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And the Oscar Nominations Go To ... | George Clooney, Michelle Williams

George Clooney, Michelle Williams Receive Oscar Nominations

Originally posted 01/24/2012 08:45AM

Comedy counts in Hollywood, for once, with two surprise nominations for Bridesmaids, for Supporting Actress Melissa McCarthy and Best Screenplay writer Kristen Wiig, according to this year's Oscar nominations, announced early Tuesday at the Beverly Hills headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

As anticipated – given earlier honors from critics' group and the Golden Globes – nominations in the Best Picture category included those for director Alexander Payne's family drama set in Hawaii The Descendants (five nods) and the love letters to early movies, The Artist, with 10 nominations, and Martin Scorsese's Hugo, with 11. In all, nine films received Best Picture nominations.

Acting nods went to, among others, those friendly rivals George Clooney, for The Descendants, and Brad Pitt, for Moneyball.

For Best Actress, Michelle Williams was cited for her turn as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, as was Meryl Streep, who plays former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in The Iron Lady.

Streep's nomination is her 17th – an all-time Academy record. (Both Jack Nicholson and Katharine Hepburn received 12 nominations; he won three times and she won four.) Streep has won twice, as Best Supporting Actress for 1979's Kramer vs. Kramer, and as Best Actress for 1982's Sophie's Choice.

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5 Things to Know About The Artist's Uggie the Dog

The Artist's Uggie: Five Things to Know

Originally posted 01/22/2012 04:00PM

Awards season has been all about one name: Uggie!

The Artist's canine star was the life of the party at last Sunday's Golden Globes – especially when he played dead on stage! – and the buzz around him is getting so loud that he could even make an appearance at February's Oscars.

The talented 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier trained hard for the role that's garnered him so much attention. (On Saturday night, the film was named best picture of the year by the Producers Guild of America.) Here are five things you should know about the plucky little performer.

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What Movies Made Uggie – and George Clooney – Cry?

Originally posted 01/19/2012 04:00PM



Uggie the dog may seem like the strong, silent type, but it turns out he's a big softie.

The Jack Russell terrier, who is charming audiences in The Artist, sat down with W Magazine for their annual issue honoring the year's best film performances. As a companion piece, Editor-at-Large Lynn Hirschberg asks the Oscar-bound stars on camera: What movie made you cry?

In the exclusive clip above, Uggie admits he's a sucker for Around the World in 80 Days. Clooney says "all the animal movies" made him bawl as a kid, including one canine classic.

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Move Over, George! Uggie the Dog Steals the Show at Golden Globes

Uggie, Dog from The Artist, Steals the Show at Golden Globes

Originally posted 01/16/2012 10:45AM

At Sunday's Golden Globes, George Clooney couldn't hold a candle to the newest sensation in Hollywood: Uggie.

With charm and presence that belies his petite frame, Uggie – the canine star of the awards season favorite, The Artist – reduced a seen-it-all industry crowd to a chorus of awws.

When The Artist won best picture comedy or musical, and the film's cast and crew ascended the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, producer Thomas Langmann took to the microphone to begin his acceptance speech. Attentions were quickly diverted, however, to a pair of hopping legs on the periphery.

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Getting to Know The Artist's Jean Dujardin | Jean Dujardin

The Artist's Jean Dujardin: Meet the Nominated Star

Originally posted 01/15/2012 02:00PM

Jean Dujardin likens his high recognition factor in his native France to living "in a big village," but with the accolades he's now receiving for his work in The Artist, the handsome actor had better get used to having fans in America.

"I am thrilled. I am proud. I am over the moon," Dujardin, speaking in French, told PEOPLE about his Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for his role as a screen star in the silent, black-and-white pastiche about Hollywood's bumpy transition from silent movies to talkies.

"I'm incredibly surprised. And every day there are new awards, and it's so unbelievable."

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George Clooney, Viola Davis Win Critics' Choice Awards | George Clooney, Viola Davis

George Clooney, Viola Davis Win Critics' Choice Awards

Originally posted 01/13/2012 10:50AM

Oscar crystal ball, anyone?

George Clooney and Viola Davis were named best actor and actress at Thursday's Critics' Choice Awards for their roles in The Descendants and The Help, respectively, while the old Hollywood-based silent movie The Artist took home four trophies, including best picture and best director, for its French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius.

The Help also won best ensemble cast, and Davis's costar Octavia Spencer claimed best supporting actress.

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Late-Entry Movies Throw Oscar Race Wide Open | Rooney Mara, Sandra Bullock

Late-Entry Movies Throw Oscar Race Wide Open

Originally posted 12/12/2011 12:30PM

And the winner is ... Who knows?

The late entry into the race by buzzed-about films Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has made for a wide-open Oscar race for Best Picture this year.

"I can't remember a year like this where there was no clear front-runner," says a longtime awards season veteran. "Nobody knows where this race is going."

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