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Feb 7, 2012

Oscar producers urge fans to celebrate movie memories

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) – Facing a future where many movies will be seen in homes, Oscar organizers on Monday unveiled this year’s awards show theme at an annual luncheon honoring nominees by asking fans to relish memories of why they love movies and going to theaters.

“Celebrate the movies in all of us,” is the idea that Academy Award co-producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer, as well as Tom Sherak, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, are asking film lovers to espouse this year.

Jan 31, 2012

“The Help” gets Oscar boost with big SAG wins

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Civil rights drama “The Help” got a leg up in the Oscar race on Sunday when the movie won three awards from the Screen Actors Guild, including best cast in a surprise over silent movie romance “The Artist.”

“The Help,” which came into the show with four nominations, more than any other film, also earned its star Viola Davis the SAG award for best actress, while Octavia Spencer was named top supporting actress. They both played maids who face discrimination in the film set in Mississippi during the 1960s.

Jan 30, 2012

-‘Modern Family,’ Betty White come up big at SAG

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood’s actors picked veteran performers, Alec Baldwin, Betty White and the comedy “Modern Family” as three of their top TV winners at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.

The offbeat “Modern Family” claimed its second straight win for best TV comedy, while Baldwin was named best actor in a TV comedy for the sixth year for his role as a TV executive on “30 Rock,” and White, who turned 90-year-old earlier this month, took the comedy actress trophy for a second time in “Hot in Cleveland.”

Jan 30, 2012

Plummer, Spencer win early SAG film awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood’s actors began picking the best performances of 2011’s movies when the curtain came up on the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday with Christopher Plummer taking home the first film honor for supporting actor.

Plummer, 82, who plays an elderly man who comes out of the closet as a gay man much to the chagrin of his family, thanked his fellow actors from the stage, calling them a wacky but wonderful bunch of artists.

Jan 29, 2012

Screen actors get their say in Oscar race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After months of talking and weeks of voting, Hollywood’s actors finally name their picks for the best performances in the films and TV shows of 2011 at the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.

The SAG honors, which are closely watched in the race for Oscars, follow the Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and other awards given by media watchers, as well as acknowledgements from the U.S. Producers Guild and Directors Guild, which represent their respective professional groups in industry matters.

Jan 29, 2012

“The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius wins DGA award

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “The Artist” director Michel Hazanavicius was named the year’s best feature film director by the Directors Guild of America on Saturday, further positioning the silent movie-era romance as a frontrunner for Oscars.

The movie about a fading star whose career is eclipsed by the woman he loves just as talkies are putting an end to silent pictures has been a critical darling throughout the Hollywood’s current awards season.

Jan 25, 2012

Hollywood embraces hopeful tales with Oscar nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A group of movies offering personal redemption and hope swept up Oscar nominations on Tuesday, led by Martin Scorsese’s colorful “Hugo” with 11 and silent-era romance “The Artist” with 10, including a best film nod for both.

They were joined in the key category for the world’s top movie honors by baseball film “Moneyball” and Steven Spielberg’s World War One drama “War Horse,” about a boy looking for his horse amid deadly conflict, which each had six nominations.

Jan 24, 2012

“The Artist,” “Hugo” lead the way in Oscar nods

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Silent-era throwback film “The Artist” and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” led the pack of Oscar nominees on Tuesday, including nods in the best film category, in the race for the world’s top movie honors.

“Hugo,” Scorsese’s 3D film exploring the magic of moviemaking, earned the most nominations with 11 overall, including one for him in the director category. “The Artist,” which has swept through the awards season this year taking many pre-Oscar honors, had 10 nominations in total.

Jan 16, 2012

“Artist,” “Descendants” shine at Golden Globes

LOSS ANGELES (Reuters) – Silent-era film “The Artist” and family drama “The Descendants” were the top film picks at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday in a loose-lipped awards show that even had host Ricky Gervais walking onto the stage with a drink in his hand.

“The Descendants,” starring George Clooney as a man steering his family through a tragic time when his wife is in a coma, won two Golden Globe trophies, including the top honor of best dramatic movie and another for Clooney as best dramatic actor.

Jan 16, 2012

‘Homeland,’ Plummer early Globe winners

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Golden Globe awards got down to the business of giving awards on Sunday with veteran actor Christopher Plummer winning the first honor of best supporting actor in a movie “The Beginners” and thriller “Homeland” being named best TV drama.

Plummer, 82, won the Golden Globe trophy for his portrayal of an elderly man who comes out as gay to his family in “Beginners,” bringing both poignancy and a touch of humor to their lives.

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