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February 15, 2011
Conventional wisdom says the races in the top Oscar categories are all but locked. Colin Firth and Natalie Portman will win the leads, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo provide the support and "The King's Speech" cleans up for picture and director. But judging from how the three academy members we polled ? a writer, an actor and a director, all men ? marked their ballots, upsets could still occur. Which is why, of course, we tune in on Oscar night. Because in that moment between the opening of the envelope and the winner being announced, anything remains possible.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Weren't the Oscars great this year? Matthew McConaughey's best actor acceptance speech ? That put us on a spaceship and sent us straight to Neptune, man. And we thought we were going to lose it when Cuba Gooding Jr. rushed the stage just after Ben Affleck presented the night's last award. Will somebody spring that guy from movie jail and offer him a great part again? Wait ... what's that? The Oscars haven't happened yet? Voting for the winners is just beginning today?
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013 | By John Horn
Although nominations from the American Society of Cinematographers are not one of the most reliable bellwethers for the Academy Awards, Wednesday's ASC shortlist did create some unexpected confusion in the cinematography race while bolstering the chances of a longtime Oscar bridesmaid. Mirroring the selections made earlier in the day for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards, the ASC singled out cinematographers  Seamus McGarvey (“Anna Karenina”), Danny Cohen (“Les Miserables")
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
One thing has become clear when your name is Oprah Winfrey: You can do whatever you want, no matter how bewildering it is. Reports that the former talk show host, who is the founder and head of OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, may be headed for Broadway to star with Audra McDonald in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play " 'night, Mother" is raising a few eyebrows and questions. Is she craving the roar of the crowd again? Is Winfrey bored with running a television network which bears her name?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
Two past Oscar winners lead this year's supporting actress Oscar field, but the race remains largely unsettled thanks to the late arrival of "Les Miserables. " The musical sports several juicy roles for women, most notably the desperate, starving mother, Fantine (Anne Hathaway); the lovestruck Eponine (Samantha Barks), who's famously on her own; and darling Cosette (Amanda Seyfried). We're guessing Helena Bonham Carter will kill opposite Sacha Baron Cohen as Madame Thenardier too, but voters typically favor the tragedy mask over its comic counterpart.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
With high-profile Oscar contenders "Les Miserables" and "Zero Dark Thirty" screening for the first time for guild and academy members this weekend, a measure of clarity was expected to enter this year's best picture race. That happened, yes, but if you were among those who caught the two highly anticipated films over the Thanksgiving break, you probably woke up Monday morning suffering from a severe case of tonal whiplash. Tom Hooper's lavish adaptation of "Les Miz" screened six times around Los Angeles on Saturday, with Hooper and cast members ping-ponging between the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, the Mann's Chinese in Hollywood and the Television Academy in North Hollywood to introduce the movie and answer tightly scripted questions.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
If the lead actress Oscar race already seems fairly settled for Jennifer Lawrence as we argued here , the outcome of the lead actor contest seems even more of a foregone conclusion. The best argument against Daniel Day-Lewis' inside-out, understated genius in "Lincoln" is that academy voters might be inclined to give the respected John Hawkes or the gonzo Joaquin Phoenix a first Oscar before bestowing Day-Lewis a third. Or that magazine covers like this one create a backlash of resentment that might work against the "world's greatest actor.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Ethel Waters The famed blues, jazz and gospel vocalist (1896-1977) made her movie debut in the 1929 musical "On With the Show!" She became the second African American to earn an Oscar nomination, for her supporting role in the 1949 drama "Pinky. " Hattie McDaniel The first African American (1895-1952) to win an Academy Award, for her supporting role as Mammy in 1939's "Gone with the Wind. " When the NAACP complained in the 1940s about her playing servant roles, she said, "I'd rather play a maid and make $700 a week then be one for $7. " Dorothy Dandridge The beautiful singer and actress (1922-65)
NEWS
July 14, 2005 | Chris Lee
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a new regulation Wednesday taking aim at filmmakers it perceived to be "cheerleaders" for nominated films during the Oscar race. The new measure prohibits academy members who are not "directly connected" with a nominated film from hosting screenings of the film for fellow academy members -- a frequently utilized award season campaign tactic.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 1986 | JACK MATHEWS, Times Staff Writer
It is a tribute to the unique success of director Steven Spielberg that he has become the most talked-about person in this year's Oscar race for not receiving a nomination for "The Color Purple."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
The Academy Awards are still more than three weeks away, and, by this point, there's the feeling that everyone involved should be looking (or at least feeling ) like Cate Blanchett's desperate, fallen socialite at the end of "Blue Jasmine" - bleary-eyed, babbling and drenched in perspiration. Those who have avoided that fate have probably honed their personal mantra along the lines of Matthew McConaughey's chest-bump money chant in "The Wolf of Wall Street," something along the lines of: Mmmm-hmmm-hmmm.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
