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Breaking News: Oscars to be held at the Celebs.com Theater in Hollywood?

1, 2012 5:45pm

According to TheWrap, Kodak has asked for approval to withdraw its sponsorship of the Kodak Theater at the Hollywood & Highland complex in Hollywood, home to the Oscars.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences apparently has the right to veto naming rights to the much-televised location, but it will definitely be interesting to see which company out there is willing to pony up the $4 million figure for the right to play a significant part in the biggest day on the entertainment calendar.

The 85th Academy Awards brought to you live from the Celebs.com Theater in Hollywood??? Hmmm, stranger things have happened!

 

Oscar Nominations 2012: The Complete List!

24, 2012 12:00pm

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The Oscar nominations are in for 2012, and just as they did at the Golden Globes, “The Artist,” “Moneyball, “The Descendants” and “The Help” cleaned up. Jessica Chastain and Glenn Close are up for Best Actress awards, while Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Gary Oldman are among the Best Actor nominees.

The 84th Academy Awards will take place on February 26 at 7 p.m. Eastern time on ABC. Check out the full list of nominees below.

BEST PICTURE
War Horse, The Artist, Moneyball, The Descendants, The Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris, The Help, Hugo, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

BEST DIRECTOR
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Alexander Payne (The Descendants), Martin Scorsese (Hugo), Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris), Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs), Octavia Spencer (The Help), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn), Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Nick Nolte (Warrior), Christopher Plummer (Beginners), Max Von Sydow (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)

BEST ACTRESS
Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), Viola Davis (The Help), Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)

BEST ACTOR
Demián Bichir (A Better Life), George Clooney (The Descendants), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius), Bridesmaids (Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig), Margin Call (J.C. Chandor), Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen), A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Descendants (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash), Hugo (John Logan), The Ides of March (George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon), Moneyball (Steve Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, and Stan Chervin), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan)

BEST FOREIGN FILM
Bullhead, Footnote, In Darkness, Monsieur Lazhar, A Separation

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
A Cat in Paris, Chico & Rita, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, Rango

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION
The Artist, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, War Horse

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Artist, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, The Tree of Life, War Horse

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
Anonymous, The Artist, Hugo, Jane Eyre, W.E.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Hell and Back Again, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, Pina, Undefeated

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, God Is the Bigger Elvis, Incident in New Baghdad, Saving Face, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
The Artist (Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius), The Descendants (Kevin Tent), The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall), Hugo (Thelma Schoonmaker), Moneyball (Christopher Tellefsen)

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP
Albert Nobbs (Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng), The Iron Lady (Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Adventures of Tintin (John Williams), The Artist (Ludovic Bource), Hugo (Howard Shore), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Alberto Iglesias), War Horse (John Williams)

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Bret McKenzie; “Real in Rio” from Rio, Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Dimanche/Sunday, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, La Luna, A Morning Stroll, Wild Life

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Pentecost, Raju, The Shore, Time Freak, Tuba Atlantic

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
Drive, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, War Horse

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, Moneyball, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, War Horse

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Hugo, Real Steel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer: Musical Consultants for 2012 Academy Awards

9, 2011 2:00pm

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Hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer will be the musical consultants for the 2012 Academy Awards.

The two bring a diverse yet complementary list of credits: Zimmer’s film scores include “Inception,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series, “The Lion King,” “Gladiator” and “Sherlock Holmes,” while Williams wrote the “Despicable Me” score and has three Grammy Awards under his belt as a producer and artist.

Don Mischer and Brian Grazer, the producers for the 2012 Academy Awards, hope that the awards show’s music will blend Williams’ hip-hop, R&B and pop background with Zimmer’s classical background. “Hans is one of the most accomplished and creative film composers of our time and Pharrell is a phenomenal songwriter with an amazing list of credits,” the duo said in a statement. Grazer and Mischer added that the collaboration will “take the audience on a musical journey.”

What do you think the collaboration between Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer will bring to the 2012 Academy Awards?

Celebs.com Breaking Oscars Update: Brian Grazer In. Brett Ratner Out. Eddie Murphy Out.

9, 2011 3:20pm

At a Q&A at which Brett Ratner was asked whether he believes in rehearsals on his film projects, the director made the off-the-cuff remark that rehearsals are “for fags.”

Though an apology was issued quickly, and there does not seem to have been any malicious intent behind his use of the word, he was clearly insensitive, reckless and thoughtless with regard to its use. For the record, Ratner has pledged to work with GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) to address the use of gay jokes and slurs commonly used in television and film.

As a result of his words, however, it has just been confirmed that Ratner will step aside from producing this year’s Academy Awards. Whether Eddy Murphy, the host Ratner hired, will remain on board with the production, is undetermined at this stage.

Ratner’s latest movie, “Tower Heist,” finished runner-up to “Puss in Boots” over the weekend, with a three-day haul of $24m on a reported budget of $75m.

WEDNESDAY UPDATE 3:15 p.m.: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard’s producing partner at Imagine Entertainment, is now confirmed as the producer of the 2012 Academy Awards.

WEDNESDAY UPDATE 11:00 a.m.:In the wake of Brett Ratner’s resignation from producing the Oscars, Eddie Murphy’s exit as out as host of the 2012 Academy Awards is now also confirmed.

Robin Williams Gives Eddie Murphy Oscar Hosting Advice

8, 2011 4:00pm

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Robin Williams recently gave Eddie Murphy some sound Oscar advice to help the “Norbit” funnyman prepare for his hosting gig at the upcoming 84th Academy Awards: play as many characters as possible.

Marc Malkin of E! interviewed Williams during the press events for “Happy Feet Two,” and the comedian had this advice to share:

“I say, ‘Eddie, be as many characters as you can be,’” said Williams. “Anytime he does somebody else, he kills it. If he does anything as funny as the ‘Nutty Professor’ in one of those opening videos and if they let him become other people, he will destroy. He’s so good, man. He’s brilliant… It’s getting that first laugh. Billy [Crystal] said it, ‘Once you get the first laugh, you smell blood and it’s off and running.’”

Robin Williams knows what it’s like to cohost the Oscars: he did so in 1986 alongside Jane Fonda and Alan Alda. That year, “Out of Africa” won the Best Picture award.