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Oscars flashback: Vanessa Redgrave’s controversial win for ‘Julia’ was 40 years ago

Oscars flashback: Vanessa Redgrave’s controversial win for ‘Julia’ was 40 years ago
The Oscar ceremonies have had their share of controversial moments over the years, from Marlon Brando sending a Native American surrogate to refuse his Best Actor Oscar for “The Godfather” to Michael Moore being booed off the stage when he tried to get political while accepting the Best Documentary trophy for “Bowling for Columbine.” No controversy was as big and dramatic though as the Best Supporting Actress category at the 1978 Oscar ceremony, which was awarded to Vanessa Redgrave for “Julia” (1977). On this the 40th anniversary of her win Gold Derby takes a look back at an incredibly memorable Oscar night.

Vanessa Redgrave was a popular and frequent nominee with academy members in her early years in film. She received three Best Actress nominations in quick succession for “Morgan” (1966), “Isadora” (1968) and “Mary, Queen of Scotts” (1971). For 1977 she received her first Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in “Julia.” That film
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Ben Vereen and More Join 'Concert For America' Lineup in L.A.; Cast Complete!

Complete casting has been announced for the May Concert For America Stand Up, Sing Out. Ben Vereen Roots, Juan Pablo Espinosa La Fan, Mary Birdsong Reno 911, Stacey Oristano Friday Night Lights, Anthony Federov American Idol, Quinn Cummings The Goodbye Girl and Mary Bond Davis Hairspray join the previously announced Chita Rivera The Visit, Rachel Bloom Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Wayne Brady Whose Line Is It Anyway, recording artist Helen Reddy, Megan Hilty Smash, Barrett Foa NCIS Los Angeles, Marissa Jaret Winokur Hairspray Live and more.
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It Came From The Tube: The Babysitter (1980)

So far in this column, the default setting for TV horror has been the supernatural; usually ghosts (vengeful division), and a cult or two (whether it be Satan or crops). However, I would be remiss if I didn’t tend to any unusual domestic activities on a more human scale. This brings us to The Babysitter (1980), Peter Medak’s chilling tale of live-in help with some serious boundary issues. She doesn’t do windows, but she will do away with you and your family.

Originally airing on Friday, November 28th, 1980 as part of the ABC Friday Night Movie, The Babysitter as well as NBC’s Friday Night at the Movies would get trounced by CBS’ top rated shows The Dukes of Hazzard and Dallas, but those were number two and one in the land, so nobody was breaking through that block, not even the nanny from Hell.

Let’s see
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Smackdown '77: Melinda, Leslie, Tuesday, Quinn, and Vanessa Redgrave

Presenting the Supporting Actress Nominees of '77. A mother with extraterrestrial problems, a highly neurotic swinger, a wealthy political activist, a precocious daughter, and a timid ballerina.

The Nominees 

John Travolta opening the envelope

If the characters weren't quite typical this time, the shortlist formation was a familiar mix of career glories. Consider the slotting: Oh look, there's the child actor slot that the Supporting Actress category is famous for going to Quinn Cummings; Tuesday Weld wins the underappreciated enduring talent nod; No typical shortlist is complete without a newish critical darling with momentum which in 1977 was Melinda Dillon (she had created the "Honey" role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf  on stage but didn't get to do the movie and was finally making film inroads via her role in the previous year's Best Picture nominee Bound for Glory ); Finally, you have to have a current Oscar darling with considerable
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Five Days 'til the Smackdown

The Supporting Actress Smackdown Of 1977 is coming. You already met two of our panelists. And here are the other three (including me). 

Meet The Panelists 

Panelist: Sara Black McCulloch

Bio: Sara Black McCulloch is a Toronto-based researcher, translator and writer. She has written for i-d, cleo Journal, Adult, The Hairpin, Gawker, Bitch Magazine and The National Post. You can read more of her work here. 

Question: What does 1977 mean to you? 

1977 seemed to be steeped in so much disillusionment. I think that, like the years that signal the end of a decade but don't quite bookend it, it was...fraught. The year was packed with events that pointed to change and fueled uncertainty. It was the year the U.S. signed the nuclear-proliferation pact and the same year that the U.S. government voted against covering elective abortions through Medicaid. The Apple II computer hit the market and Jimmy Carter
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Melissa Gilbert Talks Running for Congress in Michigan – with a Little Help from Her Famous Friends

Melissa Gilbert Talks Running for Congress in Michigan – with a Little Help from Her Famous Friends
With donations from famous friends like Jennifer Garner, Alec Baldwin and Michael Douglas, Melissa Gilbert's campaign for Congress in Michigan's 8th district is off to a well-financed start.

That said, the 51-year-old actress, who rose to fame for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder in the 1970s hit TV series Little House on the Prairie, is facing a tough battle in the swingy, gerrymandered district that encompasses the roughly 100 miles of farmland between the state capital of Lansing and the upscale suburbs of Detroit. The district hasn't sent a Democrat to the U.S. House since the 1990s.

