Oscars: December 2006 Archives

So, what, a purple vest a tails is inappropriate?

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An amusing New Year's Eve diversion: Etiquette columnist MIss Manners chastizes the Oscars for obliterating time-honored rules for formal wear. For her, it's a black-and-white issue ...

New Year's Eve awards-show recap on TV Guide!

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This is what we live for here at The Gold Rush. On New Year's Eve, the TV Guide channel will be airing a 15-hour marathon of all the awards shows from 2006. It's Joan and Melissa Rivers' "Red Carpet Rewind Marathon," starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. What better way to get revved up for the upcoming season than to relive the shock and awe of "Crash"?!

Hindsight on Oscar's best actresses

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Edward Copeland on Film has launched another of his annual Oscar surveys. Last year, it was which were the best and worst winners of the Best Picture Oscar. This year, it's who did and didn't deserve her Best Actress award. ’Cause, really — Julia Roberts? Cher?

Chicago homegirls Oprah, Fey get award-show props

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Only because this is a Chicago-based blog: Check out this odd little news item about our homegirl Oprah. Apparently, even though she's a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and thus an Oscar voter, she is being allowed to voice her editorial support for certain movies on her show — despite Academy rules forbidding voters to do just that.

Also, from the same site, more Chicago homegirl news: Tina Fey will host the 59th annual Writers Guild of America Awards on Feb. 11.

We have our first Best Picture prediction!

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If you believe the stats, the Dallas/Ft. Worth film critics are the best at forecasting each year's Best Picture winner. (OK, they missed "Crash" last year, but who didn't — except the Sun-Times' Roger Ebert ...?) In this article, you might be surprised by their pick this year: "United 93."

Oscar attack ads?!

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What if movie studios took a page from political campaigns and went negative in their pre-Oscars advertising? For your consideration, The Envelope looks at how probable such a turn of events might be: "The two worlds are eerily similar. When it comes to winning an Oscar or an election, shrinking violets need not apply."

Oscars telecast director announced

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Producers have announced that director Louis J. Horvitz will return to direct the 79th annual Academy Awards telecast. He's an old pro: This will be Horvitz's 11th time directing the Academy Awards show. In August, he won an Emmy for directing last year's broadcast. He has received a total of eight Emmy nominations and four Emmy Awards for his Oscar telecast work.

In this intriguing consideration of the Oscars race, L.A. Times writer Greg Braxton looks at the fairly recent colorization of films and roles in Hollywood. He writes: "Almost a year after the racially tinged "Crash" scored a best-picture upset at the Academy Awards, deep explorations of nonwhite cultures have dominated the silver screen as have ethnic performers who have delivered penetrating, emotional portrayals."

And the post-Oscars timeslot goes to ...

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Mediaweek reports that ABC is turning over its post-Oscars broadcast (not the PRE-Oscars telecast, as many online outlets are erroneously reporting) to a live special by its talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. Last year, Kimmel's after-Oscars special drew 4 million viewers.

Why we're so in love with Oscar

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Why are we here, devouring all this Oscars hype on The Gold Rush? ABC News considers what makes the Oscars such an alluring and addictive spectator sport. "I'm a newcomer to the red carpet," says David Carr, who runs the New York Times' excellent Carpetbagger pre-Oscars site. "I've covered city politics in some rugged cities. But there is nothing more ferocious than that red carpet. Like those little fashion reporters, they don't mind dropping a heel right into your soft shoe or a sharp elbow into your beer gut. … You better come to play."

Oscar poster has lines on designs

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By MICHAEL CIDONI

LOS ANGELES — The new Oscar poster was unfurled today, and there are lines everywhere — famous lines from 70 years of famous films. ‘‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’’, ‘‘I’m the king of the world!’’, ‘‘I’m ready for my close-up’’ and ‘‘Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn’’ are among the quotes that share space with an image of the Oscar statuette on the 79th annual Academy Awards poster.

Keeping 'Veil' under pre-Oscar wraps?

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The director of "The Painted Veil" is claiming his studio his dragging its feet on finishing his film in time for this year's Oscar consideration, saying it "wants the film buried" in favor of other Oscar contenders "The Departed," "Letters From Iwo Jima" and "Happy Feet."

No more Oscar/Globe gift baskets??!!

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The New York Daily News reports that the Oscars and Golden Globes are scrapping their swag-stuffed celebrity gift baskets! Each year, we media folk love to run the annual "what absurdly expensive stuff is in the gift baskets" story. We'll have to do without in ’07. Two reasons cited: (1) The IRS was sniffing around, and (2) actor Ed Norton complained about the needless extravagence. Yeah, but ...

In Cindy Pearlman's interview with Beyonce Knowles, in today's Sunday Show section of the Sun-TImes, the singer-actress poo-poos the rumors of a feud between her and "Dreamgirls" co-star (and Chicago native!) Jennifer Hudson. “These rumors that I’m in a catfight with Jennifer are just absolutely ridiculous,? Knowles says. “I’m already a star. I have my Grammys. I know I can sing. I wanted people to know I can act." Hudson is getting early raves for her role in “Dreamgirls? opposite Beyonce, who also is getting good reviews for her less showy role. “These rumors of a rivalry between me and Jennifer hurt my heart. It’s so cliched.? Read the whole interview.

Legendary film composer to receive honorary Oscar

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LOS ANGELES — Ennio Morricone, the prolific film composer who created music for more than 300 films, such as the memorable coyote-howl theme from ‘‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,’’ is finally getting an Oscar. Morricone, who has been nominated for five Academy Awards but never won, will receive an honorary Oscar at the Feb. 25 awards.

Already three safe bets in Oscar guessing

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By DAVID GERMAIN

LOS ANGELES — If the victory of best-picture champ ‘‘Crash’’ over front-runner ‘‘Brokeback Mountain’’ last winter proved one thing, it’s that nothing is ever certain at the Academy Awards. Yet with two and a half months to go before the Oscars on Feb. 25, three seemingly sure picks and a wildly eclectic lineup of potential and long-shot contenders have emerged for Hollywood’s top prize. ...

BY DAVID GERMAIN Associated Press

LOS ANGELES---- If the victory of best-picture champ ''Crash'' over front-runner ''Brokeback Mountain'' last winter proved one thing, it's that nothing is ever certain at the Academy Awards.

Yet with two and a half months to go before the Oscars on Feb. 25, three seemingly sure picks and a wildly eclectic lineup of potential and long-shot contenders have emerged for Hollywood's top prize.

Oscar contenders will become clearer this week

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During the next week or so, we'll have a better idea who the frontrunners are in the race for Oscar gold, as a key group of film awards is announced. Here's a good article from down under framing the situation and looking ahead at what's coming.

The most powerful man in hollywood? He's hot

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Ever look at all those people crammed into the Kodak Theater on Oscar night and wonder if it ever makes the fire marshal nervous? Here's an interesting profile of that very man — one of the most powerful men in Hollywood...

Polanski honored at Europe's Oscars

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By VANESSA GERA

WARSAW, Poland — Roman Polanski was honored with a lifetime achievement award in the country of his childhood at the 19th annual European Film Awards. "It's a moving moment for me, of course, to receive this award, and particularly to receive it in Warsaw," the 73-year-old filmmaker said.

Polanski was given the award for creating what the academy said "were some of the most unforgettable moments in cinema" with films such as "Rosemary's Baby," "Chinatown" and "The Pianist." He won a best director Oscar for 2002's "The Pianist."