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2009-01-25 22:22:38

Slumdog Millionaire, Sean Penn and Meryl Streep may have taken a step toward Oscar gold after winning SAG Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night. Slumdog Millionaire won the Screen Actors Guild's top acting honor for best cast of a motion picture, while Penn was named best male actor for Milk and Streep took best female actor honors for Doubt. Although there are exceptions, the SAG Awards tend to provide a hint to Academy Award outcomes. Slumdog Millionaire -- which took the Producers Guild of...

2009-01-25 16:46:38

Pretty much the same contenders are up for both the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Academy Awards this year, a comparison of the nominee lists shows. People.com said when the list of SAG Awards movie nominees is compared to the Oscar nominees for last year's movies, there are only two notable discrepancies -- best supporting actress and best supporting actor. The SAG Awards winners are being announced Sunday night at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. Nominated for best...

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2009-01-22 15:11:38

Thirty-four percent of the participants in an online poll said Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood was the worst-snubbed when Oscar nominations were announced. Eastwood directed Changeling, and helmed and starred in Gran Torino last year, but neither film earned the veteran filmmaker an acting or directing Oscar nomination Thursday. The movies were also left off the shortlist for best picture. Asked to name Oscar's biggest snub, 34 percent of the 2,994 people who took part in the...

2009-01-20 20:20:05

Forest Whitaker has agreed to help announce nominations for the 81st Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., organizers said Tuesday. Whitaker and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis are slated to unveil the nominations in 10 of the 24 award categories at a 5:30 a.m. PT news conference Thursday at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented Feb. 22 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood &...

2009-01-14 14:06:00

SOARS TO #1 ON ITUNES NEW YORK, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Slumdog Millionaire was four for four at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles this week. The film's soundtrack, composed by A.R. Rahman and M.I.A.'s first N.E.E.T./Interscope Records release, won Best Original Score For A Motion Picture. Talk went from underdog to slumdog, as Slumdog Millionaire took home Golden Globes in all categories it was nominated: Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay - Motion...

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2009-01-13 18:12:08

Austria's Revanche, France's The Class and Israel's Waltz with Bashir are among the nine movies eligible for the foreign-language Oscar, organizers said. Also competing for the five nomination slots in the category are Canada's The Necessities of Life, Germany's The Baader Meinhof Complex, Japan's Departures, Mexico's Tear This Heart Out, Sweden's Everlasting Moments and Turkey's 3 Monkeys. The 81st Academy Awards nominations are to be announced Jan. 22 in the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in...

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2009-01-09 12:10:50

Hollywood's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says its 5,810 voting members are to return their completed Oscar nominations ballots by Monday. The ballots from which nominations for the 81st Academy Awards will be culled are to be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers no later than 5 p.m. PT, the Academy said in a release. Ballots received after that deadline will not be counted. Nominations for the awards are to be announced Jan. 22 in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los...

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2009-01-07 13:00:54

The Dark Knight, The Reader, Synecdoche, New York, Tropic Thunder and The Wrestler are all eligible for nomination for the 2008 Makeup Oscar. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Hellboy II: The Golden Army are eligible in the category, as well, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced. The list will be pared down to three finalists when nominations for the 81st Academy Awards are announced Jan. 22 in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles. Academy Awards for...

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2009-01-06 16:04:33

Two action films starring Hollywood actor Brendan Fraser are among the seven movies in the running for the Visual Effects Oscar, it was announced Tuesday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Fraser's Journey to the Center of the Earth and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, as well as Australia, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Iron Man are eligible for nomination in the Visual Effects category. Nominations for the 81st...

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2008-12-29 17:25:44

Two hundred eighty-one feature films are eligible for the 2008 Academy Award for best picture, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday. To qualify for 81st Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion-picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight Wednesday, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited...


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