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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Chastain to Present at Film Independent Spirit Awards | Jessica Chastain, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Chastain to Present at Film Independent Spirit Awards

Originally posted 01/27/2012 09:40AM

The year's Film Independent Spirit Awards promises plenty of star wattage: nominee Jessica Chastain and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who stars in the best feature nominee, 50/50, will present at the show.

The ceremony, held the day before the Academy Awards in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, Calif., will also include appearances by Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks and Ewan McGregor, who will also present awards on the show.

Hosted by Seth Rogen, the Film Independent Spirit Awards will also air on IFC on Feb. 25 (10 p.m.).

Among this year's crop of nominees: Michelle Williams, who also scored an Oscar nomination for My Week with Marilyn, for best female lead; and Ryan Gosling, who some say was snubbed at the Oscars, is up for best male lead for Drive.

Chastain, meanwhile, is up for best supporting female for Take Shelter.

Best feature nominees include: 50/50, Beginners, Drive, Take Shelter, The Artist and The Descendants.

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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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Peter Dinklage Gives Michelle Williams a 'Little Grief' at Globes Reunion

Peter Dinklage Gives Michelle Williams a 'Little Grief' at Golden Globes

Originally posted 01/16/2012 03:45PM

Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage had a long-awaited reunion with his pal Michelle Williams on the red carpet Sunday – but he didn't let her off the hook so easily.

"I sort of gave her a little grief," the proud new papa, 42, told reporters on Sunday at the HBO afterparty in Beverly Hills.

"Everybody is very busy, but it takes [this awards show] to get together."

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Meryl Loves Viola, Globes Love The Artist, Descendants | Claire Danes, Meryl Streep

Golden Globes: The Artist, Meryl Streep & Claire Danes Win Big

Originally posted 01/15/2012 11:20PM

Despite an off-color remark or two from host Ricky Gervais, Sunday's 69th annual Golden Globe Awards proved to be something unexpected – family friendly.

Named best actress for the TV drama Homeland, Claire Danes said that when she won her first Globe, for 1994's My So-Called Life, she was only 15 – and was so overwhelmed that she forgot to thank her parents.

She made up for that oversight on Sunday, and pointed out her mother, Carla, sitting in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Danes also thanked her husband, Hugh Dancy, "who keeps me sane and happy."

Throughout the evening, many winners took time to remember members of their families. The Artist's best comedy actor, Jean Dujardin, thanked "my beautiful and talented wife." (The movie was also named best picture comedy or musical.)

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How Michelle Williams Channeled Marilyn Monroe at Bedtime | Michelle Williams

How Michelle Williams Channeled Marilyn Monroe at Bedtime

Originally posted 01/15/2012 10:15PM

It took a lot of time – and a few extra pounds – for Michelle Williams to make her on-screen transformation into Marilyn Monroe.

But Williams, 31, says she wasn't the only one immersed in the world of the iconic actress during the production of My Week with Marilyn – especially around nighttime.

While accepting best-performance honors for her role in the movie at Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards (live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel), Williams singled out her daughter from her relationship with Heath Ledger, 6-year-old Matilda Rose, whom she praised for "suffering through six months of bedtime stories, where all the princesses were read aloud in a Marilyn Monroe-[sounding] voice."

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Michelle Williams & Bradley Cooper Fete Golden Globes at Star-Studded Bash | Bradley Cooper, Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams & Bradley Cooper Fete Golden Globes at Star-Studded Bash

Originally posted 01/13/2012 06:00AM

With the Golden Globes just days away, Michelle Williams, Bradley Cooper and many other stars mingled at a Weinstein Company and Audi-hosted bash at West Hollywood's Chateau Marmont. The My Week with Marilyn star spent most of her night with pal Busy Philipps, and worked the party with a smile, staying until just before midnight. A casual Cooper (in a black leather jacket) showed up later and got chummy with Williams and the party's host, Harvey Weinstein. They captured the moment by snapping a photo together.

Also at the soiree: Lindsay Lohan, who was spotted greeting Jeremy Piven; Jane Lynch; and the cast of The Artist.
– Jennifer Garcia

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Michelle Williams 'Sore' After Horsing Around in Mexico | Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams Still 'Sore' from Mexican Horseback Adventure

Originally posted 01/06/2012 03:00PM

When Michelle Williams took a holiday vacation to Mexico, she may have gotten a little more than she bargained for.

"I'm still a little sore," she told Jay Leno on Thursday's episode of The Tonight Show when asked about her trip.

The My Week with Marilyn star was vacationing with a group of friends when they decided to try horseback riding.

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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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Emma Watson Happy to Be Back Home Studying at Oxford | Emma Watson

Emma Watson Happy to Be Back Home Studying at Oxford

Originally posted 11/21/2011 08:10AM

A year of studying abroad is probably a bit less daunting when your destination happens to be your home country.

That's the situation for Emma Watson, the British actress who's taking time away from Brown University to study at Oxford – in the same part of England where she grew up.

"It's really nice ... just to have that steady routine and back being home, being around people I love and doing what I love," Watson, 21, said Sunday at the London premiere of My Week with Marilyn.

Although she's got her nose in the books, Watson does have some movies in the works, she revealed.

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