When Oscar nominations were announced last week, "Gravity" and "American Hustle" led the field, each winning 10. "12 Years a Slave" was right behind them with nine nominations. Then "Hustle" won the Screen Actors Guild Award for ensemble last Saturday, making it the favorite to win best picture - a distinction that lasted all of 24 hours until the Producers Guild of America gave "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" top honors in an unprecedented tie Sunday night. (We're still trying to fathom the odds on the exact same number of voters - in a group numbering nearly 6,000 - placing "12 Years" above "Gravity" and "Gravity" above "12 Years.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
 "American Hustle" won just a single trophy at the Screen Actors Guild Awards - the really important one. The cast of David O. Russell's con-man tale took home SAG's cast award Saturday night, nudging "American Hustle" ahead of Oscar season's months-long front-runner, "12 Years a Slave," in what is proving to be a tight race. After collecting 10 Oscar nominations Thursday, "American Hustle" also beat out the casts of "August: Osage County," "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler" for the SAG Award.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik and Dawn C. Chmielewski
Can "The Square" put Netflix in Oscar circles? That's one of several questions raised by the company's decision to move into original documentaries with "The Square," filmmaker Jehane Noujaim's nonfiction feature about the Egyptian revolution. On Monday, Netflix announced it had acquired rights to the political film, which centers on real-life protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square. The movie is considered a frontrunner in the upcoming Academy Award race for best documentary, having won a coveted audience award at the Sundance Film Festival in January and another audience prize at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
When George Clooney and Sony Pictures said Tuesday that the release of “The Monuments Men” would be delayed from mid-December to an unspecified date in 2014, they set off a round of speculation--and potential scrambling. “Monuments Men,” a World War II art heist movie that Clooney directs and stars in, was considered a possible contender in this year's race. Could coveted Academy Award slots - and the important media and mindshare required to land them--now go to of other hopefuls?
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Writer-director Jason Reitman continues his tradition of debuting his films at the Telluride Film Festival with the screening Thursday of his latest, the drama "Labor Day," starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, "Labor Day" tracks the tale of single mom Adele (Winslet) and her son Henry, who unwittingly take in an escaped convict (Brolin) as the police scour the town for him. The film nabbed the coveted first feature slot, screening this afternoon in the Colorado mountain town.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
One thing has become clear when your name is Oprah Winfrey: You can do whatever you want, no matter how bewildering it is. Reports that the former talk show host, who is the founder and head of OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, may be headed for Broadway to star with Audra McDonald in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play " 'night, Mother" is raising a few eyebrows and questions. Is she craving the roar of the crowd again? Is Winfrey bored with running a television network which bears her name?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2010 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Four years ago, a controversial British film called "Death of a President" stormed into the Toronto International Film Festival. The media was abuzz about its premise, which imagined that George W. Bush had been assassinated and Dick Cheney had ascended to the presidency. It became the hottest ticket of the festival that year and inspired intense debate about the limits of artistic and political expression — before fizzling in commercial release. Toronto, the preeminent North American gathering for top-tier filmmakers that starts Thursday and runs through next weekend, generates more heat and contention than almost any other festival.
NEWS
February 25, 2013
Hello. I'm Times Political Writer Seema Mehta and here's your L.A. City Election update. The nation's eyes were fixed this weekend on the Oscar race unfolding in Hollywood. But with just days to go before the citywide March 5 election, local political contests were getting just as hot and heavy. The Times took a wide-angle look at the challenges facing the city as voters pick a successor to termed-out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. City leaders have already cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of everyday services and ongoing maintenance to stay afloat, but the next chief executive will have to make hard decisions , especially in light of costly, ill-timed spending commitments made at City Hall and a failure to adjust to the region's weakening economic foundation.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
With the Screen Actors Guild moving their 2014 awards show up 10 days (to Jan. 18), the Producers Guild of America is following suit, shifting their show up a week to Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. Both events will fall on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. While Hollywood has yet to finish up this year's awards run, the jockeying for position for next year's circuit of award shows is already heating up as the various guilds and critics groups contend with the 2014 Olympic Winter Games scheduled to run from Feb. 7 to Feb. 23 in Sochi, Russia.
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