March 3, 2014 |
In the end, Oscar voters couldn't truly avert their gaze from "12 Years a Slave. " Even though many Oscar voters found filmmaker Steve McQueen's searing chronicle of enslavement almost too harrowing to watch, "12 Years a Slave" prevailed Sunday to win the best picture trophy in one of the closest contests in modern Academy Awards history. In a ceremony in which the space thriller "Gravity" collected a leading seven statuettes - including the first directing Oscar won by a Mexican-born filmmaker - the biggest honor went to the true-life account of the kidnapping and auctioning of Solomon Northup, a New York freeman bartered as a Louisiana cotton picker.
January 30, 2014 |
For many actors, Academy Award-nominated performances are to die for. Or, rather, if you play a character who dies - or who's dealing with illness or disability - your chances of earning a nomination and even the win go up significantly. Of the last 20 lead actor Oscar races, for example, 40% of wins have gone to actors who played characters who died on screen, an additional 25% of wins went to actors playing ill or mentally ill characters. In the last 20 years of lead actress races, 30% of wins were for playing characters who died or were ill. The numbers are inexplicably far higher among supporting actor wins (55%)
January 12, 2014 |
"Nashville" star Hayden Panettiere made it known how excited she was to be wearing Tom Ford to the Golden Globes, but she may have gotten a little carried away paying homage to the designer's sexy, '70s aesthetic. Panettiere's hair was a blond, blunt helmet that was almost too much "look" for such a petite and young woman. The slicked back and hardened hair, along with the graphic black and white color of her dress, was supposed to be a fashion-forward look but fell short because it tried too hard.
March 20, 2003 |
Actors Will Smith and Cate Blanchett, who were scheduled to be presenters at the Academy Awards ceremony Sunday, dropped out Wednesday. "His reasons are personal," said Stan Rosenfield, publicist for former Oscar nominee Smith ("Ali"). "He does not feel it would be appropriate for him to be there." Blanchett, a former nominee for "Elizabeth," said she didn't want to travel from her home in London. Rachel Abramowitz