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Who is your favorite multiple Best Actress Oscar winner? [Poll]

Who is your favorite multiple Best Actress Oscar winner? [Poll]
Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) is a few weeks away from becoming one of 14 women who’ve won more than one Best Actress Oscar. McDormand, who took home the prize for “Fargo” (1996), would join 12 other women as two-time winners, two shy of Katharine Hepburn’s all-time record of four. Before McDormand joins this elite club, which of the first lucky 13 champs is your favorite?

Luise Rainer was the first actress to win two and the first performer to win back-to-back Oscars, triumphing for “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936) and “The Good Earth” (1937). Bette Davis (1935’s “Dangerous” and 1938’s “Jezebel”) joined her the following year. Eleven years later, Davis’ pal Olivia de Havilland won her second Oscar for 1949’s “The Heiress,” three years after her “To Each His Own” victory.

Two years after that, Vivien Leigh, who first took home the award for “Gone with the Wind” (1939), won for “A Streetcar Named Desire
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Oscars 2018: Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’) would be 14th two-time Best Actress winner

Oscars 2018: Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’) would be 14th two-time Best Actress winner
No acting category at the Oscars has had more repeat winners than Best Actress, with 13 performers claiming two or more statues. Now Frances McDormand is in a strong position to add her name to that list for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” As of this writing McDormand leads our predictions with odds of 2/13 based on the combined forecasts of more than 3,400 users who have entered their picks at Gold Derby. If our predictions prove true, McDormand would join the following repeat champs:

Ingrid Bergman: “Gaslight” (1944) and “Anastasia” (1956)

Bette Davis: “Dangerous” (1935) and “Jezebel” (1938)

Olivia de Havilland: “To Each His Own” (1946) and “The Heiress” (1949)

Sally Field: “Norma Rae” (1979) and “Places in the Heart” (1984)

Jane Fonda: “Klute” (1971) and “Coming Home” (1978)

Jodie Foster: “The Accused” (1988) and “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991)

Katharine Hepburn: “Morning Glory” (1933), “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967), “The Lion in Winter
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Review: In ‘Fifty Shades Freed,’ Anastasia’s Pleasure Comes First

Few things seem to make men more uncomfortable than seeing women enjoy themselves. You can see it by the way in which female led films are trashed by critics, the attempts in Congress to take away women’s rights, or the faceless trolls harassing women online, and if you’ve seen any of the Fifty Shades films in a theater, you can hear it: it’s always a man who erupts into a nervous giggle when Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) moans with pleasure while having sex with Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). And while Fifty Shades Freed, like its pair of predecessors, has many laughable elements, Anastasia’s reclaiming of her well-deserved pleasure is certainly not one of them.

The final chapter in the trilogy begins with Anastasia and Christian’s wedding, the thumping bass of a pop song leading to quick cuts of aspirational porn, as the camera glides down Ana’s lace gown,
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SAG-aftra Sides with Olivia de Havilland in FX Feud

While entertainment and digital stakeholders are lining up in support of Ryan Murphy and FX in their legal battle with Olivia de Havilland over her portrayal in Feud: Bette and Joan, SAG-aftra is now stepping up on behalf of the 101-year-old actress.

After the limited series about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford aired in the spring of 2017, de Havilland sued the creator and network. She claims the show inaccurately portrayed her as a gossip in violation of her privacy and publicity rights. FX and Murphy asked the court to dismiss the suit under California's anti-slapp statute, arguing their...
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Oscars 2018: Here are all 156 living actresses and actors who could join a 90th anniversary family album on March 4

Oscars 2018: Here are all 156 living actresses and actors who could join a 90th anniversary family album on March 4
In recent days we have reminded you of the two Oscars family album events that happened in 1998 for the 70th anniversary and 2003 for the 75th ceremony. Click on each of those to watch the highly entertaining assemblies of many living actors and actresses from acting categories.

And now, the 90th anniversary show is already being prepared by producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd to air Sunday, March 4, on ABC with returning host Jimmy Kimmel. Would that duo want to take on the challenge of assembling such an all-star gathering on the Dolby Theatre stage in Hollywood? Would they be able to convince 90 of the 156 living actresses and actors who won in competitive categories (or received honorary trophies for acting) to join together for a lengthy 15-minute segment?

