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By spolonsky // February 23rd, 2012

As everyone gets ready to tune-in to the 84th Annual Academy Awards this weekend, we decided to roll out our very own red carpet predictions for the night’s winners and losers based on top questions asked on by more than 100 million users. To help celebrate the Oscar predictions and nominees we sent some star-studded cookies to a few friends as a teaser.

The predictions envelope please…

George Clooney nabs his second career Oscar as Best Actor. 

Viola Davis edges out Meryl Streep to win her first Best Actress Academy Award. 

The Descendants takes home top prize as Best Picture.

Veteran actor Christopher Plummer will take home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

Octavia Spencer earns the golden statue for Best Supporting Actress.

Michelle Williams leaves us speechless, winning best dressed of the night.

Rooney Mara’s ensemble will be a red carpet disaster. 

Charlize Theron will bring her mama as her date.

Woody Allen will be a no-show.

Biggest upset? Brad Pitt not going home a winner. 

Regardless of which stars win or lose, the Oscars are always a night full of surprises. So whether you are hosting an Oscar party or relaxing with a bag of popcorn, get ready for a night filled with the glitz and glamour only Hollywood can bring.

Oscar Treats

Brad Pitt

Rooney Mara

Michelle Williams

- Sheree Polonsky, Public Relations 

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Countdown to the Oscars

By eekidder // January 24th, 2012

Hollywood is all abuzz this morning, because the nominations for film’s most prestigious awards were announced.  Martin Scorsese’s Hugo was honored with 11 nominations, and The Artist was close behind with 10.  So which nominations were a surprise, and who got snubbed this year? Many are happily surprised with the supporting nominations for popular comedy actors Melissa McCarthy and Jonah Hill, and agape at the lack of Best Actor nomination for Leonardo DiCaprio and his performance as J. Edgar Hoover. 

So who do you think will win this year’s top Oscar honors? Will the showdown between good friends George Clooney and Brad Pitt end in one taking home the coveted statue, or will newcomer to the Oscar scene Jean Dujardin best them both for his turn as a silent film actor in The Artist?  Will Meryl Streep win her third Oscar for portraying Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, or will Michelle Williams triumph for becoming Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn? Here at, we’ll be watching the show on Sunday February 26, and updating our answers live to make sure we have the most up-to-date info possible!  And in the meantime, there are so many movies to watch!

Emily Kidder, Knowledge Engineer/Answer Geek

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Is it almost December already?

By robbiewf // November 30th, 2011

Believe it or not, 2011 is quickly coming to a close and 2012 is just around the corner. Which means it’s time for our annual look back on the rumors, gossip and news that captured Ask users’ attention this year. Since people come to Ask with a lot of questions, instead of just search terms, we compiled the top trending questions of the year. Ready?

In a surprise upset, curvaceous queen of the reality TV overshare, Kim Kardashian edged out Justin Bieber to take home the honors for the top trending question in 2011. Guess what they asked? Well, keep reading.

Or, are you more of a viewer than a reader? Then check out our cool little video



Of course Bieber Fever dominated all year, but Kim K. knocked J. Biebs out of the top spot with the her fairytale wedding, followed shortly by a dramatic and (unexpected?) split.

Our #1? Kim Kardashian: Was Kim Kardashian’s wedding fake?

Runner up? Justin Bieber: Is Justin Bieber going to be a dad?


Sadly, nature showed her destructive side again this year and two major disasters took the top two spots for questions most asked about news items.

1.     Earthquake in Japan: How big was the earthquake in Japan?

2.     Hurricane Irene: What caused Hurricane Irene?

Another force of nature, Amy Winehouse, also made the top ten due to her untimely death. The news of Winehouse’s death was heard around the world — transcending the celebrity pages to become one of the biggest news items of the year.


Is it election year? Who can tell these days, but the Democrats vs. Republicans showdown is well underway and a number of notables kept popping up all year.

1.     Barack Obama: Will Obama get re-elected?

2.     Mitt Romney: What is Mitt Romney’s religion?

But the questions we get don’t just identify the most popular figures and events of 2011. For the first time, we took the top questions to predict the headlines of the year to come. Nice.

Based on thousands of questions, we predict 2012… (imagine a drum roll):  

1.     George Clooney wins his second AND third Academy Award

2.     Dr. Oz surpasses Dr. Phil in ratings in a post-Oprah world

3.     Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl second year in a row

4.     McDonald’s adds the McRib to their permanent menu

5.     New York reclaims its spot as top the US travel destination from 2011 leader Orlando

6.     Breakout star of 2011, Nicki Minaj, leapfrogs pop icon Katy Perry in album sales

7.     Pippa jumps onto the list of top ten baby names of the year

8.     Facebook goes public with world’s largest IPO

9.     Tiger Woods retires from golf

And, finally…Will the world end in 2012?

10.   Yeah, pretty sure IT WON’T


Alright. Now we can all go back to braving the cold weather, the shopping madness, the food, the peppermint mochas, the family and the presents. I’ll be right there with you.

Happy Holidays!


Robbie Waeschenfelder, Director, Marketing & Trendy Trend Expert 

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