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Academy Awards

Gravity, American Hustle, Top Oscar Noms; See Snubs, Picks!

Sandra Bullock led “Gravity” to the top of the leaderboard for Oscar nominations, along with “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave,” setting up an interesting match up for Academy Awards. But as always, some snubs and notable omissions overshadowed the picks. Let’s get the snubs out of the way, right off the bat....

Carrie Underwood Carries Ball For NFL’s Female Fans (Watch!)

Carrie Underwood debuted her Sunday Night Football theme song (Sept. 8) and helped the NFL do more to get in touch with its feminine side because female fans are following football in growing numbers. In fact, more than 43 million women watched the Super Bowl this year; more than the Grammy Awards or the Academy Awards last year, according to Nielsen, which tracks viewers. Underwood may be the newest female football icon, to benefit from the trend. ...

Miley Cyrus VMA Critics: 10 Reasons Why They’re Off-Base

Miley Cyrus’s performance at the MTV Music Video Awards continues to generate fearsome reaction from nearly every quarter, ranging from the mainstream media to egg-head publications and, of course, the blogosphere. Most of it has been negative and most of it equally way off-base. Here are ten principal arguments critics are using to lambaste the 20-year old singer and why they are all mostly ridiculous....
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Seth MacFarlane Nixes Oscar Return; Why It's a Thankless Job

Seth MacFarlane got one thing right about hosting the Oscars; it’s a thankless job. No wonder he doesn’t want any part of it again. That’s because like all award shows, the Oscars is inherently dull, yet on television dull equals death. Bob Hope set the gold standard for Oscar shows, hosting a record 18 times....

Jennifer Lawrence Gets One Oscar Vote, Vanity Fair Cover (photos)

Jennifer Lawrence appears to have a date with destiny. She’s landed on the February cover of Vanity Fair magazine. The editors are betting she’ll be in the news that month, which happens to be when the Academy Awards will be handed out. She’s already been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress. She shares the category with Emily Blunt for “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” Judy Dench for “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” Maggie Smith in “Quartet” and perennial nominee Meryl Streep, for “Hope Springs.”...

Golden Globes a Perfect Storm of Hollywood Money, Power, Greed

The Golden Globes are completely meaningless from “a scandal-riddled organization aired by a production company desperate for money on a network praying for ratings,” charges Hollywood’s ultimate insider, Nikki Finke. But the real crime is why Hollywood turns a blind eye to its shenanigans year after year. Yet, come Jan. 13 when the curtain rises on the two-hour NBC special, A-list celebrities, studio moguls, media bigwigs and Hollywood players will all be there. Stars will graciously accept awards, thank their hosts dearly and give heart-felt acceptance speeches. And that may be the real scandal. ...
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Angelina Jolie Oscar Pose Sends Leg Into Internet Orbit (photos!)

Angelina Jolie’s leggy Oscar pose may be remembered long after the winners of the 84th Academy Awards are forgotten. It’s gone viral and spawned thousands of quips, not to mention some smashing photoshop mashups. The 36-year-old actress stole the show with her red carpet strut and her striking pose on stage while she presented an award. ...
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Angelina Jolie Wins Oscar Red Carpet With Leggy Dress (video)

Angelina Jolie showed off her long, lean legs in a black strapless Atelier Versace gown at the 2012 Academy Awards in Hollywood Feb. 26, capturing the perfect blend of classic and contemporary. The cinched waist on her form-fitting dress accentuated Angelina’s slender waist and creamy-white shoulders, although her thin frame raised eyebrows....
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Jean Dujardin, The Artist Prove Silence is Golden at Oscars

Jean Dujardin and his film, “The Artist, took top honors–Best Actor and Best Picture, respective– at the 84 Academy Awards on a night that had enough surprises mixed with predictability to keep the awards show interesting. “I love your country,” the French-born Dujardin shouted. He thanked silent star Douglas Fairbanks. The actor’s joie de vivre inspired his performance, he added....
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Meryl Streep Adds Sense of History With Best Actress Oscar

Meryl Streep, the sentimental favorite for Best Actress for her portrayal of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” gave the 84th Academy Awards a sense of history after winning the Oscar, her third, 30 years after her last Oscar win. Streep, 62, became the most nominated actress in Academy Award history with her nod for "The Iron Lady," and even she seemed shocked by the honor....
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Michel Hazanavicius Scores Directing Oscar for The Artist

Michel Hazanavicius has kept the ball rolling for "The Artist" at the 84th Academy Awards, winning for Best Director against formidable competition. The film has 10 Oscar nominations and was the strongest contender coming into the show. The French film director, 44, producer and screenwriter is best known for his spy movie parodies. The Artist was a cut apart....
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Christopher Plummer Marks Career High; Oldest Oscar Winner

Christopher Plummer's stirring performance in "The Beginners" was rewarded with an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. He virtually stole the film as Hal, the gay father of Ewan McGregor's character, Oliver. Plummer, 82, was the oldest actor to win and Oscar, which was also his first despite a distinguished career in film....
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Octavia Spencer A-List After Supporting Actress Oscar Win

Octavia Spencer was humble and teary eyed after winning best supporting actress for her role in "The Help." She played Minny Jackson, a maid with a fiery temperament and little tolerance for the social injustice of her era. Spencer laughed and cried during her acceptance speech which ran over the time limit. Although it seemed as though she hardly had time to say anything of substance for her first win....
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Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Top Stars Live on Oscar Red Carpet (watch!)

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are just one of Hollywood’s hottest couples who will walk the red carpet at tonight’s 84th Academy Awards. TheImproper will livestream red carpet arrivals beginning at 5pm. today (Feb. 26). Pitt and George Clooney will go head-to-head along with Gary Oldman for Best Actor, while nine films were tapped for best picture. The lists includes several dark horses among such favorites as “The Help,” “Moneyball,” and “The Artist.”...