See Oscar Best Picture Gallery: History of Every Academy Award-Winning Movie

Full lists are below of the people who would be contacted about attending.
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Netflix & MPAA Back FX In ‘Feud’ Battle With Olivia De Havilland

Proving that if you pay your dues literally, your pals will show up to have your back, the Motion Picture Association of America and Netflix today warned of “the chilling fear of litigation” as they filed court documents supporting FX and Ryan Murphy in their legal battle with Olivia De Havilland over the Oscar winning icon's depiction in the Feud: Bette and Joan. “The type of claims pursued by a celebrity like Olivia de Havilland here deserve especially heightened…
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MPAA, Netflix Support FX's Defense Against Olivia de Havilland

Olivia de Havilland may have an early court ruling on her side in the legal battle against Ryan Murphy and FX over Feud: Bette and Joan — but entertainment and digital stakeholders are rallying in support of the network and biopic producers everywhere.

The 101-year-old actress sued Murphy and FX, claiming the series inaccurately portrayed her as a vulgar gossip. The creator and network promptly filed an anti-slapp motion, arguing the suit should be tossed early under a California statute that bars frivolous lawsuits arising from from First Amendment activity on matters of public interest.

While anti-slapp motions...
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MPAA Urges Appeals Court to Protect Filmmakers’ Right to Embellish

The MPAA has waded into the dispute between screen legend Olivia de Havilland and FX Networks, arguing in an amicus brief filed Thursday that filmmakers must have the right to embellish true events.

De Havilland, 101, sued FX in June, objecting to her portrayal in the Ryan Murphy series “Feud.” De Havilland’s attorneys argued that the series portrayed her as a “petty gossip” and took strong exception to a scene in which De Havilland calls her sister, the actress Joan Fontaine, a “bitch.”

FX countered that its depiction is protected under the First Amendment and filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Judge Holly Kendig denied that motion, prompting FX to take its case to the state Court of Appeals.

The MPAA on Thursday joined with Netflix in urging the appellate court to overturn Kendig’s decision and throw out the suit. In the brief, the MPAA’s lawyers argued that they “cannot overstate the serious implications
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MPAA Urges Appeals Court to Protect Filmmakers’ Right to Embellish

The MPAA has waded into the dispute between screen legend Olivia de Havilland and FX Networks, arguing in an amicus brief filed Thursday that filmmakers must have the right to embellish true events.

De Havilland, 101, sued FX in June, objecting to her portrayal in the Ryan Murphy series “Feud.” De Havilland’s attorneys argued that the series portrayed her as a “petty gossip” and took strong exception to a scene in which De Havilland calls her sister, the actress Joan Fontaine, a “bitch.”

FX countered that its depiction is protected under the First Amendment and filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Judge Holly Kendig denied that motion, prompting FX to take its case to the state Court of Appeals.

The MPAA on Thursday joined with Netflix in urging the appellate court to overturn Kendig’s decision and throw out the suit. In the brief, the MPAA’s lawyers argued that they “cannot overstate the serious implications
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2018 Oscars: Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’) would set third longest gap between Best Actress wins

2018 Oscars: Frances McDormand (‘Three Billboards’) would set third longest gap between Best Actress wins
After victories at the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice and Screen Actors Guild Awards, Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) is the odds-on favorite to join a select group of women: performers who’ve won at least two Best Actress Oscars. McDormand would be the 14th to do so and perhaps most impressively, her double would be the third longest timespan between first and second wins.

McDormand won her first Oscar for “Fargo” a whoppin’ 21 years ago — that’s a whole person who can drink! She’d be behind only Meryl Streep (“Sophie’s Choice,” “The Iron Lady”), who waited 29 years, and Katharine Hepburn (“Morning Glory,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”), who holds the record at 34 years.

