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.
October 14, 2007
HOORAY for Cate ["A Golden Touch," Oct. 7]! There is no other actress out there doing it like Cate Blanchett right now. She defiantly brings the heat with every performance. I can still remember thinking what a joke it was when she lost the Oscar for the first "Elizabeth" to Gwyneth Paltrow. What does a girl have to do to prove that performance was worthy of an Oscar? Do it again? Apparently so. Go get 'em, Cate! NyKethia Taylor Panorama City
March 21, 1999 |
Makeup artists and hairstylists reveal design plans for their clients tonight: "I like the hair to dictate the look, to be the ornament. I'm not into a cheesy glitter look. I prefer elegance and sophistication. Think Grace Kelly, Coco Chanel."--Sally Hershberger, hairstylist for Cate Blanchett "It's a mistake to overdecorate with hair. Annette Bening is so beautiful she doesn't need much. I feel her hair should be straight, shiny and classic. Subtle is the way to go."