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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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Octavia Spencer Can't Wait to Show Off Cleavage in Oscar Dress

Octavia Spencer Can't Wait to Show Off Cleavage in Oscar Dress

Originally posted 01/24/2012 01:00PM

Octavia Spencer woke up to some delightful news: The breakout star of The Help is up for Best Supporting Actress at this year's Academy Awards, it was announced early Tuesday.

"It's numbing!" Spencer, who won a Golden Globe for her role as Minny Jackson in the film, told PEOPLE of her nomination. "There were no guarantees. I didn't think I was in it and then they said my name and it was just a sigh of relief."

Once it sinks in and she has time to congratulate fellow nominee Melissa McCarthy – "I'm just going to call her and do a drive-by today," she says. "I'm thrilled for her!" – Spencer, 42, will have some decisions to make about what to wear on her big night.

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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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Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations Announced | George Clooney, Julianna Margulies

UpdatePosted 12/14/2011 09:40AM

George Clooney, Julianna Margulies Among Screen Actors Guild Nominees

Originally posted 12/14/2011 09:15AM

George Clooney , Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Michelle Williams were among the nominees announced Wednesday for the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards, traditionally an accurate prognosticator for the Academy Awards.

Clooney, DiCaprio and Pitt, three of Hollywood's biggest stars, will square off against two relative unknowns, Demian Bichir and Jean Dujardin, in the category of best actor.

Williams is joined by Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Meryl Streep and Tilda Swinton in the race for best actress.

The five movies nominated for best cast ensemble are The Artist, Bridesmaids, The Descendants, The Help and Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.

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Melissa McCarthy: My Body Is a 'Work in Progress'

Originally posted 11/28/2011 02:00PM



It's been a banner year for Melissa McCarthy professionally, but there's one thing the Bridesmaids star and recent Saturday Night Live host is still struggling with: her weight.

"I've been up and down," McCarthy, 41, tells Anderson Cooper during an appearance on Cooper's daytime talk show, Anderson, which will air Monday. "I've been much thinner since my second baby. I'm still working on it. It's a work in progress."

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Melissa McCarthy: I Was Fired for Yelling at a Drunk | Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy: I Was Fired for Yelling at a Drunk

Originally posted 11/11/2011 09:10AM

She may be Hollywood royalty now, but even Melissa McCarthy was on the receiving end of a pink slip before getting her big break.

The first time she was fired was from a restaurant in New York City, McCarthy, 41, tells Access Hollywood, after she chased down a drunk customer who skipped out on a very big bill.

"Some guy that was incredibly bombed left like an $1,800 bill," the Emmy winner recalls. "Security was supposed to catch him, but they didn't. I went and found him two bars down, still drunk."

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Melissa McCarthy Becomes Queen – with a Corgi's Help | Melissa McCarthy

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Melissa McCarthy Shares Her Entertainment Weekly Cover with a Corgi

Originally posted 10/28/2011 02:30PM

Melissa McCarthy earned a crown – and a place among Hollywood royalty – at this year's Emmy Awards. All she needed to become queen was a corgi.

Decked out in diamonds, McCarthy poses as Queen Elizabeth II after being named Entertainment Weekly's "new queen of comedy" in the magazine's Nov. 4 issue, where she accessorizes her stately ensemble with a member of the Queen's favorite breed.

The smiling pair shares another photo spread inside the issue, which celebrates the actress's contributions to pop culture with her scene-stealing role in Bridesmaids and Emmy-winning turn on Mike & Molly. But if these photos are any indication, the actress could face some serious competition from her cuddly costar!

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Melissa McCarthy and Hubby Get a Standing Ovation at a Steakhouse | Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy and Hubby Get a Standing Ovation at a Steakhouse

Originally posted 10/05/2011 06:00AM

Emmy winner – and recent Saturday Night Live hostMelissa McCarthy was greeted by a round of applause from the staff as she arrived for a meal at Morton's the Steakhouse in Burbank, Calif., with her husband Ben Falcone. The Mike & Molly star laughed and smiled at all the attention – and stayed in high spirits all meal, a source tells us. As for the food, she and her husband ordered a Cajun ribeye . – Jennifer Garcia

Melissa McCarthy's Top 5 Moments on SNL

Originally posted 10/02/2011 09:40AM



It's been a year of career milestones for Melissa McCarthy: a Best Actress Emmy for her sitcom Mike & Molly, striking box office gold with Bridesmaids and, on Saturday night, her first hosting gig on SNL.

"This is a dream come true," McCarthy said on the show, before warning her kids to go to bed because, "Mama's about to get pretty inappropriate." Here are the five moments not to fast forward through on your DVR:

1. The opening monologue
McCarthy recaptured a little Bridesmaids magic when the monologue launched into a song and dance routine with Kristen Wiig. But the really impressive part? McCarthy saunters around the stage in six-inch heels.

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Melissa McCarthy: Motherhood Helped Me Accept My Looks | Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy: Motherhood Helped Me Accept My Looks

Originally posted 09/29/2011 10:00AM

Melissa McCarthy is no longer just a bridesmaid. She's the bride.

The Mike & Molly Emmy winner and Bridesmaids scene-stealer has some big plans on her plate – from launching her own plus-size fashion line to getting hockey's prized Stanley Cup (for a movie) – during what is already a stellar year for her.

But none of her professional plans can top her favorite pastime, being mom to her two daughters with actor-husband Ben Falcone: Vivian, 4, and Georgette, 1½. McCarthy tells the Hollywood Reporter that being a mother actually helps her feel less insecure about her looks.

"The stupid stuff like what I wear or how I look I can't control, so I just try not to give too much energy to it," she says, calling her body a work in progress after giving birth to Georgette. "At 20, I would have been like: 'Don't they like me? Was it my hair?' At 41, I think the things that define me, I hope, are a lot more than those kinds of petty things." 



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