Most two-time Best Actress winners garner their second statuette within a decade of their first, usually within the first five years in that “honeymoon period” when, to paraphrase one double champ, they like you,
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Oscars flashback: Iraq invasion in 2003 almost cancelled 75th anniversary Oscars family album reunion of 59 acting winners [Watch]

The 75th anniversary ceremony for the Academy Awards almost didn’t happen as scheduled. When America led an invasion of Iraq that weekend, broadcast network ABC pleaded with producer Gil Cates and Academy president Frank Piersen to move the event back a week. The duo claimed it would be too expensive to make the switch and that the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood would be unavailable.

On March 23, 2003, the ceremony went live on ABC as scheduled, hosted by comedian, actor, and writer Steve Martin, with the Best Picture proclaimed to be “Chicago.” However, several presenters such as Cate Blanchett, Jim Carrey, and Will Smith cancelled their appearances. That day’s events also caused several past winners to bail out on appearing in the Oscars family album slated for late in the show. Similar to a segment five years early for the 70th anniversary show (read more on the link above), the
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The Furniture: Top Hat's Dancing Sets

"The Furniture," by Daniel Walber, is our weekly series on Production Design. You can click on the images to see them in magnified detail.

Only 8 days until Oscar nominations! To mark the occasion, or perhaps to fill the time with something other than anticipation, let’s look back at the 8th Academy Awards. The year was 1935. Bette Davis won a consolation prize, Best Actress for Dangerous after the failure of a write-in campaign for 1934’s Of Human Bondage. John Ford won his first Oscar for The Informer, which beat Mutiny on the Bounty in nearly every category except Best Picture. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the film debut of Olivia de Havilland, won a write-in victory in Best Cinematography.

This was the last year with only three nominees for Best Art Direction. The victory went to The Dark Angel, a drama of romance and World War One. Its biggest competition
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Not as a Stranger

What? Doctors aren’t perfect? And some practicing doctors are incompetent? Stanley Kramer’s All-Star medical soap opera takes two unlikely students (Robert Mitchum and Frank Sinatra) through med school and confronts them with a number of pat dramatic complications. But the movie belongs to top-billed Olivia de Havilland, who lends a touch of class to the entire iffy enterprise.

Not as a Stranger

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1955 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 135 min. / Street Date January 9, 2018 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Olivia de Havilland, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Charles Bickford, Myron McCormick, Lon Chaney Jr., Jesse White, Harry Morgan, Lee Marvin, Virginia Christine, Whit Bissell, Jack Raine, Mae Clarke, John Dierkes, King Donovan, Franklyn Farnum, Paul Guilfoile, Nancy Kulp, Harry Lauter, Juanita Moore, Jerry Paris, Stafford Repp, Carl Switzer, Will Wright.

Cinematography: Franz Planer

Film Editor: Fred Knutson

Original Music: George Antheil

Written by Edna and Edward Anhalt,
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Cate Blanchett only the 9th Actress to Preside over Cannes!

by Nathaniel R

Pedro Almodóvar was always going to be a tough act to follow. So surprise, Cannes went with an actress instead of a director to head its 71st annual event (May 8th through 19th, 2018). We're sure Pedro would approve, being the big Actressexual that he is. Actresses are more common than actors for this honor but the bulk of the Main Competition jury presidents are famous auteurs. Cate the Great will only be the 9th actress to preside (for the tenth such occurence). She's also only the second Australian after director George Miller reigned in 2016.

The only actresses to have previously presided over the main Cannes jury

Olivia de Havilland (UK) in 1965 Sophia Loren (Italy) in 1966 Michele Morgan (France) in 1971 Ingrid Bergman (Sweden) in 1973 Jeanne Moreau (France) in 1975 and 1995 Isabelle Adjani (France) in 1997 Liv Ullman (Norway) in 2001 Isabelle Huppert (France) in 2009

This is a smart move on Cannes
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Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury

Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury
Australian stage and screen actress Cate Blanchett will serve as President of the Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes (Tuesday May 8 through Saturday, May 19). She’s the tenth woman to be jury president, following Olivia de Havilland (1965), Sophia Loren (1966), Michele Morgan (1971), Ingrid Bergman (1973), Jeanne Moreau (1975 and 1995), Francoise Sagan (1979), Isabelle Adjani (1997), Liv Ullmann (2001), Isabelle Huppert (1999), and Jane Campion (2014), the only woman to ever win the Palme d’Or.

