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Originally posted 03/10/2010 06:30AM
It was no oversight. The executive director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has apologized to the friends, family and fans of Farrah Fawcett, who was conspicuously omitted from Sunday night's Oscar-event tribute to Hollywood personalities who had died over the past year.
While some agents and publicists, besides actors, were included in the memorial, Fawcett, a high-profile star better known for her TV work (who also appeared on the big screen), was not. Neither was Gene Barry – who was seen in both versions of War of the Worlds – or Bea Arthur.
Among those criticizing the Academy for its selective omissions were critic Roger Ebert and Oscar-winner Jane Fonda.
In response, the Academy's Bruce Davis, who was responsible for the "in memoriam" segment (and has been since the tradition began in 1993), said late Tuesday: "There's nothing you can say to people, particularly to family members, within a day or two of the show that helps at all. They tend to be surprised and hurt, and we understand that and we're sorry for it."
Originally posted 03/09/2010 07:00PM
"On behalf of myself, my father Ryan O’Neal and my entire family, we are deeply saddened that a truly beautiful and talented actress Farrah Fawcett was not included in the memorial montage during the 82nd Academy Awards. We are bereft with this exclusion of such an international icon who inspired so many for so many reasons. Beautiful, talented Farrah will never be forgotten by her family and amazing fans."
Originally posted 03/09/2010 06:00PM
What's Molly Ringwald's body-after-twins secret?
"I try to make sure that I eat something green," she told PEOPLE on Tuesday at Ragú's Recipe for a Good Start program kickoff in New York. "I think that's just a really good rule of thumb. I love all different kinds of vegetables, but the green ones are generally the best for you and the best for your diet."
Ringwald, 42, stepped out on the Oscar red carpet and stage in a purple Todd Thomas dress over the weekend – eight months after delivering daughter Adele Georgiana and son Roman Stylianos.
When the twins were 6-weeks-old, the star of The Secret Life of the American Teenager began getting back in shape, focusing on moderation.
Originally posted 03/09/2010 04:00PM
Jesse James may be a tough guy who builds motorcycles and performs death-defying stunts, but he's not above the pomp of the Oscars – or being a plus-1 to the night's most celebrated actress, his wife Sandra Bullock.
"It's awesome," he told PEOPLE of being her date as they made their way into the Governor's Ball at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom after the Oscar ceremony Sunday. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to support my wife and her work. She does it all the time for me. She goes to Mexico, to the desert, to the hospital – a lot – to support me and my work. The least I can do is put on a suit and support her."
James may be more comfortable in his garage than on the red carpet, but he was bursting with pride as he checked out his wife and her shimmering, gold-beaded Marchesa gown.
"She's beautiful. She's amazing. She takes my breath away,” James said. "Sometimes I look at her and I do, I just lose my breath."
Originally posted 03/09/2010 03:05PM
After Sunday's Academy Awards, everyone flocked to Madonna's manager Guy Oseary's L.A. home for a bash hosted by the pop dvia and Demi Moore. There was dancing, a late-night Indian food and tons of A-Listers. Here's what happened inside the party:
"Madonna danced non-stop for four hours,” says a source. "She and Gabourey [Sidibe] were dancing together at one point. They had a great time." Other stars on the dance floor: Moore, hubby Ashton Kutcher and Diddy, who commandeered the mic throughout the night. At one point, the music mogul stopped the music and said that unless Anderson Cooper started dancing, he wouldn't play any more music. Luckily, the CNN anchor quickly hit the dance floor!
Originally posted 03/09/2010 11:45AM
Oprah Winfrey asked to introduce Gabourey Sidibe at the Oscars because she sees the young actress as a kindred spirit.
"I saw myself in her," Winfrey told PEOPLE at the Governors Ball after Sunday's Academy Awards. "This whole roller coaster that happens to you when you're passionate about something – she wasn't even thinking of being an actress; she just auditioned. And now here she is, being nominated alongside Meryl Streep, who is the greatest actress in the world, with Sean Penn reading her name. Only in America."
Sidibe, 26, who was nominated for Best Actress for her first film, Precious, told PEOPLE she had no idea Winfrey would be introducing her. What did it mean to her? "It means that I just might be a movie star," Sidibe said.
Originally posted 03/09/2010 11:00AM
The Academy Awards are known for giving a boost to the movies they celebrate. This year, lots of films had their moment in the Oscar spotlight, piquing the interest of viewers who haven't seen them yet.
Among the films that might have found new audiences on Sunday:
Originally posted 03/08/2010 03:05PM
Kathy Ireland was the buzz of the red carpet at Sunday's Oscars – and not for good reasons. The former supermodel became a trending topic on Twitter after appearing on ABC's pre-Academy Awards red carpet special, looking somewhat awkward while interviewing celebrities.
"Dear ABC, Whoever OK'd Kathy Ireland on the red carpet... should be fired. Immediately," one viewer, @markicostello, Tweeted. Another viewer, @liliceprincess, was equally critical, Tweeting, "Kathy Ireland was posing way too much. Her hands were robotic. It was all very awkward."
For her part, Ireland answered back to her critics on her official Twitter page, often responding directly to people's comments. She maintained she wasn't on medication or drinking, and was just happy to be there.
"Laughed @ being hot topic on twitter 2night," she Tweeted. "So many misunderstood that the J.O.Y. was being invited 2 co host. Grateful to all. Thank You!"
Originally posted 03/08/2010 02:50PM
Farrah Fawcett's longtime partner, Ryan O'Neal, has joined other Hollywood figures including Jane Fonda and Roger Ebert in expressing dismay that Fawcett was left out of the "In Memoriam" segment of Sunday's Academy Awards.
"There is no comment other than we were disappointed that she was not included," a rep for O'Neal tells PEOPLE.
Fonda and Ebert both Tweeted about the snub during the broadcast. "No Farrah Fawcett in the memorial tribute? Major fail," Ebert wrote. "And where was Farrah Fawcett? She should have been included #oscars #FAIL," wrote Fonda.
Originally posted 03/08/2010 02:05PM
Betty White fans, your prayers have been answered. The former Golden Girl will appear on Saturday Night Live in the near future, she confirmed to PEOPLE at Elton John's annual Oscars viewing party on Sunday night.
Fans have been clamoring for White, 88, to do SNL – an idea she called "ridiculous" just a few weeks ago – ever since her comic turn in a Snickers ad during the Super Bowl. One Facebook page devoted to the cause has attracted half a million fans.
When asked by PEOPLE, "Are you doing Saturday Night Live," she answered, "Yes," even if she remains perplexed by the groundswell of support.
"I don't know why or how," she says, "but it's been wonderful."
White didn't offer any details about the SNL gig, and it remains unclear when she will appear – or what it will entail.
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