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Many people were upset and disappointed this year when Leonardo DiCaprio lost his fourth and fifth Oscar (Best Actor and Best Picture for The Wolf of Wall Street which he also produced) this year to Matthew McConaughey. While I would have loved for him to win, I knew that it wasn't going to happen. The Academy tends to pick winners that make one excellent movie, like Jean Dujardin for The Artist, Halle Berry for Monster's Ball, rather than actors constantly producing knockout performances in every film. Sure, there are exceptions like Daniel Day-Lewis and Cate Blanchett, but they are rare. "Why give the gold to someone who will continue to create a career of golden performances even if they lose?" That's the Academy's mantra. I think we all know deep down that eventually Leo's Oscar curse will break and until then we will continue to watch and root for him. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Kelly McInerney)
Australian actress Wendy Hughes dead at 61 (photo: Wendy Hughes in ‘Newsfront’) Australian film, television, and stage actress Wendy Hughes, best known internationally for the big-screen dramas My Brilliant Career and Careful, He Might Hear You, died of cancer early today, March 8, 2014, in Sydney. Hughes (born on July 29, 1952, in Melbourne) was 61. Wendy Hughes’ film career kicked off in the mid-’70s, with Tim Burstall’s psychological drama ‘Jock’ Petersen / Petersen (1974), in which she plays the wife of a college professor who becomes romantically involved with a married student (Jack Thompson). "I spent a lot of the time naked and doing sex scenes," Hughes would later recall about her work in ‘Jock’ Petersen, "because in the seventies you all had to do that." In 1979, Hughes landed a key supporting role in the international arthouse hit My Brilliant Career, Gillian Armstrong’s late 19th-century-set tale of an independent-minded young woman (a Katharine Hepburn »
- Andre Soares
There is no more telling gauge of Palm Springs' white-hot real estate rebound than the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio recently purchased Dinah Shore's former house. Located in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood -- a development built during the 1950s where Liberace, Katharine Hepburn, Kirk Douglas and Lucille Ball owned homes -- the Shore estate is a jewel in the midcentury architecture crown. Set on 1.34 acres, the 7,000-square-foot Donald Wexler-designed post and beam spent less than three weeks on the market before the actor swooped in to add it to his portfolio of A-list homes
- Alexandria Abramian
TV Blend Mad Men Season 7 key art features a famous graphic designer - April 13th, y'all
/Film gross... the proposed reboot of Zorro is going to be Dark Knight-esque. Good god, Hollywood, be smarter. Anyone interested in Zorro, its own brand which is why you're rebooting it, is going to expect light swashbuckling Fun.
New Now Next Teen Wolf adding a third gay character for season 4. (Weird that they haven't expanded the opening credits sequence to feature the other regulars from the ever expanding show.)
Towleroad RuPaul teaches his Pit Crew to "Sissy That Walk"
i09 on 30 cult movies everyone should see once. »
- NATHANIEL R
Following Sunday's Oscars, which was one of the highest rated shows in recent memory, we had a few suggestions on how things could be improved next year. And one of those ideas was killing the montages or basically anything extraneous that doesn't have any bearing on the matter at hand—handing out awards. And we doubt that will happen if only because the Oscar show is built on pageantry, celebration of its own achievements and more, and that was the case even way back in the day when Bob Hope was hosting. A newly released nine-minute reel takes us back to 1967 and the 40th Academy Awards, where Best Actress winners Katharine Hepburn, Olivia de Havilland, Grace Kelly and Anne Bancroft were brought in to share different portions of four decades of Oscar history. Each actress tackles a different decade, sharing the memorable films and performances that marked those years. So »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"Grace of Monaco" was tipped to be a strong Oscar contender in 2013 but the Weinstein Company delayed its release till this spring. Watch the first trailer for the film below. The biopic stars Oscar winner Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, who left Hollywood behind in 1956 at the height of her career to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco. The film follows the pair during a crisis in their marriage in the early 1960s when the prince (played by Oscar nominee Tim Roth, "Rob Roy") could lose his land to France. This certainly looks like the perfect vehicle for Kidman to nab her second Best Actress trophy -- it’s a biopic that combines Old Hollywood lore with European royalty. -Break- She would be the second person in history to win for portraying a real-life Oscar winner; Cate Blanchett prevailed in the supporting race in 2004 for playing four-time Best Actress champ Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator. »
Episode 10 of 52 wherein Anne Marie screens all of Katharine Hepburn's films in chronological order.
In which Kate dons some regal duds.
