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Comedies dominate MTV Award noms

24 April 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The comedies The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Wedding Crashers lead the nominations for the 2006 MTV Movie Awards with five mentions apiece. Batman Begins, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hustle & Flow, Sin City and Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith followed with three nominations each. Vying for best movie are Virgin, Begins, King Kong, City and Crashers. Virgin's Steve Carell will compete for best performance with Walk the Line's Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, Brokeback Mountain's Jake Gyllenhaal, Red Eye's Rachel McAdams and Flow's Terrence Howard. (This is the first year that actors and actresses will compete against each other in all of the categories.) »

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Three 6 Mafia Pimp Out Oscar for Club Access

17 March 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Members of Oscar-winning musical group Three 6 Mafia are 'pimping out' their Oscar around Los Angeles in order to gain access to the hottest nightclubs. The rappers, who won Best Original Song for "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" from the movie Hustle & Flow, have made their Oscar statuette an official member of their entourage. The rap group rolled up to hot spot Lobby last Thursday and were told only four people would be allowed per table, because the club was already crowded. One of the group's members pulled the statue out of a paper bag and asked, "This little man count?" A source tells American publication Us Weekly, "Mr. Oscar sat on prime club real-estate, neatly placed on the centre of the group's table, surrounded by gazers observing that glowing complexion in awe." »

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Three 6 Mafia Thank Foxx for Oscar Inspiration

10 March 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hip-hop outfit Three 6 Mafia credit Jamie Foxx with giving them the confidence to deliver a barnstorming performance at Sunday's Oscar ceremony. Rapper Jordan 'Juicy J' Houston, who picked up the Best Song Academy Award for the track "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" featured in Hustle & Flow, was terrified by the prospect of appearing in front of the star-studded audience and billions of television viewers. But the sight of Ray actor Foxx smiling up at him gave Juicy J the inspiration to hit all the right notes. He tells MTV, "We were in the dressing room and they called us, 'Three 6 Mafia, 10 minutes. Three 6 Mafia, five minutes.' I walked up and I was relaxed, then I started getting a passing-out feeling. There was so much going on, I was so excited. You're talking about the Oscars, billions of people. That's all that was going through my head, 'Billions of people.' Then they said, 'Three 6, to the stage.' When I got up there it was like I was in a boxing match or something. I was moving around and getting myself some heat, body heat. I peep up into the crowd and saw Jamie Foxx looking up smiling. I was like, 'Aww s**t, Jamie Foxx' It was like he was giving us props. When I saw Jamie Foxx doing that, my confidence went back up. After (the performance) I was planning on leaving and going to the bar - then bam, we won the Oscar." »

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Crash Nabs Best Picture at the Oscars

6 March 2006 | IMDb News

Crash was the surprise winner of the Best Picture Oscar, taking home three Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay and Editing. The expected favorite, Brokeback Mountain, also won three awards, including Best Director for Ang Lee, Best Adapted Screenplay, and an unexpected win for Best Score, though failed in its bid for the top honor. Two other films also nabbed three Oscars each, in technical categories: King Kong, which won Best Sound, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects; and Memoirs of a Geisha, which won Best Cinematography, Art Direction and Costume Design. Acting honors went to Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), George Clooney (Syriana), and Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), all expected winners, as were Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Animated Feature) and March of the Penguins (Documentary Feature). One of the night's other unexpected victors was Hustle & Flow, which nabbed the Best Song Oscar for "It's Hard Out There For a Pimp." The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Make-Up) and Tsotsi (Foreign Language Film) each won a single Academy Award.

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Renegade pulse drives indies to Oscar success

6 March 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This was not your ordinary Oscars. It was the year that the independent spirit crashed the Academy Awards, from the gritty hip-hop best song winner "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from Hustle & Flow and edgy, New York cable host Jon Stewart to honorary Oscar winner Robert Altman, who looked shocked to be winning anything from the establishment he had been fighting all his life. This year's winners sent a signal that movies with a renegade pulse and a few brain cells were most likely to come from the likes of the indie Lionsgate (which released best picture Oscar winner Crash) and Focus Features (the specialty division of Universal Pictures that backed Brokeback Mountain, which won three Oscars) than the major studios. »

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Crash Nabs Best Picture at the Oscars

