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James Franco and Anne Hathaway: New Academy Awards Hosts

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Anne Hathaway and James Franco

For the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be going about as far away as Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin as you can get.

It’s been announced that Anne Hathaway and James Franco – two other Saturday Night Live hosting vets – have been asked to front the live event. This would be the second year in a row a pair of actors shared hosting duties.

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Cinema Scene: AMPAS Invite for Sandler, Animated Movie for Trolls

Adam Sandler-What do Adam Sandler, Mo’Nique and James Gandolfini have in common? They all recently received invites from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

-Avatar may not have cleaned up at those Oscars, but it did win more than its share of Saturn Awards. The movie nabbed 10 prizes this week including Best Science Fiction Film.

-Should we be blaming or thanking The Smurfs for this? The Troll dolls, recently seen in Toy Story 3, will soon be the subject of their own DreamWorks Animation film.

-Looking forward to the Entourage premiere? If so, you should be happy to know executive producer Mark Wahlberg is still planning a big screen version of the HBO program.

-The only piece of robot memorabilia remaining from 1984’s Terminator is going up for auction. The “T-800 Terminator” metal arm is expected to fetch over $15,000.

Anne Hathaway to Announce Oscar Nominations

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Anne Hathaway will be up early next week to announce this year’s Oscar nominations.

The Devil Wears Prada star - who was nominated for her role in last year - will join Academy President Tom Sherak for the official presentation.

Sherak and Hathaway will reveal the nominations in 10 of the 24 categories at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ press conference.

The event will take place Tuesday, February 2, from Beverly Hills.

Lauren Bacall: Hollywood’s Glamour Girl Awarded Special Oscar

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Awards, Celeb News,

She starred opposite Marilyn Monroe, Lionel Barrymore, Gary Cooper, Paul Newman, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and Bogie…to name just a few. She was considered a quintessential glamour girl, she of smoky voice and killing one-liners. As the wife of Humphrey Bogart, she would have been Hollywood royalty anyway, but became a movie queen in her own right as early as 1945.

And she’s still working. Bacall recently appeared in Eve, has already wrapped on Wide Blue Yonder (it’s in post-production) and is currently working on Carmel (scheduled for a 2010 release). Appearing in more than fifty films, Lauren Bacall was nominated for an Academy Award only once in her career. This nod was given for her role in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), though she lost to Juliette Binoche (Best Supporting Actress, The English Patient).

Now, she’s getting another long-awaited nod from the . Bacall will be awarded with an honorary Oscar to commemorate her four-decade Hollywood career, specifically for her “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

Well, Bacall probably qualifies for all of that.

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Film Academy Pays Tribute to 1939

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided to pay homage to one of the greatest years for movies by honoring ten legendary films from 1939. The Goldwyn Theater will offer up one of these treats every single week.

The tribute starts with what I believe to be the greatest of all stories told in book or cinema, . This Oscar-sweeping hit won most all the big awards in ‘39 and features the amazing pairing up Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. Gable’s famous exit line remains the greatest in film history, as named by the American Film Institute. Scarlett O’Hara’s last spoken line - “tomorrow is another day” - is ranked twelfth by the AFI.

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Academy Makes Changes to Best Song Category

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Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson at 2007 Academy Awards

If you’ve ever felt yourself wondering, “How many songs could Beyonce possibly sing during this awards show?” - this news is for you.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made a change that will go into effect before next year’s ceremony. From this point forward, no one movie will be able to dominate the Academy Awards’ Best Song category. While producers can submit as many tunes as they like, only two songs per film will be allowed for nomination.

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Presidential Inauguration to Delay Oscar Noms

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Listen up, you entertainment junkies. Once again, the real world has encroached upon our precious escapist media.

The Hollywood Reporter is (aptly) reporting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will shirk tradition next year and announce its nominations a full two days later than usual. Since 2004, when the Oscars were moved from March to February, the nominations have been revealed on a Tuesday in the middle of January. However, the planned date conflicts with the upcoming Presidential Inauguration and has been rescheduled.

I personally applaud the Academy for having the foresight to avoid such a conflict of attention—some would likely have trouble deciding which to watch live and which to read in the following day’s paper. One can only imagine, though, a future in which a newly sworn-in president, filled with pride and hope for the future, would turn to his or her constituents and say: “And now, the nominees for best actor.”

Come on, think of the ratings!

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Memorable Moments from the Unmemorable Academy Awards

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Jon Stewart, Academy Awards

Last night’s Best Actor categories were as predictable as the Best Actress races were surprising.  Yesterday’s ceremony was also as disappointing as it was routine.

For months now, we’d been hearing about several plans being orchestrated for the .  If the writers’ strike was still in effect, the producers swore the telecast would continue with packages that celebrated Oscar’s 80-year history.  Interestingly enough, even with the scribes back at work, the show was still horribly written and crammed with unnecessary fillers.  (Even I could have penned ‘the always Fantastic…Jessica Alba’.)

As it was, the winners appeared to have been given less time last night to accept their awards than ever.  (Which may or may not have been a good thing.)  But did really need to rush his lovely speech to his mother?  Did the organizers have to reshow the previous awards presentations?  Did the AMPAS President really need to waste time explaining how the selection process is done??

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Oscar Nominees Talk Strike

Academy Award statuetteThe Academy Award nominations have been announced, is determined the show will go on in February, and everything seems to be moving toward the big night (the ceremony). But…is it, really? The is in talks with the producers, and all parties seem to be hopeful this whole strike might end. According to some nominees, that’s the only way they’ll even attend the event.

, nominated in the Best Director category, told the Associated Press he “would never cross a picket line ever.”  , who received the Best Actor nod, likewise said that if the strike continues he’ll not be on the red carpet. Others, like producer , said they doubt there will even be an Oscars event if the strike isn’t solved beforehand.

The Academy, however, is sticking to its guns; President Sid Ganis said they will put on the show. That settles that.

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