09:20 AM EDT 05/15/2013
Originally posted 02/22/2013 01:00PM
If the academy were made up of PEOPLE readers, Ben Affleck's Argo and Les Misérables would take home a lot of gold come Sunday night.
As we countdown to the Academy Awards on PEOPLE.com, readers are predicting the winners on our interactive Oscar ballot.
You can still vote, but so far readers picked Argo and its star director to win in three categories: Best Picture (45% – runner-up Lincoln came in at 15%), Best Adapted Screenplay and Editing. You're also loving Les Misérables, picking it to win four awards: Best Supporting Actress, Anne Hathaway (The star has a whopping 75%); Production Design, Costume Design, Sound Mixing and Makeup.
Originally posted 02/20/2013 07:00PM
Strike up the band, for Sunday night's Oscars promise to be very musical.
In the most detailed preview yet of what is to be expected – and what isn't – the 85th annual Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron tell Deadline.com that their special tribute to the resurgence of movie musicals in the past decade will star Les Misérables nominees Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway with costars Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tevit, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham Carter; Dreamgirls Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson; and Chicago winner Catherine Zeta-Jones.
"What we don't want to do is play it safe," says Zadan about the show in general, admitting – repeatedly – that the job of producing it is "enormous."
Originally posted 02/20/2013 03:00PM
It's true: Movies wouldn't be as magical without costumes. From Fantine's tattered red frock in Les Misérables to Mary Todd Lincoln's period-perfect gowns (both in the slideshow above), made-for-movie ensembles say a lot about a character and stir up viewers' emotions.
So it was only "fitting" that on Tuesday night, just days before the Oscars, Hollywood's hottest stars got together at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to celebrate the people who make those magical fashion moments real: costume designers.
Winners at the 15th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards included Skyfall designer Jany Temime, Anna Karenina's Jacqueline Durran, Smash's Molly Maginnis and Downton Abbey's Caroline McCall. Judianna Makovsky, who designed such masterpieces as the Girl on Fire dress for The Hunger Games (see slideshow), earned the career achievement in film honor.
Originally posted 02/12/2013 10:15AM
Scarlett Johansson as Maggie the Cat is supposed to be the main sex symbol in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. But she's got her eye on costar Ben Walker – in particular, his butt.
"That is really one of the brighter points of my life," the actress, 28, tells Broadway.com.
Walker, 30, playing Maggie's husband Brick, spends a large chunk of the play wearing nothing but a towel, and sometimes (with his back to the crowd) not even that, giving Johansson – and the audience – an eyeful.
"I have asked Ben at times, when I was having a more difficult day, to just leave it out there for a couple more moments, just to brighten my day a little bit," she says. "I think it adds a little bit of hope in an otherwise dismal situation."
Originally posted 02/11/2013 07:00AM
She's won big at the Golden Globes and now the BAFTAs, but will Anne Hathaway take home an Oscar?
Hathaway – who is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Les Misérables – isn't spending too much time worrying about it.
"Whatever happens in two weeks, happens. It won't be the worst thing that happens to me if I don't win, and with my husband by my side it won't be the best thing either. So I am feeling very good about whatever," the actress, 30, told reporters backstage after nabbing a best supporting actress statue at Sunday's British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards in London.
Originally posted 02/10/2013 01:05PM
If you had asked us to predict what would be blazing up red carpets this week, we would not have answered these three things
Originally posted 02/09/2013 04:45PM
The star's gorgeous LBD is deceptively simple – but still packs a huge punch
Originally posted 02/07/2013 06:55PM
It's hard to look glamorous while cleaning leaves out of a rain gutter, but Les Misérables star Anne Hathaway, draped in a Gucci gown at PEOPLE's photo portfolio of Oscar nominees, shows us she's truly a woman of many talents.
And while in real life she may dress down a whole lot more for dirty chores, the Academy Award frontrunner says that at home, she's truly just like everyone else.
"I'm on the winning end of an award," Hathaway, who picked up a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for best supporting actress, tells PEOPLE. "That's very surreal and unusual. But then today I have a load of laundry to do!"
Originally posted 02/05/2013 05:30PM
Thirteen may be an unlucky number ... but 2013 certainly is not – at least for this year's class of Oscar nominees.
Everyone who is up for an Academy Award at the 85th annual ceremony on Feb. 24 was invited to attend a luncheon at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday.
There, Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and more stars – as well as nominees from every category – rubbed elbows and posed for the official class photo.
Originally posted 02/05/2013 04:30PM
The countdown to the Academy Awards has officially begun, and so has the buzz around what the nominees will be wearing.
Nominated actresses shared their gown plans with reporters at a Beverly Hills luncheon in their honor Monday.
Though Jennifer Lawrence joked, "I'm going to wear sweatpants," it turns out just the opposite is true. "Last time was comfort. This year, I'm like, 'Suck it up, wear a corset,'" she said. "I am going to go for fashion this time."
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