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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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5 Things to Know About The Artist's Uggie the Dog

The Artist's Uggie: Five Things to Know

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.

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Move Over, George! Uggie the Dog Steals the Show at Golden Globes

Uggie, Dog from The Artist, Steals the Show at Golden Globes

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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