Stick with me, folks. The next three weeks are going to be rough, but if we can get through it together, the last week in March will be Stage Door, and from there on it’s nothing but Kate classics. In the meantime, however, we’ll have to slog through three films which, if I’m totally honest, rightly earned Kate her “box office poison” moniker. But we’re jumping ahead of ourselves.
First we have to get through Mary of Scotland, a misbegotten, misdirected, miscast movie. “Misbegotten” because it dumbs down the political intrigue of Queen Mary of Scotland’s reign into a bad romance novel plot. “Misdirected” because John Ford clearly would rather have been out in Monument Valley with John Wayne and a wide angle lens. »
- Anne Marie
Signature line: “Anxiety, nightmares and a nervous breakdown, there's only so many traumas a person can withstand until they take to the streets and start screaming.” One can’t imagine that Cate Blanchett – whose formidable yet versatile onscreen persona often falls somewhere between the androgynous other-worldliness of England’s Tilda Swinton and the regal frostiness of fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman -- would ever find herself pushed to the crumbling edges of financial and emotional despair. But she is more than believable as the wretched struggling socialite who utters those words in "Blue Jasmine." Who else but Blanchett would have dared to take on the inimitable Katharine Hepburn, one of the greatest performers to ever grace the silver screen, and win a supporting Oscar for her efforts in 2004’s "The Aviator" – the first actor or actress to be rewarded for having the audacity to play another Oscar winner? And not just any winner, »
- Susan Wloszczyna
Chicago – Congratulations to Cate Blanchett as she picks up her second Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, this time as Best Actress for her brilliant performance in the film “Blue Jasmine.” Blanchett adds the trophy next to the Oscar she won as Best Supporting Actress in 2005 for portraying Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator.”
HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce captured this Exclusive Portrait of Cate Blanchett back in 1999 at the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, after she won Best Actress at the event for her breakout role in the film “Elizabeth.”
Oscar Winner Cate Blanchett in Chicago, 1999
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
• How the night unfolded
• Gravity pulls all night
• Full list of winners
• 10 things we learned
This year's Academy Awards was a very good year, pretty well a vintage year in fact, with excellent films of very different genres being recognised. For a critic it is gratifying to see them rewarded, though baffling in other ways to watch the spectacle of so many others being ignored. Well, that is what happens in this quasi-Superbowl. As ever, the Oscars revealed themselves to be purely enjoyable only for the observers, the journalists and the big winners with the majority of the actual participants undergoing what I suspect is a terrible ordeal and the majority going away under a cloud of disappointment. »
- Peter Bradshaw
Cate Blanchett confessed that being the frontrunner for Best Actress was “intense, unbearable pressure” backstage at Sunday’s Academy Awards. To relieve the stress, the “Blue Jasmine” star indulged in what she described as a “phenomenal massage.” “My morning began being pummeled like Kobe beef and it just got better and better,” Blanchett said. Also read: Oscars: The Complete Winners List Her day was capped off, one journalist noted, by becoming the first Australian woman to win two acting Oscars. Her first statue came for playing Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator.” “Don’t you fucking forget it,” Blanchett joked after »
- Brent Lang
var brightcovevideoid = '3283529236001'; Cate Blanchett has delivered an Oscar encore. The actress has won her second Academy Award, taking home the statuette for Best Actress Sunday night for her bravura performance as a boozy, fallen socialite in Blue Jasmine. While accepting her award, the 44-year-old actress celebrated a year that saw a wealth of roles for women in film. "As random and as subjective as this award is, it means a great deal in a year of, yet again, great performances by women," said Blanchett, who made sure to call out her fellow nominees one by one before ending with Judi Dench, »
- Alexis L. Loinaz
• How the night unfolded
• Full list of winners
Cate Blanchett scooped the best actress statuette at tonight's Academy Awards for her performance in the Woody Allen drama Blue Jasmine. It is the Australian star's second Oscar. Blanchett previously won the best supporting actress prize after playing Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's film The Aviator.
Written and directed by Allen, Blue Jasmine stars Blanchett as a brittle Manhattan socialite who has fallen on hard times. The 44-year-old performer was the bookies' favourite to claim the Oscar, despite a recent repeat of accusations that director Allen had abused his infant daughter, Dylan. Blanchett's win ensures that she, at least, remains untainted by the controversy.
