03:46 PM EDT 11/19/2013
Originally posted 11/17/2013 11:00AM
In an emotional night, Angelina Jolie became the youngest ever winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award on Saturday.
Also taking home honorary Oscars at the fifth annual Governors Awards were Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin (who choked up during his acceptance speech), and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi, who was unable to attend.
"My family, my love, your love and support make everything possible," said a clearly emotional Jolie, 38, who attended the event with fiancé Brad Pitt and eldest son Maddox. "Mad, and your brothers and sisters, there is no greater honor than being your mom."
Originally posted 09/10/2013 03:15PM
To host or not to host, that is the question.
Ellen DeGeneres admits she had difficulty deciding whether to host the Academy Awards for a second time. Although her performance in 2007 received positive reviews and even earned her a Primetime Emmy nomination, the TV star just wasn't sure if she wanted to do a repeat performance.
So like many people faced with a big decision, she made a pros-and-cons list.
In an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show airing Wednesday, she shares it with her studio audience (after pulling it out of her sock), saying, "I thought I would take you on a journey inside my mind, which is scary. Hold on."
Originally posted 09/05/2013 05:45PM
Angelina Jolie will be bringing home a second Oscar, but not for a performance on the silver screen.
The actress will be receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her volunteer work, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday.
Jolie, who won in 2000 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Girl, Interrupted, will receive one of four honorary awards, with the others going to Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and Piero Tosi.
Originally posted 09/04/2013 10:10AM
Esteemed ladies and gentlemen of the Academy, consider this sh*t.
The latter phrase is the amusing headline on a new "For your consideration" ad seeking Oscar votes for James Franco as Best Supporting Actor for his work in the ribald drama Spring Breakers.
The ad has quite the arresting image, too: Franco, 35, as his gangsta character Alien from the film, clutching a pair of Oscar statuettes and flanked by a couple of bikini babes.
Originally posted 08/02/2013 12:30PM
And the next Oscars host is ... Ellen DeGeneres!
The comedian, in fine form, confirmed her appearance via Twitter Friday morning.
"It's official: I'm hosting the Oscars! I'd like to thank the Academy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra."
Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said they were "thrilled" to make the announcement Friday that their longtime friend will return to host the show for a second time.
Originally posted 05/20/2013 03:55PM
After hosting the 85th Annual Academy Awards, Seth MacFarlane drew his fair share of fans and critics.
But the Family Guy creator won't return to the stage to host next year's show, he revealed in a series of Tweets on Monday.
"Traumatized critics exhale: I'm unable to do the Oscars again. Tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep," he wrote.
Originally posted 04/08/2013 12:30PM
Meryl Streep received universal acclaim and an Oscar – her third – for her portrayal of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the 2011 biopic The Iron Lady. PEOPLE's critic raved at the time that Streep's turn was more "channeling" than impersonation.
On Monday, after the news broke that Thatcher had died at 87 following a stroke, the actress was quick to point out that, in reality, Thatcher was a complex woman she barely knew – and a woman with a complicated legacy.
"Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics," Streep said in a statement. "It is hard to imagine a part of our current history that has not been affected by measures she put forward in the U.K. at the end of the 20th century. Her hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial regulation led to great wealth for others. There is an argument that her steadfast, almost emotional loyalty to the pound sterling has helped the U.K. weather the storms of European monetary uncertainty."
Originally posted 03/01/2013 09:45AM
Clearly, the country has become enamored with this year's Best Actress winner, Jennifer Lawrence. And if Bradley Cooper wasn't charmed by her already, now he has plenty to love about her.
"I feel like all I've been doing lately is setting him up," Lawrence, 22, told MTV of her Silver Linings Playbook costar.
But interest in the actor (PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive in 2012) is so great that the actress has had to strategize.
"I was like, 'You know what? I'm going to save time, I'm going to get you a booklet of pictures of my friends and you just go through and pick them out,' " she joked. "Because this is getting exhausting for me."
Originally posted 02/28/2013 07:00PM
Sure there were plenty of professional photographers on hand, but did you know Kelly Preston, Norah Jones and Quvenzhané Wallis snapped personal photos from Oscar night for their favorite charities exclusively for PEOPLE?
Preston, who took pics for the Jett Travolta Foundation and Heroes Health Fund, gives readers an intimate look as she gets ready at home with husband John Travolta and daughter Ella. The three later drove off to the red carpet in their 1962 Rolls Royce.
Originally posted 02/28/2013 12:30PM
The years may have passed, but the talent remains for Oscar nominees who have been there, done that and continue to look good doing it.
Denzel Washington, Robert De Niro, Helen Hunt, Sally Field, Alan Arkin and Tommy Lee Jones aren't strangers to the Academy Awards – all have taken home Hollywood's ultimate prize. This year, they all took that familiar red carpet walk again – with flair, grace and style.
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