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Originally posted 03/07/2010 09:00PM
Music and laugher kicked off the 2010 Academy Awards from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. In a non-traditional first, the show actually opened with the 10 Best Actor and Actress nominees introduced alphabetically before escorts rose from the audience and guided them to their seats.
Then the fun began.
Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the Tonys and Emmys last year, delivered the show's opening musical number, "No One Wants to Do It Alone," essentially setting the stage for hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin – who spent their opening dialogue poking fun at the top nominees who had just been seated.
"There's that damn Helen Mirren," said Martin – prompting Baldwin to say, "Steve, that's Dame Helen Mirren."
Originally posted 03/07/2010 06:00PM
The nominees are in – and pundits have been making predictions for weeks. But what about those unpredictable factors – the red carpet run-ins and new couplings that will make this year's Academy Awards super memorable?
Originally posted 03/06/2010 01:30AM
Who knew how far $2 could go? Gabourey Sidibe's mom, who used to pay her daughter that amount each day to attend school, does now.
"I saved up my money for a week so I could see Welcome to the Dollhouse," Sidibe, the Independent Spirit Awards' best female lead winner, said in her beaming acceptance speech Friday night. She excitedly explained that it was the first film that made her think: "I could do that." A notion that gave birth to her own independent spirit and an Oscar-nominated performance in her first film, Precious.
Her costar Mo'Nique credited their "low-budget, independent film's" leaders for teaching her how to bring her A-game and score yet another trophy this awards season for best supporting female.
But it wasn't all about the best feature film of the year, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire. Crazy Heart star Jeff Bridges continued his winning streak for best male lead, exclaiming to his wife that his Spirit award trophy would "really tie the room together!" He explained to PEOPLE after that it was his "little nod to The Dude."
Originally posted 03/05/2010 01:35PM
Though Gabourey Sidibe has said she's planning to bring her mom as her date to the 2010 Academy Awards, there is another person who'd definitely love to be by the Precious Best Actress nominee's side as she steps on to the red carpet.
"Oprah called me and was like, 'Hey girl, do you want to ride together?' " the 26-year-old Oscar contender told PEOPLE at Thursday's third annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon.
"I was like, 'I got it Oprah, calm down. I don't want to show up with you. People will think we're too cool."
Originally posted 02/16/2010 03:00PM
For Gabourey Sidibe, it's not Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin co-hosting the Oscars. It's Navin R. Johnson and Jack Donaghy.
Being new to the movie business, Sidibe, 26, a Best Actress nominee for Precious, knows most actors through their movie and TV characters – and is especially excited to see Martin, having been a big fan of the 1979 vehicle that launched his movie career, The Jerk.
"My mom has a crush on Steve Martin, and we used to watch The Jerk pretty much every day. And so I'm really excited that this show will be hosted by Jack Donaghy [Baldwin's 30 Rock character] and the Jerk," Sidibe said Monday at the annual luncheon for Oscar nominees, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in L.A.
Originally posted 02/12/2010 01:55PM
With a hit movie and an Oscar nomination for Precious under her belt, Gabourey Sidibe's dreams are coming true. But there's one thing she hasn't gotten: Her dream date.
Sidibe had previously sent out a half-joking public plea to Justin Timberlake to be her escort at the Academy Awards on March 7.
"I want to make Justin Timberlake and [The Hurt Locker actor] Anthony Mackie fight it out for the honor of being my date," Sidibe told the Canadian entertainment TV show eTalk. "I'm just going to throw them in the ring and make them do it!"
But apparently the throw-down didn't happen. Instead, Sidibe will be accompanied by someone even more special to the actress. "I'm bringing my mom," she told PEOPLE Thursday at Eve Ensler's annual V-Day luncheon to raise awareness about violence against women.
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