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Jared Leto, Hilary Swank and More Actors Who Got Oscar Love for Cross-Gender Performances

UpdatePosted 02/25/2016 03:00PM

A Short History of the Oscars and Cross-Gender Performances

Originally posted 02/25/2016 01:55PM

On Sunday, movie fans will find out if Eddie Redmayne wins Best Actor for his performance as trans woman Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl. Should Redmayne be victorious, he'd not only score back-to-back Oscars but he would also become the latest in a long line of actors who have courted Oscar attention by playing the opposite sex, playing a trans person or in some other way playing a character whose gender differs than the one of which the actors themselves identify.

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3rd Rock Turns 20: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Then and Now

3rd Rock from the Sun Turns 20, Plus 10 Other Roles That Led Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Stardom

Originally posted 01/13/2016 11:45AM

Twenty years ago this week, an oddball NBC sitcom introduced viewers to a family of space aliens who, in the grand tradition of ALF, Mork and Mindy and My Favorite Martian, were attempting to hide out on Earth. It was a silly premise, but 3rd Rock from the Sun ended up outlasting those other three shows, running a full six seasons. And we can credit its success to a talented comedic cast that included John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was only 14 when the show premiered.

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Spider-Man Gets Cold Shoulder from Tonys

Spider-Man Gets Cold Shoulder from Tonys

Originally posted 05/01/2012 09:40AM

Broadway's biggest night – the 66th annual Tony Awards – may be 40 days away, but the celebrating has already kicked in, especially for a modest new musical called Once, a love story set in Ireland that scored the most nominations of any show this year: 11, including best musical.

Not celebrating: the much-maligned Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which, despite an expenditure of $70 million, scads of publicity and the music of U2's Bono and the Edge, landed with only two nominations, for costume and scenic design.

Faring better after the nominations were announced Tuesday morning – by a chipper Kristin Chenoweth and a droll star Jim Parsons, who is about to star in a Broadway revival of the comedy Harvey – were such nominees as Andrew Garfield, Cynthia Nixon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Earl Jones, Stockard Channing, Linda Lavin, John Lithgow and Frank Langella.

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John Lithgow: Dexter Costar Michael C. Hall 'Doing Very, Very Well'

John Lithgow: Dexter Costar Michael C. Hall 'Doing Very, Very Well'

Originally posted 08/22/2010 05:00PM

Being bad turned out to be very good for actor John Lithgow.

Lithgow won Best Guest Actor in a drama at Saturday's Creative Arts Emmys for his bone-chilling role as a serial murderer on Showtime's Dexter.

Lithgow, 64, credited his chemistry with onscreen nemesis Michael C. Hall for bringing the character to terrifying life – and said Hall is "doing very, very well" since revealing in January that he was in remission from Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

"There were about four days over the course of that season last year that I had to work as hard as Michael does every day," Lithgow told reporters after winning his Emmy. "He's had no trouble this season working five days a week, so I'm delighted."

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Originally posted 04/29/1999 12:00AM

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