LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An emotional Octavia Spencer won her first Oscar on Sunday for her supporting actress role as a sassy maid in “The Help.”
Spencer, 39, was considered the favorite to win the Academy Award for playing an outspoken maid in the 1960s drama about African-Americans who work for rich white families in Mississippi in the early years of the civil rights era.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comic actor Adam Sandler may not be in the running for an Oscar this year, but on Saturday he set a new record for another award — the most Razzie nominations for the worst films and performances of 2011.
The producer, actor and writer received a leading 11 Razzie nods, including worst actor, actress, screenplay and film, in a contest created as an antidote to the love-fest that engulfs Hollywood during Oscar season.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – It’s been a long hike from the Austrian Alps to the Hollywood Hills for Christopher Plummer, but the actor best known for playing the steely captain with seven children in “The Sound of Music” looks set to finally win his first Oscar.
Plummer, 82, is front-runner in the best supporting actor category on Sunday that in many years is a sort of film veterans achievement award for recognizing beloved, but somehow neglected, older men.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – At 10 years old, Uggie has a long show business resume. But it wasn’t until the lively Jack Russell terrier landed the role of sidekick to actor Jean Dujardin in silent film “The Artist” that he hit the big time.
The scene-stealing star of Hollywood’s awards season talked with Reuters (via one of his trainers, Sarah Clifford) about the art of animal acting, being snubbed by the Oscars and why “The Artist” is probably his last big movie.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Viola Davis knew she had big shoes to fill when she agreed to play the role of a lowly black maid to a rich white family in 1960s Mississippi in “The Help”.
They included those of her mother, her late grandmother and thousands of African-American women who were maids themselves, many of whom would rather forget those years. Although Davis is now neck-and-neck with Meryl Streep for the best actress Oscar, she says her mother has yet to see “The Help.”
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “The Help,” which chronicled the experiences of black maids in the 1960s, and the comedy “Jumping the Broom” were honored at the NAACP Image Awards on Friday, and the life and career of Whitney Houston was celebrated with rousing gospel songs a week after the singer’s untimely death.
The box-office hit about black maids speaking out against their white employers in Mississippi in the early 1960s won best movie and acting awards for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. The film, Davis and Spencer have been nominated for Academy Awards.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Officials investigating the death of singer Whitney Houston have issued subpoenas for her medical records after finding prescription drugs in her Beverly Hills hotel room.
The Los Angeles Coroner’s office said on Wednesday the move was standard procedure in such cases. Houston, 48, who had a history of addiction to cocaine and alcohol, was found unconscious and underwater in a bathtub late last week on the eve of the annual Grammy Awards show.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Uggie, the canine star of “The Artist”, won’t be taking part in the Oscars or appearing on the red carpet next week, despite having won the hearts of millions of moviegoers.
“Uggie has not been asked to participate or appear at the Oscars,” a spokesperson for The Weinstein Company, distributors of “The Artist”, told Reuters on Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Drugs? Booze? Suicide? Drowning? Speculation on the cause of Whitney Houston’s sudden death have run the gamut since the singer was found on Saturday. But don’t jump to conclusions.
Medical experts say it will take weeks to firmly establish the cause of Houston’s death and, contrary to probes on TV crime shows like “CSI” or “Bones,” sometimes science is fallible.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Adele’s distinctive voice was born again and Whitney Houston was mourned on Sunday in a Grammy Awards show packed with triumphant comebacks and fond farewells.
Katy Perry, sporting blue hair and metallic body armor, stormed back defiantly in her first big public performance after husband Russell Brand filed for divorce in December, and country singer Glen Campbell, 75, made what could be his last Grammy appearance after being diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease.