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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended their 2012 membership invitations today to 176 lucky actors, directors, cinematographers, and other members of the filmmaking industry.
For actors, Melissa McCarthy’s invitation continues her incredible post-Bridesmaids rise. In addition, actors Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Andy Serkis, Jessica Chastain, and Octavia Spencer were all invited to be members, among others.
Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003, according to the Academy’s website. »
- Erin Strecker
HollywoodNews.com: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 176 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2012 to the Academy’s roster of members.
“These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “I’m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member.”
Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.
The 2012 invitees are:
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- Josh Abraham
The Artist tops off its triumphant run throughout this awards season with a big night at the Oscars. And the winners are... in bold:
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The 84th annual Academy Awards took place last night at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, with Billy Crystal presiding over a ceremony that saw The Artist and Hugo walk away with five statuettes apiece. However, while Hugo dominated the technical categories - collecting the Oscars for Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects, the night belonged to Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, which rounded out a fine run of awards success by taking home Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Actor (Jean Durjardin), Best Director (Hazanavicius) and the coveted Best Picture - making it only the second silent feature to do so, and the first since Wings received the accolade at the inaugural Academy Awards back in 1929.
If, for some crazy reason, you weren't glued to your TV last night watching the Oscars, here's a quick rundown of what you missed: not much. As expected, The Artist ended up winning most of the major awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, although Hugo managed to snag a lot of the technical awards. In the end, they finished in a tie with 5 wins a piece. The only real surprise of the night was Meryl Streep's Best Actress win over Viola Davis for her performance in The Iron Lady. Other than that, it was somewhat a yawn-inducing show, with Billy Crystal doing a serviceable but unremarkable job as host. I think the clear highlight of the night came on the red carpet where Sacha Baron Cohen "accidentally" spilled Kim Jong-Il's ashes on Ryan Seacrest. Were you happy with this year's Academy Award winners? What did you think of the show overall? »
By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist” lost a number of key technical categories to Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” but still prevailed in the top Oscar slot on Sunday night, claiming trophies for Best Picture, Director, and Actor (for Jean Dujardin).
It was a great night for Harvey Weinstein, who helped power Meryl Streep to an unexpected win over perceived frontrunner Viola Davis on the Best Actress race. Octavia Spencer (“The Help”) and Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”) rounded out last night’s acting categories.
I went 19 out of 24 in my picks, believing the Academy would spread a lot of its technical love around to films not named “Hugo.” All is all, a successful Oscar season. Here are the winners from the 84th Annual Academy Awards (bolded below):
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- Sean O'Connell
Crowded House said it best in the lyrics “Hey now, hey now, don’t dream its over.” Yes, the awards season officialy came to an end tonight at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, CA. Tears, jubilation, substance and style were all memorable moments at the 84th Academy Awards hosted by Billy Crystal. With Sacha Baron Cohen’s shenanigans earlier on the red carpet and no huge upsets, Cirque du Soleil’s performance was the highlight of the evening.
The Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year went to “The Artist” produced by Thomas Langmann and Michel Hazanavicius won for Achievement in Directing. The movie becomes the first silent film to take the gold since the original Oscar ceremony 83 years ago when Wings won.
- Michelle McCue
So, that’s it folks… another, another awards season, and another thoroughly predictable Academy Awards ceremony. At least this year most of the major awards went to a well-deserving film, namely The Artist. Other notable wins include Scorcesse’s Hugo cleaning up the visual gongs, and the Harry Potter coming away with absolutely flip all, despite years of solid blockbuster cinema. Despite all this, the biggest news seems to be Sacha Baron Cohen’s appearance as The Dictator, and pulling a stunt that had him marched off the red carpet quicker than you can say ‘The Academy hasn’t got a sense of humour’. Check out details of the jape here.
Below is the complete list of winners and nominations.
Winner – The Artist
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- Tom Fordy
Very few surprises at last night’s Academy Awards ceremony where The Artist clean sweeped the major awards, taking Best Picture, Best Director for Michael Hazanavicius and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin.
The black and white silent film masterpiece also took Best Original Score and Best Costume to win five awards in total.
As we suspected she might the moment the film was announced 18 months ago, Meryl Streep won her third Oscar for her portrayal of former British prime minister Maggie Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Completely dominant at the Oscars, this was Streep’s 17th nomination but her first win in almost twenty years.
