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The Almighty Goz is too good for awards shows (yes, even the Oscars)

Hey girl, I’m busy (Image: Kristian Dowling/Getty Images Entertainment)

He skipped the Golden Globes, and now he’s skipped the Oscars—Ryan Gosling does not care for awards ceremonies anymore. Or at least that’s the impression he’s giving his many fans, who likely lit memorial candles in his absence from last night’s Oscars. Rumour has it he’s still working away on Only God Forgives in Thailand, and Ides of March screenwriter Beau Willimon says that wouldn’t surprise him, as Gosling is a man who “never stops.” But seriously, people need to calm down, because despite his many roles this year, he wasn’t even nominated. We’d choose Thailand too if it meant not having to suffer through actors pretending to be pals over not-witty scripted banter. Ryan Gosling: more than just a pretty face.

Oscars 2012: where in the world is Ryan Gosling? [L.A. Times]

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Canadians at the Oscars: Christopher Plummer and Justin Bieber edition

Christopher Plummer toasts to his accomplishment (Image: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Entertainment)

Last night at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, the Canadian quotient was at an impressive low (seriously, Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling were nowhere to be found). That said, Christopher Plummer did take home Best Actor in a Supporting Role and appeared humbled by the honour (at 82, he’s the oldest actor to be awarded an Oscar); Cirque du Soleil performed an homage to the silent film era, complete with kooky expressions and what looked like jazz hands; and Justin Bieber made a cameo in host Billy Crystal’s Best Picture montage. Sadly, Monsieur Lazhar did not win Best Foreign Language Film. Of course, a number of things that have nothing to do with Canada also deserve mentioning: we confirmed that Billy Crystal isn’t funny to people under the age of 80; Angelina Jolie’s leg was a sight to behold; Emma Stone was positively charming; Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. proved—for the second time—that they have absolutely no onstage chemistry; and the Oscars really need to start thinking about taking a cue from the Golden Globes, because sitting through the painful staged banter requires alcohol (not little cellophane bags of popcorn).

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Sorry ladies and gents, Judy Blume’s got her eye on Ryan Gosling

In an interview with the New York Times, in which she picked her Oscar favourites, famed young adult author Judy Blume revealed that she may be 74 years old, but she’s still interested in young, sexy men:

Q: Are you a fan of Ryan Gosling?

A: Oh yes. Oh yes, I am. I could probably be his grandma. [Laughs] But those things never stop.

We’re from the school of thought that if Judy Blume is interested in a man, she gets him. Sorry ladies! Enjoy your Friday nights on your settee pillows—there’s only one Almighty Goz to go around.

My Oscar Picks: Judy Blume [New York Times]

(Images: Judy Blume, Carl Lender; Ryan Gosling, Grey Goose Soho House)

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Drink the Oscars: just the right drink for each of the best picture nominees

As a companion to our 2012 Academy Awards drinking game, which tells you when to take a swig, we here at the Dish thought we’d bring you a little helpful instruction on just what to drink during your Oscar party this year, depending on which film you’re hoping to see walk away with the big prize at the end of the night.

For fans of The Artist
With the advent of the talkies, silent film star George Valentin turns to the bottle, in this case whisky, for solace. You could turn to a nice, cheap bottle of Dewar’s White Label. ($23.95 at the LCBO)

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Oscar night 2012: the Drinking Game

The Oscars are this Sunday, which means there are just two more days to stock up on spirits, beer and wine for the big night (finger sandwiches would also be nice—just saying). In an effort to make this evening of self-congratulation a little more bearable, we present Torontolife.com’s 2012 Oscars Drinking Game, complete with various levels of game play. Find out how to get completely tossed—that’s Hollywood, baby—after the jump (as always, please drink responsibly—and drink these).

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TIFF to Tinseltown: a tour of the 16 Oscar-nominated features that screened at TIFF

Now that Oscar campaigns involve a full five months of press events, splashy parties and ukulele deliveries, the Toronto International Film Festival has become the unofficial kickoff of Oscar season. Last September, film-mad Torontonians had the chance to see 16 feature films that are now up for an Academy Award (between drinks at Soho House and rubbing shoulders with Bono, of course). Not to worry if you missed a few—before the little golden men are passed out on Sunday night, we take a look at the movies that started their Oscar journey right here in Toronto. Click here to check out all 16, to see what awards their up for and to view their cinematic trailers »

(Images: Hollywood, afternoon; Toronto, journalistjeff)

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The destined-to-be-changed (four times) Toronto Fashion Week schedule has been announced

Our preliminary notes on Toronto Fashion Week 2012

The schedule for Toronto Fashion Week has been released by the Fashion Design Council of Canada, with an exciting addition and some scheduling changes that will help with claustrophobic guests who don’t like being shuffled from big show to big show (we’re of course talking about the Mimrans). The big buzz is around TFW’s penultimate show on Friday March 16: Rad Hourani, the Jordan-born, Montreal-raised, Parisian designer is considered a huge “get” for the FDCC. Another huge change is the separation of Joe Freezy’s Joe Fresh from wife Kimberly Newport-Mimran’s Pink Tartan, with Joe Fresh closing March 14 and Pink Tartan showing before David Dixon on March 15—the pair usually present their collections back-to-back, leaving many to note the striking similarities between the two (and it just gets so busy that people complain too much). As always, the Holt Renfrew show opening festivities on Monday March 12 will be the season’s biggest ticket for socialite types, with Joe Fresh and Pink Tartan also hotly anticipated by the ladies-who-lunch. Finally, menswear line Ezra Constantine, from design duo Kirk Pickersgill and Steven Wong, will spin off into its own show separate from their womenswear collection Greta Constantine (still showing off-site), possibly indicating a larger collection? Naturally we’re excited for all the changes to come, but where’s young designer Amanda Lew Kee? Has she abandoned us for New York forever? Typical.

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Point/Counterpoint: was Ryan Gosling snubbed by the Academy?

This morning we asked Torontolife.com intern Frances McInnis and associate online editor Kevin Naulls to watch the announcement of the Oscar nominations. One thing was clear to both of them: the absence of Ryan Gosling. He didn’t get a nod for best actor or best abs, and Frances is not too pleased—we can only just imagine how those protesters from last year are reacting (crying, obviously). Find out how they both feel (note: it’s hilarious) in their live, up-to-the-minute coverage of what some are likely viewing as the worst possible outcome (Ryan Gosling being snubbed again!) after the jump.

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