News: February 2008 Archives

Ouch! Oscars ratings may be lowest ever

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The Oscars are a ratings dud. Nielsen Media Research says preliminary ratings for the 80th annual Academy Awards telecast are 14 percent lower than the least-watched ceremony ever.

O brothers! Coens take top Oscars honors

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A year after the Oscars finally honored Martin Scorsese as best director, the academy took care of business in speedier fashion by feting the widely admired Coen brothers.

Though Joel and Ethan Coen’s many die-hard fans might say their win was nevertheless belated — it coming 24 years after their first film — their Texas crime film ‘‘No Country for Old Men’’ has generally been viewed as a culmination of craft for the brothers.

Here's a look at their win as directors:


The complete winners list

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Complete list of winners at the 80th annual Academy Awards, presented Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles:

After weeks of announcements about who would be performing and presenting at the Grammys, now they begin for the Oscars!

And it's only fitting the duo that got shafted at the Grammys is the first performer announced this week for the Oscars: Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the duo from the film "Once."

Grammys ratings hit a sour note

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Amy Winehouse, Herbie Hancock and Kanye West didn’t provide quite enough drama to enthrall television viewers. Preliminary estimates indicate the Grammy Awards telecast was watched by 17.5 million people.

Nielsen Media Research said today that would make it the third least-watched Grammy Awards ever if later estimates confirm those numbers.

The 50th anniversary Grammy Awards actually started in the middle of the day today, with 100 awards handed out in the pre-telecast portion of the event.

Kanye West, who leads the field with eight nominations, took home three during the pre-telecast, including best rap solo performance for "Stronger," best rap performance for "Southside," by Common featuring West and best rap/sung collaboration for "Good Life" by West and featuring T-Pain.

LONDON — Amy Winehouse’s visa to the United States has been granted, but the troubled singer won’t be traveling to the Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles to perform in person, her representatives said today.

Even more Grammys performers and presenters

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And yet more performers were announced today for this Sunday's Grammys: Tina Turner will join Beyonce for a special performance, plus jazz pianist Eldar (this guy's really something!), rap-rocker Kid Rock, jazz saxophonist Dave Koz and jazz/pop singer Keely Smith.

Still more Grammy performers, presenters

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More performances announced today for Sunday's Grammys telecast: a duet of Fergie and John Legend; Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban to perform together for the first time; John Fogerty with Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard in a special "Cornerstones of Rock" segment; and nominees Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang in a special classical/jazz segment (conducted by famed maestro John Mauceri).

More presenters announced, too: R&B singer Chris Brown, Disney Channel star Miley Cyrus, actress and R&B singer Solange Knowles, comedian George Lopez, Lyle Lovett and Ludacris.