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Octavia Spencer, Christopher Plummer Win Supporting Actor Oscars

Oscars 2012

UpdatePosted 02/26/2012 10:20PM

Octavia Spencer, Christopher Plummer Win Supporting Actor Oscars

Originally posted 02/26/2012 09:25PM

Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer have new fireplace mantel adornments – Oscars!

After a splashy opening with host Billy Crystal and bestowing honors in technical categories, the 84th annual Academy Awards finally got down to the business of presenting its first acting honor Sunday night. Octavia Spencer, whom Las Vegas oddsmakers gave a 70-percent chance of winning, did just that, taking the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her turn as the rebellious maid Minnie Jackson in The Help.

"I'm freakin' out," said the actress, who received the first standing ovation of the evening. Choking back tears, then finally unable to control their flow, Spencer, 32, said she needed to thank all her families: the one in her native Alabama, the one in L.A., her Help family. She also thanked the Academy for letting her sit next to the hottest guy in the room – Tate Taylor, director of The Help.

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Oscar Trivia: What You Don't Know About Hollywood's Big Night | Billy Crystal, Rooney Mara

Oscars 2012

Oscar Trivia: What You Don't Know About Hollywood's Big Night

Originally posted 02/23/2012 01:15PM

Pop quiz: What annual awards show airs this Sunday night? If you're as into the Oscars as we are, you likely just yawned and said, "Easiest. Question. Ever." And you'd be right.

Now, let's try a few more challenging questions. Which of the current crop of Best Actress hopefuls honeymooned at George Clooney's Italian villa? The Help's Jessica Chastain earned a scholarship to Julliard funded by which Oscar-winning comedian? War Horse composer John Williams's son sang for which classic rock band?

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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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He's Back! Billy Crystal Now Hosting Oscars | Billy Crystal

Billy Crystal Replacing Eddie Murphy as Oscars Host

Originally posted 11/10/2011 05:30PM

Sorry, Miss Piggy.

Despite a social media campaign to have the Muppets host the Oscars this year, the job instead went to a perennial favorite, Billy Crystal.

Crystal replaces Eddie Murphy, who announced on Wednesday that he was stepping down from his originally assigned duties.

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POLL: Should Oprah Winfrey Host the Oscars? | Anne Hathaway, Billy Crystal, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey to Host the Oscars?

Originally posted 07/08/2011 04:15PM

She bid her talk show farewell in May, and ever since, Oprah Winfrey's loyal fans and followers have kept their eyes on their idol, waiting for her next move.

But, despite reports Friday, one thing seems for sure: Although Winfrey, 57, who now calls the OWN network home, is known for going big, she won't be honoring the biggest stars from the big screen this year.

Sources at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences say that Winfrey is not in talks to host the 84th annual Oscar ceremony in February.

"The camera loves Oprah. Oprah's a genius," Academy president Tom Sherak tells The Hollywood Reporter. "But it's not true, and I don't know where that story even came from."

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Billy Crystal Recalls Horse Beechnut 'Was Like Driving a Porsche'

Billy Crystal Recalls Horse Beechnut 'Was Like Driving a Porsche'

Originally posted 11/25/2008 02:00PM

Billy Crystal's beloved horse, Beechnut, recently died at the age of 27 – and the comedian remembers him fondly as a good friend and companion.

"Beechnut was, in a way, one my best friends," Crystal, 60, tells PEOPLE. "He was incredibly human in his instincts."

Crystal first met the horse on the set of his 1991 comedy City Slickers, which filmed in New Mexico. After the shoot, Crystal couldn't help but keep the horse. "It was an on-location romance," he says of their bond. "I wasn't sure I wanted to continue it after I finished the shoot [but] there he was with a ribbon around his neck."

The comedian also famously rode the horse on stage at 1991's Academy Awards, which he hosted, as part of a tribute to that year's best picture winner, Dancing with Wolves.

"It was like driving a Porsche," Crystal recalls of riding his horse. "He was so athletic and great."

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Hugh, Billy, Monty Python Light Up Tonys | Billy Crystal, Hugh Jackman

Hugh, Billy, Monty Python Light Up Tonys

Originally posted 06/06/2005 08:00AM

Hunky host Hugh Jackman shared his singing, dancing and joke-telling talents on the Radio City Music Hall stage, and Broadway shared the prizes among several winners at Sunday night's 59th annual Tony Awards.

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Maternal Instinct: Sharon Stone Adopts Boy | Sharon Stone

Maternal Instinct: Sharon Stone Adopts Boy

Originally posted 05/12/2005 08:00AM

ADOPTED: Sharon Stone, 47, has adopted a baby boy, born to "unknown and unrelated parents in Texas" on Saturday and named Laird Vonne Stone by the actress, Stone's publicist, Cindi Berger, said in a statement, adding "Mommy and her boys are over the moon." The Basic Instinct actress has a 4-year-old son, Roan. She and her husband, Phil Bronstein, divorced in 2004 after five years of marriage. She is currently in London filming Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction.

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Billy Crystal Broadway Bound This Fall | Billy Crystal

Billy Crystal Broadway Bound This Fall

Originally posted 06/24/2004 08:00AM

Hugh Jackman, move over: Popular eight-time Oscar host Billy Crystal may be up for a Tony next spring, as the veteran funnyman makes his Broadway debut this November with an autobiographical one-man show, to be called 700 Sundays – his first live performance in 16 years.

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De Niro, Crystal 'Analyze' the Troops

Originally posted 12/05/2002 11:00AM

Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal happily traded the red carpet for U.S.-issued green Wednesday, as they premiered their latest film, "Analyze That," for the troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.

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