27 February 2007
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Scorsese Grateful for Belated Oscar Recognition
Director Martin Scorsese
is glad he didn't receive an Academy Award for directing earlier in his career, because it might have changed the way he made movies. Scorsese had received six nominations for directing and eight nominations overall in his 40-year career, before winning for The Departed
on Sunday night. He explains, "I've just been used to not winning. It's about getting the pictures made. But when you win something, you appreciate it." After making The Aviator
, Scorsese says he decided, "To just relax and make the best film we can." He adds, "Good thing I didn't get (the Oscar) before, because maybe it would have changed the kind of movies I would have made. I don't know if I was strong enough. I'm glad it's taken this long. It's been worth it."
Murphy "Storms Out" After Oscar Loss
star Eddie Murphy
was so devastated after losing the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award to Alan Arkin
he stormed out of the ceremony, according to press reports in the US, including Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com. Murphy was the favorite to win the Oscar, which instead was awarded to Little Miss Sunshine
star Arkin. The 45-year-old tried to downplay his disappointment telling American publication Us Weekly, "It's fine. It happens. It's OK." But shortly thereafter, Murphy and girlfriend Tracey Edmonds
left the show and didn't return. Murphy missed out on his Dreamgirls cast mates Beyonce Knowles
, Jennifer Hudson
and Anika Noni Rose
performing songs from the film, as well as Hudson's win for Best Supporting Actress.
DeGeneres in Tears Over Oscar Feat
Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres
burst into tears on her live post-Academy Awards TV talk show yesterday, after a string of celebrities poured praise on her via video. The humbled comedienne fought to regain composure as her studio audience gave her a standing ovation following footage of DeGeneres' day at the Oscars, where she realized a lifelong dream to host the big show. The proud comic was seen sobbing in her dressing room hours before the Oscars got underway and then she sobbed as she thanked family and friends backstage after her first hosting stint was over. But it was taped post-show comments from Kate Winslet
, Marc Anthony
, Queen Latifah
, Dame Helen Mirren
and Will Smith
that had DeGeneres sobbing on her show. She said, "I'm crying for many reasons - I'm tired, so I'm emotional... It represented so many things to me. It represented that people believed in me, they took a chance in me to hold something like that together. It was harder than I thought and I was scared to death... It was incredible." DeGeneres explained that watching the footage of her preparations for the big show brought all her emotions back.
Lansing Shocked by Cruise Presentation
head Sherry Lansing
was shocked when Tom Cruise
presented her with a humanitarian prize at the Academy Awards ceremony because they barely spoke just days earlier. The pair have worked together on film projects for years and Lansing was confused when Cruise seemed distant when they ran into each other just before the Oscars. Lansing received the Jean Hersholt Award for her humanitarian work and had no idea Cruise was presenting her with the honorary Oscar. She explains, "I had seen him at an Oscar party a few days before, and he was sort of cold to me. I was a little hurt. But then he gave me the Oscar and he whispered, 'This is an honor, I really wanted to do this, you know how much I love you, and at the party I couldn't say anything!' I really love him. I've known Tom since he was 19 years old. I almost started to cry!"
Arkin Wanted Breslin To Lose Academy Award
Little Miss Sunshine
Oscar winner Alan Arkin
wanted his young co-star Abigail Breslin
to lose for Best Supporting Actress because an Academy Award win would ruin her childhood. The 72-year-old played Breslin's grandfather in the film and insists he has the child star's best interests at heart. He told Access Hollywood
on the red carpet before the ceremony, "I hope she loses frankly. No, I'm serious. I am not joking. What, next year the Nobel Prize? It's enough. She has had enough attention." Arkin says he just wants the 10-year-old to enjoy her childhood innocence adding, "I love her and I love her family. I feel enough is enough. She is a kid, she needs to have a childhood." Dreamgirls
star Jennifer Hudson
eventually ended up winning the prize over Breslin.
Boozy Stone Auctions Up a Storm at Elton's Party
Wannabe auctioneer Sharon Stone
can whip up a pile of money for charity - even when she's a little intoxicated, as she proved at pal Sir Elton John
's post-Oscar party in Hollywood on Sunday night. The actress, who has become famous for taking charge of celebrity auctions of late, took to the stage of the bash to help sell off prizes and raise cash for John's AIDS Foundation, but she admitted she was a little drunk. Slurring Stone told the celebrity revelers, "I've been sitting at my table with P. Diddy
and Jon Bon Jovi
, and I'm a little messed up." But that didn't stop her from making a cash splash - at one point she managed to land two $250,000 bids for tickets to John's upcoming 60th birthday party. Stone helped the singer raise $4.2 million for charity at the party.
Hudson Still In Love With Childhood Sweetheart
star Jennifer Hudson
has no plans to leave her longtime boyfriend now that she has made it big in Hollywood, because she knows he loves her for her true self. Hudson has been dating childhood sweetheart James Peyton for seven years and the two are still madly in love. When asked by journalist Barbara Walters
if he has proposed she explains, "Not yet. Maybe one day he will. But that's up to him, because I'm not proposing!" Peyton is a maintenance engineer in Chicago, Illinois and Hudson claims she has no plans to date other men, because he makes her feel secure. She explains, "The difference is, why would I pick somebody new when it's like, 'You don't know me. You just see the Jennifer Hudson that's in Dreamgirls
or the Jennifer Hudson from American Idol
. But he knows Jennifer Hudson from years ago, when we were back in seventh, eighth grade." Hudson confirms the sparks are still there even after meeting at such a young age adding, "Yes! And that's how I like it!"
Morricone Touched by Dion Tribute
Honorary Oscar recipient Ennio Morricone
was incredibly moved when Celine Dion
sang a new song for him at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. Morricone received a prize for his lifetime achievement in scoring films and Dion debuted the song "I Knew I Loved You" during the tribute. He explains Dion's performance "Gave me immense pleasure. She said (at first), 'You know, I don't know if I'm going to be capable because I'm feeling very moved myself.'" The veteran composer claims one of his most treasured possessions is a record of Dion singing the theme from Once Upon A Time In America
. When asked which of his famous scores was his favorite he added, "It's like asking a father if he has a favorite child. I never answer that question!"
Clooney Has Fun With His Oscar
star George Clooney
had fun with his Best Supporting Actor Oscar - by using it as a photo prop at his mansion in Italy. The movie star took his Academy Award to Europe with him as he chilled out after the Oscars - and insisted all visitors posed with it. He says, "There's always great people who stop by. So whoever came by I made them take a picture... and they all had to give, like, their own made-up acceptance speech. There's some really funny pictures." Those that feature among Clooney's snapshots include revered US newsman Walter Cronkite
Bobby Brown Arrested Again
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's estranged husband Bobby Brown
has been arrested again in Massachusetts for failing to appear at a child support hearing in October. The My Prerogative
singer was apprehended at Attleboro High School on Sunday night, on a warrant for failing to appear at the hearing. He was in town to watch his daughter Bobbi Kristina at a cheerleading competition. In October, Brown paid $11,000 in delinquent child support after being threatened with arrest if he stepped back into Massachusetts. He owed over two months of payments to Kim Ward, the mother of two of his teenage children, LaPrincia and Bobby III. In June 2004, Brown was sentenced to 90 days in prison for missing three months of child support payments, which was suspended after he immediately paid the $15,000 he owed.