The actress, who
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Melissa Gilbert Talks Running for Congress in Michigan - with a Little Help from Her Famous Friends

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Melissa Gilbert Talks Running for Congress in Michigan - with a Little Help from Her Famous Friends
With donations from famous friends like Jennifer Garner, Alec Baldwin and Michael Douglas, Melissa Gilbert's campaign for Congress in Michigan's 8th district is off to a well-financed start. That said, the 51-year-old actress, who rose to fame for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder in the 1970s hit TV series Little House on the Prairie, is facing a tough battle in the swingy, gerrymandered district that encompasses the roughly 100 miles of farmland between the state capital of Lansing and the upscale suburbs of Detroit. The district hasn't sent a Democrat to the U.S. House since the 1990s. The actress, who
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Melissa Gilbert Talks Running for Congress in Michigan - with a Little Help from Her Famous Friends

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Melissa Gilbert Talks Running for Congress in Michigan - with a Little Help from Her Famous Friends
With donations from famous friends like Jennifer Garner, Alec Baldwin and Michael Douglas, Melissa Gilbert's campaign for Congress in Michigan's 8th district is off to a well-financed start. That said, the 51-year-old actress, who rose to fame for playing Laura Ingalls Wilder in the 1970s hit TV series Little House on the Prairie, is facing a tough battle in the swingy, gerrymandered district that encompasses the roughly 100 miles of farmland between the state capital of Lansing and the upscale suburbs of Detroit. The district hasn't sent a Democrat to the U.S. House since the 1990s. The actress, who
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From Kubrick to Marilyn Monroe, Oscar Has a Stellar List of Shut-Outs

From Kubrick to Marilyn Monroe, Oscar Has a Stellar List of Shut-Outs
There are 195 individuals nominated for Oscar this year. And when the winners are named Feb. 22, they will become part of film history, joining such greats as Billy Wilder, Ingrid Bergman, Ben Hecht and Walt Disney.

But 80% of the contenders will go home empty-handed. However, there is good news: They are in good company as well.

Here is a sampling of nominees that didn’t win: “Citizen Kane,” “Chinatown” and “Star Wars”; directors Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Stanley Kubrick and Ingmar Bergman; writers Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Dashiell Hammett, John Steinbeck, Graham Greene, Harold Pinter and David Mamet; actors Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Blvd.”; Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; and Peter O’Toole in “Lawrence of Arabia.”

They managed to do Ok, though.

It’s hard to say why they didn’t win. Sometimes tastes change. Sometimes there’s too much competition in one year. Frank Capra’s 1939 “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
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Review: Philippe Garrel's 'Jealousy' Starring Louis Garrel and Anna Mouglalis

With its black-and-white cinematography and casting of his son as the lead, Philippe Garrel’s “Jealousy” (“La Jealousie”) feels remarkably personal and intimate. But that’s as it should be, given that Philippe Garrel based the script on his own father’s relationships. Louis Garrel stars as Louis, a man who leaves his wife (Rebecca Covenant) and young daughter Charlotte (Olga Milshtein) in the film’s first few minutes. He moves in with girlfriend Claudia (Anna Mouglalis) to a small apartment, where unhappiness soon begins to brew. He and Claudia are each tempted by others outside their relationship, while his ex-wife Clothilde grows more jealous of Claudia, not only for her relationship with her ex, but also with her own daughter. Charlotte is one of the film’s few empathetic characters, reminding us a little of the French, contemporary equivalent of the fantastic Quinn Cummings in “The Goodbye Girl” in her precociousness and self possession.
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Oscars: The Seven Youngest Academy Award Nominees Ever

Oscars: The Seven Youngest Academy Award Nominees Ever
By Beckett Mufson

If Quvenzhané Wallis wins at this year's Oscars, she will be the youngest Academy Award winner ever, aside from Shirley Temple, who won a non-competitive award in 1935. If Wallis doesn't win, she will still be among the elite dramatic forces of small children who are good at pretending to be other small children, which is a respectable accomplishment. Each of these starlets earned a permanent place in the day care of cinema history, and are the standard that child actors everywhere are measured against.

Here they are the best of the youngest and the youngest of the best the Academy has ever seen.

Justin Henry, 8 years-old, for "Kramer vs. Kramer"

Justin Henry is the leader of this prestigious bunch because of his Best Supporting Actor nod for playing Billy Kramer in "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979). His childlike honesty and earnestness are the heart and soul of the film,
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Celebrity Birthdays: Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lawrence & Andy Sandberg Celebrate Birthdays This Week

Celebrity Birthdays: Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lawrence & Andy Sandberg Celebrate Birthdays This Week
Aug. 12: Actor George Hamilton is 73. Actress Jennifer Warren is 71. Singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is 63. Singer Kid Creole is 62. Actor Sam J. Jones ("Flash Gordon") is 58. Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny is 58. Actor Bruce Greenwood ("Thirteen Days") is 56. Country singer Danny Shirley (Confederate Railroad) is 56. Guitarist Roy Hay of Culture Club is 51. Rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot is 49. Actor Peter Krause is 47. Actor Michael Ian Black ("Ed") is 41. Actress Rebecca Gayheart is 41. Actor Casey Affleck is 37. Actress Maggie Lawson ("Psych") is 32. Actress Imani Hakim ("Everybody Hates Chris") is 19.

