06:49 PM EDT 04/13/2013
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.
Originally posted 02/26/2013 02:20PM
Shirley MacLaine came – and just as quickly went – on Downton Abbey this season, but her breezy cameo got us thinking.
Now that the Terms of Endearment Oscar winner has broken down the barrier, who among Academy Award winners and nominees should next make a guest appearance on the popular PBS series?
And just what sort of character should he or she play? Upstairs or down?
Here, then, are some recent Oscar-caliber actors who might suitably fit the bill. Please be so kind as to select your favorite. (And, in the comments section, do cast them in suitable roles.) Ta.
Originally posted 02/25/2013 10:30AM
Hosting the Oscars, they say, is a thankless job. So, Seth MacFarlane, thanks for nothing.
This isn't to say he can be blamed for a long evening that seemed to be devoted more to singing than handing out awards.
On the other hand, he doesn't get credit for the show's best moments, either: Adele's powerful performance of "Skyfall," Daniel Day-Lewis's charmingly stiff humor in his acceptance speech for Lincoln – it was so like Abe! – or Michelle Obama's surprising and generous gesture: appearing via satellite to announce the Best Picture winner.
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 01/10/2013 11:00AM
Presenting the host of the 85th Annual Academy Awards, Seth MacFarlane! Or is it?
Just after announcing the 2013 Oscar nominees with Emma Stone Thursday morning, PEOPLE.com has an exclusive first look at MacFarlane's first promo for the big telecast, which airs Feb. 24 on ABC.
Originally posted 01/10/2013 08:15AM
This year's Oscars may not take place until Feb. 24, but the ceremony's host, Seth MacFarlane, already started earning his salary Thursday morning – by joining Emma Stone to announce the nominees for the 85th annual Academy Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' headquarters in Beverly Hills.
And the name that kept coming up: Lincoln, which reaped the lion's share number of nominations, 12, including those for Best Picture, Best Director Steven Spielberg, Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis and Supporting Actress Sally Field.
Other highly recognized films were Life of Pi, with 11 nominations; Les Misérables, with nine; and Argo, with seven, though, surprisingly, not one for its director Ben Affleck.
Originally posted 12/08/2012 02:15PM
The hectic holidays are almost upon us, which means it's the perfect time of year to head to the movies – provided you don't get stuck with the cinematic equivalent of a fruitcake.
So arm yourself with this handy watch this/skip that weekend movie guide before your Aunt Mildred suggests a Red Dawn/Killing Them Softly double feature. (Seriously, don't even entertain that idea.)
Watch This: Les Misérables
Something about a grand, old-fashioned musical turns me into a swooning, giddy thing. Weeks later, I'm still humming "Master of the House," even though I don't know all the words. But the emotions are what really linger – Hugh Jackman's stirring performance as Jean Valjean, the ex-con who becomes a hero, is only outdone by Anne Hathaway's brief but soulful turn as Fantine, the young mother who sells her body to feed her child. Sure, it's maudlin and manipulative, but let's be honest, musical theater nerds, isn't that what we're paying for?
Originally posted 12/13/2012 09:15AM
Time to start the party: Thursday morning brought good news to Tinseltown – with the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Among the major names topping the list – nominees were announced by Megan Fox, Ed Helms and Jessica Alba – are such favorites as Anne Hathaway and Sally Field (for their respective supporting roles in Les Misérables and Lincoln), Nicole Kidman (for HBO's Hemingway and Gellhorn and the film The Paperboy), Leonardo DiCaprio (for his supporting role in Django Unchained) and Argo director Ben Affleck, who'll compete in that category along with Kathryn Bigelow, for Zero Dark Thirty; Ang Lee, for Life of Pi; Steven Spielberg, for Lincoln; and Quentin Tarantino, for Django Unchained.
Originally posted 12/11/2012 01:00PM
'Tis the season ... for Hollywood awards!
Forget Santa and Frosty, on Monday the nominees for the 18th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards were announced, unofficially kicking off more than two months of nominations, parties and award shows that will culminate with the Academy Awards on Feb. 24.
This week on Wednesday and Thursday respectively, the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globe nominations will also be announced. (The Oscar nods aren't revealed until after the actual holidays are over, on Jan. 15, 2013.)
So, which films do the critics think are the best of 2012?
Originally posted 11/09/2012 02:30PM
As a grateful nation, we've polished the legacy of Abraham Lincoln to such a high gloss that you can barely make out the man. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln strips away the varnish to reveal a President who's warm, funny and craftily political.
The alchemy is in Daniel Day-Lewis's performance as Lincoln. His rounded shoulders and reedy tenor belie a power that roars as Lincoln fights to pass the 13th Amendment, ending slavery. (I'm calling it: The Oscar is Day-Lewis's to lose.)
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