Thanking the Academy, she remonstrated with "those who think films with women at the centre are niche: they are not, »
- Xan Brooks
Ever since Blue Jasmine hit theaters early last year, Cate Blanchett was considered the frontrunner to win the Best Actress Oscar. Sure enough, she came in first tonight. "Sit down, you're too old to be standing!" the Australian beauty mock-scolded the audience upon accepting her Academy Award for her role as a spoiled New York socialite who invades her sister's life in San Francisco after her world is turned upside down when authorities catch on to her Ponzi-scheming husband. This is Blanchett's second Oscar, having won Best Supporting Actress in 2005 for channeling Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator. The 44-year-old thesp collected pretty much every honor possible, »
Cate Blanchett has won the 2014 Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." This is her second Academy Award after winning the Best Supporting Actress prize in 2005 for her performance as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator." "As random and as subjective as this award is, it means a great deal in a year of extraordinary performances," Blanchett said upon accepting her Oscar before going on praise each of her fellow nominees. "I'm so very proud that 'Blue Jasmine' stayed in the cinemas for as long as it did...and to the audiences who went to see it -- to those of us in the industry still clinging to the idea that female-driven films are still niche: they in fact make money." It was a culmination of sorts, after she dominated the precursor circuit with wins at the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the Critics' Choice Movie Awards. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Cate Blanchett joined an exclusive club with her victory Sunday night becoming only the 40th person to win multiple Academy Awards for acting. And she got her second Oscar from one of the first 39 -- Daniel Day-Lewis, who won his third Best Actor prize last year for "Lincoln." Blanchett's first Oscar win was in 2004 in Best Supporting Actress for playing the all-time champ Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator." Her win this year was for Best Actress in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." Of the 39 other Oscar winners with multiple trophies, 22 are still living: Michael Caine, Daniel Day-Lewis, Olivia de Havilland, Robert De Niro, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster, Gene Hackman, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Glenda Jackson, Jessica Lange, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Luise Rainer, Maggie Smith, Kevin Spacey, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Christoph Waltz, Denzel Washington, and Dianne Wiest. All of these but de Hav »
The 86th Academy Awards are this Sunday evening, and we're counting down the minutes!
We've already given you our Oscar predictions, and now we're bringing you a few of the best (and craziest) Academy Awards facts. From the first Best Actor winner to the "one dollar" Oscar rule, here are 23 things you (probably) don't know about the Oscars.
1. The youngest Oscar winner was Tatum O'Neal, who won Best Supporting Actress for "Paper Moon" (1973) when she was only 10 years old. Shirley Temple won the short-lived Juvenile Award at 6 years old.
3. After winning Best Actress for "Cabaret" (1972), Liza Minnelli became (and still is) the only Oscar winner whose parents both earned Oscars. Her mother, Judy Garland, received an honorary award in 1939 and her father, Vincente Minnelli, »
- Jonny Black
Wow! An infographic showing all of the gowns worn by Best Actress winners at the Academy Awards over the years has been created by Mediarun Digital. The awesome image shows every dress, minus a few for those lucky ladies that didn't end up attending the awards show, dating all the way back to 1929. The first gown is from Janet Gaynor, who wore an "off the rack" gown when she accepted her award for her performance in 7th Heaven. Several stars weren't on hand to accept their prestigious award, such as Sophia Loren, Katharine Hepburn, and Joan Crawford—which is a shame considering those ladies would have knocked it out of the park with the innate sense of »
Unless you're prediction-loving, number-crunching wizard Nate Silver, you probably find statistics pretty boring. But stats concerning the Academy Awards have always been fascinating, mostly because the Oscars are just plain weird, and riddled with anomalies.
The ceremony got its start in the late 1920s, when movies were just making their transition into sound, and early nominees and categories reflected the sheer chaos of those halcyon days of what would eventually become Hollywood's golden age. (Though, of course, any film aficionado worth his/her salt would have a strong opinion about the exact dates that that age entailed.)
As the Oscars tradition continued, the awards became a bit more traditional themselves, settling into a predictable pattern of narratives that have stayed relatively consistent to this day. But there are always idiosyncrasies hiding in the woodwork, and the Academy Awards have them in spades. Here, we've collected some of the most distinctive »
- Katie Roberts
Episode 9 of 52 wherein Anne Marie screens all of Katharine Hepburn's films in chronological order
I will never turn down a movie about a lady in a suit. Two reasons: 1) Early exposure to As You Like It and 2) An experimental phase in college film studies during which I flirted heavily with the Hays Code.
What I’m saying is, I was predisposed to love Sylvia Scarlett no matter what. Still, it wasn’t what I expected. Kate in Sylvia Scarlett gets lumped in with Greta Garbo in Queen Christina and Marlene Dietrich in Morocco as a member of the Cinematic Sapphic Sisterhood. But after this week’s viewing, I actually think that’s reductive. Instead, Morocco, Queen Christina and Sylvia Scarlett all deal with different shades of androgyny, sex, and gender.
Too academic a subject? I will include pictures of ladies kissing. »
- Anne Marie
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