full coverage.
Kate Winslet won the SAG Award for female actor in a television movie or miniseries Sunday for her role in HBO’s “Mildred Pierce.” Winslet plays title character Mildred Pierce, a Depression-era single mother who longs to provide her snobbish daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) with a better life.

Winslet beat out Diane Lane in HBO’s “Cinema Verite,” Maggie Smith in PBS’s “Downton Abbey,” Emily Watson in the Sundance Channel’s “Appropriate Adult” and Betty White in CBS’ “Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Valentine.”

This is Winslet’s third win in 11 nominations, previously winning for female actor in a supporting role for her work in the films “Sense and Sensibility” and “The Reader.” 

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Photo: Kate Winslet in a scene from "Mildred Pierece." Credit: Andrew Schwartz / HBO

SAG Awards: ’Modern Family’ wins for ensemble in a TV comedy series

SAG Awards: ’Modern Family’ wins for ensemble in a TV comedy series. Click for full coverage.
“Modern Family” won the SAG Award for ensemble in a TV comedy series Sunday. It beat out NBC’s “30 Rock,” CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” Fox’s “Glee” and NBC’s “The Office.”

Currently in its third season on ABC, “Modern Family” chronicles the lives of three unique American families, at the head of which is patriarch Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill), father of Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) and Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), and husband of the significantly younger Gloria Delgado-Pritchett.

This is the cast’s second win and third nomination.    

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Photo: The cast of 'Modern Family' accept the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series award for 'Modern Family' onstage during the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

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