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Originally posted 02/27/2012 12:00AM
"Oh, no – not her ... again," was what winner Meryl Streep feared those inside L.A.'s Hollywood & Highland Center were thinking on Oscar night. Was she ever wrong.
The actress, who's been nominated a historic 17 times, won the Best Actress Oscar at Sunday's 84th annual Academy Awards for The Iron Lady, in which she played former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
When all the gold dust had settled, Hugo went home with five technical Oscars, but the big winner in the major categories was The Artist, which, among its five awards, was named Best Picture of the Year.
The captivating $12 million, mostly silent, black-and-white movie also took the honors for director Michel Hazanavicius, its costume design, musical score and, in his introduction to American audiences, its leading man, Jean Dujardin, who was named Best Actor.
"Formidable! Merci beau coup, I love you!" the handsome Frenchman, 39, shouted. "I love your country." Before practically losing his breath, Dujardin went on to tell his wife, actress Alexandra Lamy, "I love you."
Originally posted 02/26/2012 04:20PM
In this year's Best Actor category, the snubs may have gotten more attention than the actual nominees.
Many Oscar-watchers thought Michael Fassbender would be nominated for Shame, Leonardo DiCaprio for J. Edgar and Ryan Gosling for The Ides of March. But none of those heartthrobs made the cut.
Instead, George Clooney (The Descendants) is pitted against is his good pal Brad Pitt (Moneyball), The Artist's breakout star Jean Dujardin, character actor Gary Oldman and Demián Bichir for A Better Life.
Originally posted 02/25/2012 07:15PM
Michelle Williams has another trophy to put on her mantel.
The My Week with Marilyn star earned best female lead for her on-screen transformation into dazzling blond icon Marilyn Monroe Saturday at the 27th annual Independent Spirit Awards. Accepting the award, she joked about how she wore "her own clothes" and cut "her own hair" when she came to the ceremony for the first time 10 years ago.
Williams, 31, already took home a major win for the role at the Golden Globe Awards and, come Sunday, she might have another prize for her shelf after the Academy Awards.
But the Indie Awards's biggest winner was The Artist, which took home the afternoon's top honor, best feature.
Originally posted 02/09/2012 08:00PM
After winning a slew of awards, including a best actor Golden Globe for his part in The Artist, Jean Dujardin is ready for his next big American role.
And according to his team in Hollywood – or at least in this Funny or Die video – they have the perfect character in mind for the French movie star, 39. Using fellow European natives Christoph Waltz and Javier Bardem as examples, Dujardin's team points out his obvious next role will be a villain in an action film.
Watch, as the actor goes on a series of fake auditions to play the "bad guy" in everything from James Bond: Skyfall and Die Hard 5 to Spy Kids 5D and Bridesmaids 2. – Dahvi Shira
Originally posted 02/02/2012 11:35AM
Jean Dujardin is Hollywood's hottest new heartthrob. But are his latest posters a little too sexy?
The Oscar-nominated star of The Artist appears in risqué positions in ads for his new French film, Les Infideles.
So far, the images have caused quite a stir in France – and they may even be pulled, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Originally posted 01/31/2012 05:55AM
SAG Award winner Jean Dujardin was enjoying the scene at L.A.'s famed Chateau Marmont. The Actor star was in the midst of an enthusiastic conversation with a male friend in the hotel lobby and appeared to be in very high spirits as he chatted with everyone. Also there: his costar Bérénice Bejo, who had stopped by a party in the hotel. Spotted chatting with her high heels in hand, the French actress was laughing during her conversation with friends and seemed comfortable in her sandals.
Originally posted 01/24/2012 11:45AM
He doesn't move his mouth all that much in The Artist, but Jean Dujardin made his Oscar-worthy impression on-screen by moving another body part – his feet.
"I learned to tap dance for The Artist," Dujardin, who picked up an Academy Award nomination on Tuesday for Best Actor for his role in the largely silent film, tells GQ for its February issue.
But it's not just an act. "I love dancing in general and making girls dance," adds the Paris native, 39. "My generation doesn't do it enough."
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.
Originally posted 01/22/2012 04:00PM
Awards season has been all about one name: Uggie!
The Artist's canine star was the life of the party at last Sunday's Golden Globes – especially when he played dead on stage! – and the buzz around him is getting so loud that he could even make an appearance at February's Oscars.
The talented 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier trained hard for the role that's garnered him so much attention. (On Saturday night, the film was named best picture of the year by the Producers Guild of America.) Here are five things you should know about the plucky little performer.
Originally posted 01/16/2012 10:45AM
At Sunday's Golden Globes, George Clooney couldn't hold a candle to the newest sensation in Hollywood: Uggie.
With charm and presence that belies his petite frame, Uggie – the canine star of the awards season favorite, The Artist – reduced a seen-it-all industry crowd to a chorus of awws.
When The Artist won best picture comedy or musical, and the film's cast and crew ascended the stage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, producer Thomas Langmann took to the microphone to begin his acceptance speech. Attentions were quickly diverted, however, to a pair of hopping legs on the periphery.
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