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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.)
Originally posted 12/01/2011 07:00PM
Honestly, who's your favorite Abe?
The Internet is abuzz with a photo of Daniel Day-Lewis in a beard during filming of Lincoln, but he's certainly not the first to channel the 16th American president for Hollywood.
Going back to the silent era, the list is long and varied, including most famously Henry Fonda (beardless in Young Mr. Lincoln). But there are others, including two unlikely portrayers.
Will Ferrell goes for laughs in a Funny or Die video while Hank Azaria did it twice, on The Simpsons and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
Originally posted 03/07/2010 10:30AM
She has scored Golden Globe, SAG Awards and Oscar nods for her role in An Education. She even took home the highest honor at the BAFTA Awards in London. But as the end of award season draws near, Carey Mulligan says she's ready for it all to be finished!
"It's been a really long time," she told PEOPLE at a luncheon thrown by the Diamond International Corporation in her honor. "It's kind of nostalgic now ... I think I'm just gonna remember this weekend really vividly forever."
Originally posted 05/19/2008 08:35AM
It looks like the producers of the movie musical Nine are replacing one Oscar winner with another.
Nearly three weeks after this year's Best Supporting Actor (for No Country for Old Men) Javier Bardem withdrew from the upcoming screen adaptation of the Broadway show, citing exhaustion, this year's Best Actor winner (for There Will Be Blood) will assume the leading role, reports Weekly Variety.
The London-born Day-Lewis, 51, will play the Italian film director Guido Contini, based on flamboyant cinema artist Federico Fellini and his semi-autobiographical 1963 romp 8 ½, which starred Marcello Mastrioianni. (The title referred to the number of movies Fellini had previously directed.)
Originally posted 02/04/2008 12:00PM
He may already have an Oscar for My Left Foot, and is the frontrunner to pick up another for There Will Be Blood, but as far as Daniel Day-Lewis's 9-year-old son Ronan is concerned, dad works in construction – not movies.
"I lead a very quiet life when I'm not working," the SAG Award winner star, who practices his carpentry during his often long down time between movies, told England's Daily Mail magazine Weekend.
But disputing his reputation as a hermit, Day-Lewis, 50, says, "I'm not in hiding behind closed doors. How can you be a recluse in a house full of children?"
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