- Matt Holmes
2012 Oscars: Photos from the Show (111 images so far) | Live Blog | Oscar History The season has finally come to an end. The 2012 Oscars have come to a close and things went pretty much as expected with a few hitches in the technical awards and what some may look at as a surprise win for Meryl Streep for Best Actress over Viola Davis, but even if you had Davis there (as I did) you most likely had Streep as your number two so you weren't exactly blown away. Getting the expected out of the way, The Artist took home a total of five Oscars including Best Picture, Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Actor (Jean Dujardin), Original Score (Ludovic Bource) and Costumes (Mark Bridges), the latter of which is really the only "surprise" win. I had The Artist winning five Oscars but instead of Costumes, I expected that fifth Oscar to come for Film Editing, »
- Brad Brevet
Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, The Artist Best picture * The Artist (The Weinstein Company) A La Petite Reine/Studio 37/La Classe Américaine/Jd Prod/France3 Cinéma/Jouror Productions/uFilm Production, Thomas Langmann, Producer The Descendants (Fox Searchlight) An Ad Hominem Enterprises Production, Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Warner Bros.) A Warner Bros. Pictures Production, Scott Rudin, Producer The Help (Touchstone) A DreamWorks Pictures Production, Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers Hugo (Paramount) A Paramount Pictures and Gk Films Production, Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers Midnight in Paris (Sony Pictures Classics) A Pontchartrain Production, Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers Moneyball (Sony Pictures Releasing) A Columbia Pictures Production, Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers The Tree of Life (Fox Searchlight) A River Road Entertainment Production, Nominees to be determined War Horse (Touchstone) A DreamWorks Pictures Production, Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, »
- Steve Montgomery
Movies about movies were all the rage Sunday night at the 84th Academy Awards. The Artist, the French-made black-and-white homage to silent cinema, was the big winner with a total of five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Directing (by Michel Hazanavicius). The film’s charming star, Jean Dujardin, won Best Actor, while Meryl Streep accepted her first Oscar in 29 years — and her third overall — for playing former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
- John Young
The 84th Annual Academy Awards winners are here. Take a look below to see who took home the Oscars.
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"Hugo" took home the most awards with five, but it didn't earn any of the big awards. "The Artist" took home Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, while Best Actress (in a bit of a surprise, considering Viola Davis' previous wins) went to Meryl Streep, and the Supporting awards went to Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer, both of which have won all awards season.
The full list of movies:
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Brad Pitt, »
The Harvey Weinstein-backed sports documentary has won the award for best documentary at this year's Academy Awards
Oscars 2012 coverage continues on our live blog
Undefeated has won the Oscar for best documentary feature at the Academy Award ceremony currently taking place at the in Hollywood. The film, directed by Daniel Lindsay and Tj Martin about a high school American football team in Memphis on a hot streak was an unexpected winner, defeating Wim Wenders' dance film Pina and the war documentary Hell and Back Again.
Undefeated came out top in a lineup that also included Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's film about the West Memphis Three, Paradise Lost 3 : Purgatory and If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front directed by Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman.
On the Oscars podium the directors thanked,, among others, legendary producer Harvey Weinstein, who has reportedly struck a »
The 84th Annual Academy Awards became a rightful homage to French cinema! "The Artist," distributed by The Weinstein company but the creative team is composed mostly of French folks, took home the big prize, the Best Picture award! "The Artist" won a total of 5 Oscars including Jean Dujardin for Best Actor, Michel Hazanavicius for Best Director, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score.
But "Hugo" also won 5 Oscars, mostly technical and artistic merits, such as Best Art Direction, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects.
"Hugo," of course, was itself an homage to George Melies, the French illusionist who gave us the trippy "A Trip to the Moon."
The silent film "The Artist" was the big winner at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, picking up the night's top prize along with Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Director (Michel Hazanavicius), Score and Costumes.
Meryl Streep won Best Actress, her third career Oscar, for her turn in "The Iron Lady," while Octavia Spencer won Supporting Actress for "The Help." Christopher Plummer took the award for Best Supporting Actor.
In just a few moments the 2012 Oscars will be underway on ABC and we’ve got your up-to-date winners list. I’ve already set my predictions last week (which can be seen here), so follow along below and on Twitter (@TheFilmStage). Billy Crystal is hosting the ceremonies, which recognizes Martin Scorsese‘s Hugo with the most nominations at 11. But will awards darling The Artist, close behind with 10 nods, make a sweep? Stay tuned below with winners bolded in red and the latest at the top.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
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Right! It’s another caffeine fuelled night ahead of us as we prepare to liveblog the 84th Academy Awards.
The Artist is the favourite to scoop up the awards tonight, which would round off a grand few days for Michel Hazanavicius and his silent film which run rampant through the Cesars and Independent Spirit awards but we may see Martin Scorsese’s Hugo do well with Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Meryl Streep and Viola Davis front runners for the acting awards.
Whether you agree with the relevance and importance of the Oscars it is the one night of the year when a huge amount of people are talking and celebrating movies, and that can only be a good thing. Debate will begin with the first award and continue with every golden envelope opened.
So, join us below, or on Twitter at @HeyUGuys for our take on film’s biggest night. »
- Jon Lyus
Chicago – Welcome to the HollywoodChicago.com coverage of the 84th annual Academy Awards. This awards telecast honors the best in film for 2011 and will be hosted by Billy Crystal at 7:30 p.m. Cst tonight on ABC.
Below you will find a list of all the nominees for each category. As winners are announced, the list will be updated with winners appearing with an Academy Awards icon next to them.
The 84th Academy Awards
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