TODAY | February 24, 2014
>>> welcome back to "today," it's monday morning, february 24th , 2014 . i'm willie geist along with al, natalie and the newest member of our family, miss tamron hall .
>> are you going to do your own history of rap for us?
>> i think we should. just quickly to recap, willie stood me up during a karaoke contest. we were judges and i said let's do beyonce and jay-z, and we ended up doing "endless love."
>> not remotely how it happened. they didn't have the song we wanted in the book. we were hat boxed, we were railroaded --
>> this friday, if they -- oh.
>> are you asking me to do it now?
>> go for it.
>> i saw you --
>> this was the one we were going to do.
>> but i thought --
>> i was just standing there. waiting.
>> by friday, we'll have it down.
>> okay. you want to do it friday?
>> we're having a blast doing the usa today thing. this sunday it's the academy awards . this morning, we reveal our picks for the " usa today "/"today" show pick. which movie will get the most awards?
>> i think 12 years a slave will receive the acting awards, but i think "gravity" might outweigh it when you put in the technical awards into the mix.
>> i agree with you "12 years" is a favorite. a bit of a spoiler on best picture .
>> yeah, i'm going with "gravity" getting the awards because i think it was a different kind of film. and i think it sort of set new ground as to how far the 3d and technology.
>> and "12 years a slave."
>> my heart was pounding when i watched that film, nothing like it.
>> red carpet moments. whose gown will inspire the most chatter?
>> i think lupita, but i put margot.
>> i'm going with cate blanchett because she'll win for "blue jasmine."
>> who will the host, ellen, roast the most?
>> i think jonah hill for the things he did in "wolf of wall street ."
>> i went bradley cooper because he admitted he went commando to a state dinner .
>> i'm going with george clooney . he seems to be in the moment right now. golden globes , everybody sort of picked on him.
>> hard to beat that. i wouldn't go back there. academy awards are this sunday, this coming sunday, march 2nd .
>> good. all right.
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