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Award shows without speeches?

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That could happen if the writers strike happens in Hollywood this week. The majority of those fashion quips, monologues, jokes and some acceptance speeches are penned by Hollywood writers. If they're on strike during Oscar season — gulp! — these actors may be winging it.

LONDON — The four-legged stars of the Oscar-winning film ‘‘The Queen’’ are the winners of Britain’s first-ever Fido Awards for canine cinematic excellence.

Poppy, Anna, Alice, Oliver and Megan — five corgis who appeared alongside Helen Mirren in the film about Queen Elizabeth II — were named best historical hounds during a ceremony at London’s South Bank arts center Sunday. They beat dogs from the thespian drama ‘‘Moliere’’ and Joy Division biopic ‘‘Control.’’

The corgis also took the ceremony’s top accolade, ‘‘best in world.’’

Mirren won a best-actress Academy Award for playing the British monarch in the movie, set after the 1997 death of Princess Diana. Mirren, who is filming in the United States, sent a message praising her co-stars.

‘‘I know one should avoid acting with animals and children, but these little chaps were a pleasure to work with and deserve all the plaudits for their fine performances,’’ she said.
The queen’s love of corgis is well known. She has owned more than 30 of the breed during her 55-year reign.

The Fidos call themselves the world’s first-ever international awards ceremony for canine screen stars. They were presented in conjunction with the London Film Festival, which runs until Thursday.



NEW YORK — The Golden Globes race was thrown for a loop last year when awards-season candidates ‘‘Letters From Iwo Jima’’ and ‘‘Apocalypto’’ were pushed out of the best picture race and into the foreign-language category. Get ready for an even loopier ride this year, as studios prepare for as many as three best picture Oscar contenders to be excluded from contention for the Globes’ best picture drama list when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announces eligible films next month. ...

63 films qualify for foreign Oscar category

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The animated film ‘‘Persepolis,’’ from France, Denys Arcand’s ‘‘Days of Darkness’’ from Canada, Johnnie To’s ‘‘Exiled’’ from Hong Kong and Cristian Mungiu’s Palm d’Or winner ‘‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days’’ are among the 63 films that have qualified for Oscar consideration in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ foreign language film category.

The record number of 63 entries include first-time submissions from Azerbaijan (Farid Gumbatov’s ‘‘Caucasia’’) and Ireland (Tom Collins’ ‘‘Kings’’).

Nominations for the 80th Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 22, and the Oscars will be handed out Feb. 24.

The Hollywood Reporter


ATLANTA — Despite rapper T.I.’s absence, the show went on at the second-annual BET Hip-Hop Awards — even when he was scheduled to perform.

The self-proclaimed ‘‘King of the South,’’ who was up for nine nominations, won two awards. But he couldn’t accept any trophies or make the planned performance after being arrested by federal authorities early Saturday.

Bias forcing India to withdraw from Oscars?

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MUMBAI, India — India may be forced to withdraw its Oscar entry in the foreign film category because of alleged bias in the selection process.

‘‘Maybe there will be no film from India,’’ Vinod Pandey, chairman of the Film Federation of India, said today. ‘‘Anything is possible. We can reaffirm our choice, send another or maybe India would retire this year.’’

The Bombay High Court has asked the federation to respond to a lawsuit challenging the selection of well-known filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘‘Eklavya: The Royal Guard.’’ ...

American Music Award nominees announced

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LOS ANGELES — Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Linkin Park and Daughtry lead the pack with three nominations each for the 2007 American Music Awards, announced today during a press conference at The Beverly Hills Hotel.

For the first time, AMA winners will be determined by online voting at the AMA site, which also has a complete list of nominees. Votes will be collected from today through Nov. 1. Winners will be announced at the ceremony, broadcast live at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 on ABC, from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

Daughtry, Celine Dion, Fergie and Rihanna have confirmed to perform at the AMA show.

Snoop humbled at Hip-Hop Honors

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NEW YORK — Snoop Dogg is usually quick to brag and boast, but even he felt humbled as he was honored for his rap achievements at VH1’s fourth annual Hip Hop Honors. The gangsta rapper was lauded along with Missy Elliott, the ’80s rap trio Whoudini, A Tribe Called Quest, music executive Andre Harrell and producer Teddy Riley for creating the ‘‘New Jack Swing’’ sound, and Fab Five Freddy and Charlie Ahern for the groundbreaking movie ‘‘Wildstyle.’’ The event airs on VH1 beginning today. ...

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