5 March 2006 | IMDb News

Crash was the surprise winner of the Best Picture Oscar, taking home three Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay and Editing. The expected favorite, Brokeback Mountain, also won three awards, including Best Director for Ang Lee, Best Adapted Screenplay, and an unexpected win for Best Score, though failed in its bid for the top honor. Two other films also nabbed three Oscars each, in technical categories: King Kong, which won Best Sound, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects; and Memoirs of a Geisha, which won Best Cinematography, Art Direction and Costume Design. Acting honors went to Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), George Clooney (Syriana), and Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), all expected winners, as were Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Animated Feature) and March of the Penguins (Documentary Feature). One of the night's other unexpected victors was Hustle & Flow, which nabbed the Best Song Oscar for "It's Hard Out There For a Pimp." The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Make-Up) and Tsotsi (Foreign Language Film) each won a single Academy Award.

Get all the Academy Award winners and photos from the awards in our Road to the Oscars section. »

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Three 6 Mafia Promise "Clean" Performance

3 March 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia have vowed that their performance of "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" during Sunday's Oscar ceremony will be suitable for a family audience. The songwriters have reworked the lyrics of their controversial Oscar-nominated song, which was performed in the film Hustle And Flow by Terrence Howard. Singer Jordan 'Juicy J' Houston says, "We took out all the cuss words, dotted some 'i's and crossed some 't's. It's going to be a clean show. You can let your kids watch it, and they don't have to wear ear muffs." The Memphis, Tennessee band will be the first hip-hop group to perform during the Oscar ceremony. Houston considers it bad luck to prepare a thank you speech before the ceremony saying, "I'm not gonna jinx myself. If I was to win, then I'll just deal with it when I get on that stage." »

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Howard Hates Rap Music

27 February 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actor Terrence Howard prefers Kelly Clarkson to rap music, even though he is nominated for an Oscar for playing a pimp with hip-hop ambitions in Hustle & Flow. The Crash star had to put his personal taste in music aside to play Djay, the short-tempered hustler who dreams of making it big in the music industry. Howard prefers the music of James Taylor, Paul Simon and Jim Croce and especially likes Clarkson's "voice and attitude." He says, "After you've done it, you've got to take pride in your work. I love my emotionally, morally deformed child (DJay)." »

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Ledger Skeptical About Oscar Win

17 February 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Heath Ledger is convinced he won't win the Best Actor Oscar next month, because the other nominees are too good. The Australian actor - nominated for his role in Brokeback Mountain - is up against Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Joaquin Phoenix (Walk The Line), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow) and David Strathairn (Good Night, And Good Luck). He said at the presentation of his movie Candy at the Berlin International Film Festival Wednesday, "There are so many great actors who are nominated and who all deserve the award. Let's wait and see who will win. Of course, I'm proud to be nominated. But it's already great to be involved in a movie that wins so many prizes and is received so well." »

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Lee, Spielberg, Gyllenhaal, other Oscar nominees react

3 February 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ang Lee had just returned to his home in New York from taking his children to school and hoped to steal a few moments of sleep. That plan was foiled when word started breaking that his Brokeback Mountain was leading the Oscar pack with eight nominations, including his citation for best director. Although Brokeback's string of guild nominations had positioned it for Oscar glory, Lee admitted, "we were hopeful, but there was a little anxiety, so this is very good." ... "I was in bed with my husband, Bill Macy, when the phone rang," said Felicity Huffman, who in Transamerica plays a man struggling with his desire for a sex-change operation as well as his role as a father. "He chuckled and said, 'Ha Ha,' don't answer it.' I said, 'I have to answer it!' " ... This may have been Steven Spielberg's 11th Oscar nomination and sixth directing nom for Munich -- his thriller that wrestles with the thorny questions of how to respond to terrorism -- but the movie's five nominations still made him giddy. "I didn't expect it, honestly," an elated Spielberg said. ... Philip Seymour Hoffman may have been the front-runner for months in the best actor Oscar race for his amazing transformation in Capote, but it hasn't sunk in just yet. "It's hard to take a step back, but I do have to say, people have called and said 'Do you understand (what this means)?' But it's hard to have objectivity about it," he said. ... "Are you kidding me? I was so surprised!" exclaimed Jake Gyllenhaal about getting his first Oscar nom, for best supporting actor in Brokeback Mountain. ... "I'm still over the moon, and I ain't coming down," said Terrence Howard, who capped off a magical year with a best actor nom for his performance in Hustle & Flow. »