Aug. 13: Actor Pat Harrington is 83. Actor Kevin Tighe is 68. Actress Gretchen Corbett ("The Rockford Files") is 65. Actor Danny Bonaduce is 53. Actress Dawnn Lewis ("A Different World," "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper") is 51. Actor John Slattery is 50. Actress Debi Mazar is 48. Actress Quinn Cummings ("Family") is 45. Country singer Andy Griggs is 39. Drummer Mike Melancon of Emerson Drive is 34. Actress Kathryn Fiore ("Reno 911!") is 33. Singer James Morrison is 28.

Aug.
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'The Essentials' Drew Barrymore takes on 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?'

For someone with the last name Barrymore, there's no better television home than Turner Classic Movies.

Legendary actors John, Lionel and Ethel often turn up on the channel in such ... well, classic movies as "Dinner at Eight" and "Grand Hotel." Their most famous descendant now has a place there, too: Drew Barrymore is TCM staple Robert Osborne's current co-host on the weekly Saturday series "The Essentials," commenting on the given evening's attraction before and after the film.

The teaming of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in the 1962 thriller "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" is the July 28 feature. The friendly Barrymore explains to Zap2it that watching movies "is what I like to do anyway in life, so to do it in a forum where I get to talk about films that I love -- with someone I admire -- on a channel that's literally on in my house 24/7, it was just like,
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Oscar to Obscurity: Which Winners and Nominees Stumbled After Statue

Oscar to Obscurity: Which Winners and Nominees Stumbled After Statue
This story first appeared in the March 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. You would think an Oscar win, or even a nomination, is an instant game-changer, and often it is. But thanks to language barriers, unwise career choices or just plain bum luck, some find their Oscar moment all too brief. "The entertainment industry is like a bad boyfriend who knows the minute you love it more than it loves you and starts to treat you badly," says Quinn Cummings, now 44, whose acting career faltered after her 1977 nomination for best supporting actress in The

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Oscar's Littlest Stars

Could you imagine winning an Oscar at age 6?! These kid stars may have been too small to reach the podium, but all were recognized by the Academy. Check it out!

Academy-Award Stars under 18Keisha Castle-Hughes

Keisha Castle-Hughes was 13 when she was nominated for Best Actress for her role in "Whale Rider" (2003). She is the youngest actress to receive a best-actress nomination.

Abigail Breslin

Abigail Breslin was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006). She was only 10 at the time.

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Atonement" (2008). She was 13.

Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "The Sixth Sense" (1999). He was 11.

Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin was only 11 when she won Best Supporting Actress for her role in the critically acclaimed movie, "The Piano" (1993).

Justin Henry

Justin Henry was
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The 25 Youngest Oscar Nominees of All Time

When does a child actor stop being merely precocious and enter the pantheon of acting gods? You know the gods of which we speak; they look down from their mighty pedestals as we shower them with tributes year after year… The Oscar Nominees.

Well, in order to walk through that threshold into Hollywood’s elite circle, these young folks have to have chops, serious chops. Or be really, really cute. Either way, it takes sacrifice, hard work and possibly some crazy-ass stage parents.

In honor of this year’s youthful nominees Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“Winter’s Bone”), and for your continued cinematified education, we present the youngest ever Academy Award nominees and winners from throughout the history of the awards.

Justin Henry, ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ (1979)

Age: 8

Nomination: Best Supporting Actor (Youngest Nominee)

A troubled family is at the center of 1979′s “Kramer Vs. Kramer,” where Henry
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Steinfeld Wouldn’T Be First To Be Nominated–Or Win–For Film Debut

It now appears to be more likely than not that Hailee Steinfeld, the 14-year-old actress who makes her big screen debut in the Coen brothers’ critically and commercially successful Western “True Grit,” will score an Oscar nomination — and perhaps even a win — in one category or another for her film-stealing performance. Consequently, some of you may be wondering if any other newcomer has ever earned that kind of recongition over the 82 year history of the Academy Awards. The answer is yes — in fact, it has happened precisely 47 times, 16 in lead and 31 in supporting.

Some of those women were famous before they received their nods (i.e. Jennifer Hudson and Barbra Streisand); most were not (i.e. Mary Badham and Gabby Sidibe). Some never made another movie after they received their nods (i.e. Jocelyne Lagarde); some made a few and then dropped off the face of the earth (i.e.
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Oscar's Littlest Stars

Could you imagine winning an Oscar at age 6?! These kid stars may have been too small to reach the podium, but all were recognized by the Academy. Check it out!

Academy-Award Stars under 18Keisha Castle-Hughes

Keisha Castle-Hughes was 13 when she was nominated for Best Actress for her role in "Whale Rider" (2003). She is the youngest actress to receive a best-actress nomination.

Abigail Breslin

Abigail Breslin was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006). She was only 10 at the time.

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Atonement" (2008). She was 13.

Haley Joel Osment

Haley Joel Osment was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "The Sixth Sense" (1999). He was 11.

Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin was only 11 when she won Best Supporting Actress for her role in the critically acclaimed movie, "The Piano" (1993).

Justin Henry

Justin Henry was
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