Blanchett follows President Pedro Almodóvar, whose jury awarded the Palme d’Or to Ruben Östlund’s eventual shortlisted Swedish Oscar entry “The Square.”

“This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story,” said Blanchett, “that strange and vital endeavor that all peoples share, understand and crave.”

Blanchett has long switched between independents and studio features. She starred in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy by Peter Jackson, David Fincher’s “Benjamin Button,” “Babel” by Alejandro González Iñárritu,
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Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury

Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury
Australian stage and screen actress Cate Blanchett will serve as President of the Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes (Tuesday May 8 through Saturday, May 19). She’s the tenth woman to be jury president, following Olivia de Havilland (1965), Sophia Loren (1966), Michele Morgan (1971), Ingrid Bergman (1973), Jeanne Moreau (1975 and 1995), Francoise Sagan (1979), Isabelle Adjani (1997), Liv Ullmann (2001), Isabelle Huppert (1999), and Jane Campion (2014), the only woman to ever win the Palme d’Or.

Blanchett follows President Pedro Almodóvar, whose jury awarded the Palme d’Or to Ruben Östlund’s eventual shortlisted Swedish Oscar entry “The Square.”

“This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story,” said Blanchett, “that strange and vital endeavor that all peoples share, understand and crave.”

Blanchett has long switched between independents and studio features. She starred in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy by Peter Jackson, David Fincher’s “Benjamin Button,” “Babel” by Alejandro González Iñárritu,
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The Whales of August

This look at the ‘adjustments’ of old age and the pain of nostalgia is a prime opportunity to admire a pair of legendary actresses. David Barry’s play observes the intersection of several interesting personalities on one glorious late-summer day. Bette Davis and Lillian Gish earn our full attention, backed by memorable turns from Ann Sothern and Vincent Price, directed by Lindsay Anderson.

The Whales of August

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Kl Studio Classics

1987 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 90 min. / 30th Anniversary Edition / Street Date December 19, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring: Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Ann Sothern, Vincent Price, Harry Carey Jr., Frank Grimes, Margaret Ladd, Tisha Stering, Mary Steenburgen.

Cinematography: Mike Fash

Film Editor: Nicolas Gaster

Production Design: Jocelyn Herbert

Original Music: Alan Price

Written by David Berry, from his play

Produced by Mike Kaplan, Carolyn Pfeiffer

Directed by Lindsay Anderson

Every once in a while a ‘sunset’ movie comes along, a picture seemingly
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Olivia de Havilland

Olivia de Havilland was one of the most famous names of Classical Hollywood, as shown by her numerous awards and accolades for her acting. Currently, her name has been in the news because she is suing the people behind Feud: Bette and Joan for a dramatization that she sees as having crossed the line, which could have an impact on docudramas as a whole. Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Olivia de Havilland: Born in Japan Both De Havilland and her sister were born in Japan. In fact, their parents met in Japan,

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Olivia de Havilland
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Olivia de Havilland's FX Feud Tests Boundaries of Storytelling in Docudramas

Olivia de Havilland's portrayal in Ryan Murphy's FX series Feud: Bette and Joan is bringing big picture questions about the rights of docudrama producers to stretch the truth to the attention of the California appeals court. 

The 101-year-old actress in June sued FX and Ryan Murphy, claiming the series violates her privacy and publicity rights and Catherine Zeta-Jones' portrayal leaves viewers with the impression that she was a hypocrite who peddled gossip to promote herself. Her complaint centers on a fake interview given by Zeta-Jones as de Havilland that's used to help narrate the series.

Defendants asked the court <a...
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Happy 101st, Kirk Douglas!

The screen legend, whose centennial we celebrated this time last year with looks back at Spartacus, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Bad and the Beautiful, and Lust for Life, is celebrating his 101st birthday today. He's the second oldest living Oscar nominee or winner (two time winner Olivia de Havilland is five months older) and here he is celebrating the big day with his daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones (as shared on her Instagram). 
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