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Lee, Spielberg, Gyllenhaal, other Oscar nominees react

2 February 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Ang Lee had just returned to his home in New York from taking his children to school and hoped to steal a few moments of sleep. That plan was foiled when word started breaking that his Brokeback Mountain was leading the Oscar pack with eight nominations, including his citation for best director. Although Brokeback's string of guild nominations had positioned it for Oscar glory, Lee admitted, "we were hopeful, but there was a little anxiety, so this is very good." ... "I was in bed with my husband, Bill Macy, when the phone rang," said Felicity Huffman, who in Transamerica plays a man struggling with his desire for a sex-change operation as well as his role as a father. "He chuckled and said, 'Ha Ha,' don't answer it.' I said, 'I have to answer it!' " ... This may have been Steven Spielberg's 11th Oscar nomination and sixth directing nom for Munich -- his thriller that wrestles with the thorny questions of how to respond to terrorism -- but the movie's five nominations still made him giddy. "I didn't expect it, honestly," an elated Spielberg said. ... Philip Seymour Hoffman may have been the front-runner for months in the best actor Oscar race for his amazing transformation in Capote, but it hasn't sunk in just yet. "It's hard to take a step back, but I do have to say, people have called and said 'Do you understand (what this means)?' But it's hard to have objectivity about it," he said. ... "Are you kidding me? I was so surprised!" exclaimed Jake Gyllenhaal about getting his first Oscar nom, for best supporting actor in Brokeback Mountain. ... "I'm still over the moon, and I ain't coming down," said Terrence Howard, who capped off a magical year with a best actor nom for his performance in Hustle & Flow. »

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Dillon Sad for 'Crash' Co-Stars

2 February 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood heart-throb Matt Dillon found his Oscar nomination bittersweet on Tuesday - because he is the only member of the Crash cast to be nominated for a performance in Paul Haggis' acclaimed deconstruction of racial tension in Los Angeles. The actor has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a racist Los Angles cop alongside George Clooney (Syriana), Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain), Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man) and William Hurt (A History Of Violence). Dillon says, "I'm very excited about it, but at the same time, part of me wishes that some more of my fellow cast members could have gotten nominated, too, 'cos there certainly were worthy performances. I wouldn't say overlooked because it's not a competitive sport, but Terrence Howard was certainly worthy. Don Cheadle, Thandie Newton. Ryan Phillippe was terrific. Michael Pena, Sandra Bullock. I really feel that. So I'm proud to represent the cast. But we all did it together. It's the best ensemble I've worked with." Howard is nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Hustle & Flow. »

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Sundance sets award jurors

17 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Sundance Institute has announced the members of the competition juries for the Sundance Film Festival, which runs from Thursday through Jan. 29. The dramatic competition jury includes Terrence Howard, the star of last year's festival hit Hustle & Flow, filmmakers Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl), Alan Rudolph (The Moderns) and Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun), and cinematographer Nancy Schreiber (November). On the documentary competition jury are editor Joe Bini (Grizzly Man) and filmmakers Zana Briski (Born Into Brothels), Andrew Jarecki (Capturing the Friedmans), Alexander Payne (Sideways) and Heather Rae (Trudell). »

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'Brokeback' king of hill with four SAG film noms

6 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The ranch hands of Brokeback Mountain continued to rope in nominations Thursday as the film led contenders for the 12th SAG Awards by lassoing four noms. Lead actor Heath Ledger and supporting players Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams received individual recognition, while the entire cast was nominated for an ensemble award. In selecting the movies whose casts were nominated for best ensemble, SAG generally fell in line with the WGA and Producers Guild, whose year-end choices were announced Wednesday, by favoring smaller pictures over big-budget studio fare. In addition to Focus Features' Brokeback, SAG dealt ensemble nominations to Sony Pictures Classics' release of the United Artists-produced Capote, which focuses on Truman Capote writing his seminal book In Cold Blood; Lionsgate's Crash, an interconnecting drama about race relations in Los Angeles; Warner Independent Pictures' Good Night, and Good Luck, an account of Edward R. Murrow's jousting with Sen. Joseph McCarthy; and Paramount Classics' Hustle & Flow, the tale of a Memphis pimp who aspires to a music career. »

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