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Oscars: What’s the Message in This Year’s Best Picture Nominations?

Top Oscar nominees “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Birdman,” “Boyhood” at least four other Best Picture nominees share one thing in common. They are all fairly low budget indie movies. This year’s big-money pictures have been scorned,, again. The Oscars have never been about the money (supposedly), but about film artistry, craftsmanship and stellar acting. But in recent years it almost seems like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, is trying to prove to the world that Hollywood really is too cool for school....

Jennifer Lawrence Comes Clean About Drunken Oscar Night (watch!)

Jennifer Lawrence stopped by Seth Meyers last night and explained the real story behind tabloid reports that she got so drunk at Oscar after-parties this year that she threw up. Now for the kicker. Miley Cyrus witnessed the episode and told her to “get it together.” Miley Cyrus? That’s the part that seemed to sensational to be true....

Idina Menzel Sings ‘Let It Go’ Pre School Version on Tonight (watch!)

Jimmy Fallon may have a new show, but he’s up to old tricks again. He and Tonight Show houseband The Roots were joined by Idina Menzel to to perform the hit song “Let It Go” from “Frozen” soundtrack. Of course, Fallon and the band broke out the pre-school instruments especially for the tune. The talk show host has added his own signature arrangement to such songs as Carley Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me, Maybe” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” with hilarious, and always tuneful results....

Will Hollywood Elite Stand, Turn Backs on Woody Allen at Oscars?

Dylan Farrow’s compelling letter to The New York Times detailing the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of Woody Allen is forcing Hollywood to take sides in one of the most emotional, gut-wrenching issues it has ever faced. A whispering campaign has reportedly begun in Hollywood to urge audience members to stand and turn their backs to the stage when Allen’s Oscar category is announced....

Meryl Streep Shades Oscars Over ‘Surprises, Injustices’ (watch!)

Meryl Streep has gotten more Oscar love than any other actress, but doesn’t share the affection for this year’s picks. She told Ellen deGeneres she was “surprised” by the “injustices,” to actors who were passed over this year. There were so many performances that year that were great. I’m thinking of my friend Emma Thompson,” she said....

Oscar Race Still Foggy for Best Picture Following SAG Awards

Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and cast snared surprise best ensemble honors at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards last night (Jan. 18). It halted some of the momentum of “12 Years a Slave,” and turned the Best Picture Oscar race into a muddle. “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” are emerging as head-to-head rivals with “Gravity,” thought to be a strong contender early on, fading in comparison....

Can Oscars Escape Pull of Major Commercial Films Like Gravity?

“American Hustle,” “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave,” are undeniably the biggest contenders for Oscars following the Critics Choice Awards, the first credible group to pick this year’s standouts. But whether their picks point to Oscars is another question. Among the leading categories, “12 Years a Slave,” was named best picture, while “Gravity,” scored seven awards and “American Hustle” won four....

Tina Fey, Amy Poehler Add Right Touch to Golden Globes (video!)

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were totally the moment as hosts of the Golden Globe Awards. They treated the night with just the right touch of irreverence, humor and not a few biting comments, including a little riff on former host Ricky Gervais. “Ricky Gervais could not be here tonight because he is no longer technically in show business,” Fey, 42, quipped....

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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Ryan Seacrest Reveals Oscar Ash Dump Backstory (listen)

Sacha Baron Cohen, aka The Dictator, appeared on the “Today Show” and shed some light on his Oscar run-in that left Ryan Seacrest doused in the supposed ashes of Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Il. Seacrest also talked about the incident. Seacrest provided the inside story of how the Oscar incident came about, while Cohen just goofed on it some more with Matt Lauer, while he was in character as The Dictator....
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Kirsten Dunst a Melancholy Vision in Vogue Italia (photos!)

Kirsten Dunst, says the scenes where she is topless in the film “Melancholia,” are “beautiful.” And, she was just as stunning in an airy new photo shoot for Vogue Italia. The photos have the same look and feel as the ethereal movie, in which Dunst was required to do some scenes topless. But she says she was comfortable doing them because of the role....
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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....