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Snubs, What Snubs? PEOPLE Critic Takes on the Oscar Nods

Oscars 2012

Oscar Nominations: PEOPLE Critic's Take

Originally posted 01/24/2012 02:00PM

Nominations are out for the 84th Academy Awards. Here is PEOPLE Magazine critic Alynda Wheat's take on what went down at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Hugo?! Fine, Hugo.
Leading the pack with 11 nominations is Martin Scorsese's kids movie that's not actually for kids. I confess that I still don't get it. Technically, Hugo is a triumph (you'll notice that the vast majority of its nominations are for technical awards), and Scorsese's nod for Best Director is certainly justified. But as a movie-going experience I still think it's remarkably cold (lectures about film history don't really move me). For my money, it's still a race between the French silent film The Artist and The Descendants, starring George Clooney, who did get nominated and Shailene Woodley, who missed the cut. Which brings me to my next point:

Snubs? What snubs?
Okay, sure, Golden Globe nominee Woodley might be a tad disappointed, as might Albert Brooks (Drive), Michael Fassbender (Shame), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin) and even Steven Spielberg, whose amazing animated The Adventures of Tintin didn't rate a Best Animated Film nod, and who wasn't on the Best Directors list, in spite of the fact that his War Horse is a Best Picture nominee. But are these omissions actually snubs? Not really.

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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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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Has a Run-In with Her Ex: Mick Jagger! | Mick Jagger

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Has a Run-In with Her Ex: Mick Jagger!

Originally posted 12/08/2011 05:55AM

New mom Carla Bruni-Sarkozy had a run-in with an ex – Mick Jagger! – at an event honoring Martin Scorsese at the Elysees Palace in Paris, but it was hardly awkward. "They obviously hadn't seen one another in years," a party guest tells us, "and they talked together very comfortably for a few minutes." Afterward, the rocker, who was there with girlfriend L'Wren Scott, chatted up the guest of honor and mingled with fellow revelers. – Peter Mikelbank

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Who's the Hottie from France, Gaspard Ulliel?

Who's the Hottie from France, Gaspard Ulliel?

Originally posted 03/23/2010 09:25AM

He manages to combine the smoldering dark looks of Orlando Bloom and a young Johnny Depp, but with a distinct French twist – making it safe to say that Gaspard Ulliel should be as welcome on American shores as that other Gallic gift, the Statue of Liberty.

Featured in a New York Times spring fashion spread, Ulliel, 25, already boasts a César award (France's Oscar) as most promising newcomer – a distinction he won back when he was only 20.

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POLL: Who Should Play Frank Sinatra?

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POLL: Who Should Play Frank Sinatra?

Originally posted 05/15/2009 09:35AM

The race is on in Hollywood to play Ol' Blue Eyes.

Oscar winner Martin Scorsese will be directing and producing a biopic about legendary singer Frank Sinatra, who died in 1998 at age 82. The hot-tempered Sinatra led a famously colorful life: He wed four times (including to movie stars Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow), had early ties to organized crime, and starred in 50-plus movies, including the original Rat Pack extravaganza, Ocean’s Eleven, as well as From Here to Eternity, for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

The role of Sinatra has yet to be cast, but the early favorite is Leonardo DiCaprio, who has made three films with Scorsese, including Shutter Island, which opens this fall. Another possible contender: Johnny Depp. Respected film industry blogger Nikki Finke reports he's the choice of the sponsoring studio, Universal. Neither actor is known for his warbling abilities, but that doesn’t matter because the film, which has the cooperation of the Sinatra estate, will use the crooner’s original recordings.

Other possible contenders? Justin Timberlake, who actually can sing and has the right hungry look. Tween heartthrob Joe Jonas has the pipes and the right look. Or maybe even Twilight’s Robert Pattinson, if he loses the fangs and nails a New Jersey accent. Pick your favorite to portray the crooner below:

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30th Annual Kennedy Center Honorees Sparkle | Steve Martin

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30th Annual Kennedy Center Honorees Sparkle

Originally posted 12/03/2007 04:30PM

This year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, which were handed out in a glittering ceremony last night in the nation's capitol, is quite the list of luminaries. Making up the talented quintet are: Beach Boy Brian Wilson, Academy award-winning director Martin Scorsese, singer supreme Diana Ross, actor-comedian Steve Martin and pianist-conductor Leon Fleisher, whose story of losing the use of his right hand was told in the 2007 Academy Award-nominated short subject documentary, "Two Hands."

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Wahlberg, DiCaprio Turn Out at Film Critics' Awards | Mark Wahlberg

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Wahlberg, DiCaprio Turn Out at Film Critics' Awards

Originally posted 01/08/2007 10:55AM

Some of the first honors of the season were handed out Sunday at the New York Film Critics Circle awards – and Departed stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg turned out to support Martin Scorsese, who won for best director.

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Some Dark Clouds on Oscar's Horizon

Originally posted 01/26/2004 5:59PM

There appear to be a few dark clouds hanging over the upcoming Oscar ceremony, starting with the abrupt withdrawal of Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation from the 14th annual Night of 100 Stars charity event, reports the Los Angeles Times. The foundation, whose board also includes Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, has sponsored the event for the past six years.

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Harvard Kicks Off Scorsese's Honors

Originally posted 02/14/2003 10:20AM

Director and "Gangs of New York" Oscar contender Martin Scorsese followed in the high-heeled footsteps of previous winners Anjelica Huston, Sarah Jessica Parker and Bruce Willis on Thursday when he donned a curly blonde wig and red-sequined bra to be named Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.

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Scorsese to Direct Leo as Howard Hughes

Originally posted 12/13/2002 01:00PM

Although the advance buzz is mixed for Martin Scorsese and Miramax's long-awaited "Gangs of New York," starring Leonardo DiCaprio (and opening Dec. 20), the director, the studio and the star are already set to reunite for another expensive historical undertaking: a $100 million-plus film biography of billionaire Howard Hughes, Variety reports.

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