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Feb 25, 2013

“Zero Dark Thirty” fails at Oscars amid political fallout

LOS ANGELES, Feb 24 (Reuters) – “Zero Dark Thirty,” about
the decade-long U.S. hunt for Osama bin Laden, has received more
attention in the U.S. Congress than it did at the Oscars on
Sunday, amid political fallout over its depiction of torture and
alleged intelligence leaks to the movie’s makers.

The film, which has sparked outrage among both Democrats and
Republicans in Washington over its depiction of torture, and
allegations that the Obama administration leaked classified
intelligence to help the making of the film, won no major Oscars
on Sunday and only one award overall.

Feb 25, 2013

Christoph Waltz, ‘Brave’ win early Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Austrian actor Christoph Waltz and animated movie “Brave” took home early Oscars on Sunday as Seth MacFarlane mocked both himself and Hollywood’s A-listers in his debut as host of the movie industry’s biggest night.

In one of the closest contests going into the ceremony, the Best Supporting Actor went to Waltz for his turn as an eccentric dentist-turned-bounty-hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s slavery revenge fantasy “Django Unchained.”

Feb 25, 2013

Hollywood’s finest pose on red carpet ahead of Oscars show

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood’s biggest stars strutted and posed on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday, as Iran hostage drama “Argo” and presidential drama “Lincoln” went into the movie industry’s biggest night in a tight race for Best Picture.

Nominees Jessica Chastain, sparkling in a gold strapless Armani Prive dress, and Amy Adams in a gray strapless Oscar de la Renta gown, were among early arrivals walking the 500-foot (150-meter) long red carpet under warm, sunny skies.

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.

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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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