March 2, 2014 |
For his performance as the transgender AIDS patient Rayon in "Dallas Buyers Club," Jared Leto essentially became a different person for 25 days. He dropped more than 30 pounds, adopted a lilting accent and stayed in character for the entirety of the shoot, clacking around in high heels, short skirts and garish makeup. On Sunday, Leto won his first Oscar for the role, which marked the biggest transformation yet in a career marked by reinvention, and it also represented a return to roots for an actor who for several years was more likely to be found on stage with his rock band than in front of a camera.
February 21, 2014 |
Lupita Nyong'o, the 30-year-old Mexican-born actress of Kenyan descent who stars in “12 Years a Slave,” has been crowned this award season's “It girl.” In addition to her many acting accolades - including an Oscar nomination for supporting actress - her striking good looks, impeccable style and flawless visage have also launched her, at lightning-quick speed, into the realm of beauty role model. When celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose was first asked to do Nyong'o's makeup, “I just saw that face and I canceled my vacation to work with her,” he says.
February 6, 2014 |
Hollywood loves a Cinderella story, and few have ever fit that shoe better than Barkhad Abdi. The actor, who played Somali pirate leader Muse in the Paul Greengrass film "Captain Phillips" to great acclaim, was born in Mogadishu. He recalls an idyllic childhood there, making and flying kites and playing marbles, until the age of 7, when civil war broke out in Somalia. He and his family fled to Yemen, where his father was already working as a teacher. Seven years later, they immigrated to the U.S., joining a vibrant Somali community in Minneapolis.
January 20, 2014 |
The big winner in this year's Hollywood awards season: the local economy. Hundreds of millions of dollars are funneled into hotels, restaurants and limousine companies as Los Angeles hosts the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Academy Awards and related events. The money pumped into the Southern California economy comes at a welcome time. The awards season that stretches from January to March falls within a typically slow period for tourism around the country.
January 19, 2014 |
Backstage at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday night, winners met media with comments and body language that expressed wine-fueled giddiness, exhausted delight, sheer surprise -- or all three at once. After winning the SAG Award for ensemble in a TV comedy series, the cast of "Modern Family" walked backstage, arms weighted down with the heavy statuettes. Though many of the actors looked tired, they said such honors never get old. “Ed was the only one who thought we were going to win today,” said Julie Bowen, referring to costar Ed O'Neill.
January 18, 2014 |
The Screen Actors Guild Awards -- the Hollywood awards show where actors honor their own -- is considered one of the more reliable predictors of Oscar gold, in part because actors represent such a large voting block in the motion picture academy. The show is also, in contrast to the often tart and freewheeling Golden Globes, a major love fest. There's no host making cutting jokes about the nominees and no music cutting off the speeches. And there is usually at least one moment when someone holds up a SAG card.