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Feb 24, 2013

“Lincoln,” “Argo” in tight race as Oscars roll out red carpet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Oscars rolled out the red carpet on Sunday for the movie industry’s biggest night, with Iran hostage drama “Argo” and presidential drama “Lincoln” in a tight race for Best Picture.

With several contests too close to call, a slate of big box office hits to celebrate and an unpredictable first-time host in Seth MacFarlane, movie fans could be in for surprises when the curtain rises on the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Feb 23, 2013

Oscar show promises music, megastars and James Bond

LOS ANGELES, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Bigger stars, more music and
edgier comedy are on the menu for Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, when
the most coveted awards in the movie industry are handed out
during a glittering Academy Awards show.

Producers of the three-hour Oscar telecast at Hollywood’s
Dolby Theatre are promising a faster-paced show and more face
time with first-time host Seth MacFarlane, while honoring the
best films not just of 2012 but also of decades past.

Feb 22, 2013

“Zero Dark Thirty”: too cool, or too controversial for Oscars?

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Just three months ago, “Zero Dark Thirty” looked like a strong contender for the movie industry’s biggest prize.

But when the Oscar for Best Picture is handed out on Sunday, the thriller about the decade-long U.S. hunt for, and 2011 killing of, Osama bin Laden is unlikely to get its name engraved on the coveted gold statuette.

Feb 20, 2013

Oscars in Hollywood cliffhanger over Best Picture, Director

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sunday’s Oscar ceremony is set for a cliffhanger ending after a topsy-turvy awards season that has left the two top prizes – Best Picture and Best Director – too close to call.

With just days to go before the movie industry’s highest honors are handed out on February 24, awards watchers are keyed up for one of the most exciting nights in recent Academy Awards history.

Feb 20, 2013

Oscar voting closes after fierce studio campaigns

LOS ANGELES, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Voting for Sunday’s Oscars,
the highest honors in the movie industry, closed on Tuesday
evening after a big spending campaign by Hollywood studios and
the first online balloting system in the 85-year history of the
Academy Awards.

More than 5,800 movie industry professionals who are
members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were
invited to vote in 24 Oscar categories, starting on Feb. 8 and
ending at 5 p.m. PST on Tuesday (0100 GMT On Wednesday).

Feb 19, 2013

Daniel Day-Lewis as Abe Lincoln makes unstoppable Oscar force

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – If there is one sure bet in this roller coaster movie awards season, it is that Daniel Day-Lewis will take home the Best Actor statuette at the Oscars on Sunday.

Day-Lewis, known for his meticulous preparation, would become the first man to win three Best Actor Oscars, and awards pundits say it’s not hard to see why.

Feb 18, 2013

History alive and kicking at 2013 Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – History is alive and kicking at this year’s Oscars in an unusually rich year for movies that plumb the distant and recent American past and have resonated with both audiences and voters.

Four of the nine Best Picture nominees at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony – Iran hostage drama “Argo,” Osama bin Laden thriller “Zero Dark Thirty,” slavery revenge fantasy “Django Unchained” and U.S. presidential drama “Lincoln” – are the most discussed films of the awards season, with their very different takes on historical events.

Feb 9, 2013

One year later, Grammys recall scramble over Whitney Houston death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Grammy host LL Cool J called it a “death in our family” and it was he who suggested starting the Grammy Awards show last year with a prayer for Whitney Houston.

Behind the scenes, Grammy Awards producers had worked all night to re-shape the music industry’s biggest night just 24 hours after the drowning death of the troubled superstar in a Beverly Hills hotel.

Feb 5, 2013

Oscar night to have something for everyone, producers say

BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) – With a high five from 9-year-old actress Quvenzhane Wallis, and a pledge that Oscar night will have something for everyone, the Academy Awards kicked into high gear on Monday at a luncheon for more than 160 nominees.

Jennifer Lawrence, Steven Spielberg, Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts, Joaquin Phoenix, Kathryn Bigleow, Anne Hathaway and Denzel Washington were among the Oscar-nominated actors, directors and producers who mingled over cocktails and lunch at a Beverly Hills hotel before gathering for the traditional group photo of the Academy Award class of 2012.

Jan 28, 2013

Anne Hathaway, Tommy Lee Jones win Screen Actors Guild awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Hathaway took home prizes at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday, as Hollywood actors picked the best performances of 2012 in film and television on an evening that will likely define some of the top Oscar races next month.

Jones, 66, won the best supporting actor trophy for his turn as Thaddeus Stevens, the radical congressman in “Lincoln,” beating strong competition from Robert De Niro’s gruff father in “Silver Linings Playbook.” The category is seen as one of the closest races at the Oscars on February 24.

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      "I'm a British import to Los Angeles who still hasn't managed to lose the accent after 10 years. I cover all things celebrity -- Hollywood award shows, stars in trouble, U.S. television and California lifestyle. Before arriving in Los Angeles, I worked for Reuters in London and Italy, covering stories like the death of Princess Diana, the Italian Mafia, and the Good Friday Northern Ireland peace agreement."
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