All hail Meryl Streep! The greatest living American actress of our time is presenting at the 84th Academy Awards according to telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer.
Streep is nominated for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady," and has received a total of 17 nominations -- the most for any performer in Oscar history!
She took home a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1979 for "Kramer vs. Kramer" and the Best Actress award in 1982's "Sophie's Choice."
Streep will be joining this fantastic list of previously announced Oscar presenters on Sunday, Feb. 26th:
Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog
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The Costume Designers Guild has announced winners of its 14th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards! In the movie category, nominations are broken down into three separate categories namely Contemporary, Fantasy, and Period.
David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" won the Contemporary category; "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" received the Best Fantasy and Madonna's "W.E." took home the Period prize.
The Gala event, hosted by Jane Lynch, was held yesterday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees (To find out other winners/nominees of this awards season, visit our Awards Avenue coverage right here):
Excellence in Period Film:
“The Artist” (Mark Bridges)
“Jane Eyre” (Michael O’Connor)
“The Help” (Sharen Davis)
“Hugo” (Sandy Powell)
*** (WINNER) “W.E.” (Arianne Phillips)
Excellence in Fantasy Film:
*** (WINNER) “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (Jany Temime)
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” (Penny Rose)
“Red Riding Hood” (Cindy Evans)
“Thor” (Alexandra Byrne)
“X-Men: First Class” (Sammy Sheldon)
Excellence in Contemporary Film:
“Bridesmaids” (Leesa Evans & Christine Wada)
“The Descendants (Wendy Chuck)
“Drive” (Erin Benach)
*** (WINNER) “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (Trish Summerville)
“Melancholia” (Manon Rasmussen)
Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries:
*** (WINNER) "Downton Abbey" (Susannah Buxton)
"The Kennedys" (Christopher Hargadon)
"Mildred Pierce" (Ann Roth)
Outstanding Contemporary Television Series:
*** (WINNER) "Glee" (Lou Eyrich and Jennifer Eve)
"Modern Family" (Alix Friedberg)
"Revenge" (Jill Ohanneson)
"Saturday Night Live" (Tom Broecker and Eric Justian)
"Sons of Anarchy" (Kelli Jones)
Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series:
*** (WINNER) "Boardwalk Empire" (John A. Dunn and Lisa Padovani)
"The Borgias" (Gabriella Pescucci)
"Game of Thrones" (Michele Clapton)
"Once Upon Time" (Eduardo Castro)
"Pan Am (Series)" (Ane Crabtree)
Excellence in Commercial Costume Design:
Carl's Jr.: "Miss Turkey" (Francine Lecoultre)
Dos Equis: "The Most Interesting Man in the World" (Julie Vogel)
*** (WINNER) Swiffer: "Country Dirt Cowgirl" (Roseanne Fiedler)
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The MPAA has given The Weinstein Company's (TWC) new anti-bullying documentary "Bully" an R rating, so the studio is fighting back, at least, for a PG-13 rating. According to their press release, "Bully" is an urgent and intimate look at Americas bullying crisis. Directed by Lee Hirsch, the R rating was given to "Bully" because of its strong language and therefore, it restricts children under the age of 17 from seeing the film unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
So, the kids, who MUST really see the documentary are not even allowed to do so unless their parent or guardian are present. Isn't this a case of the MPAA bullying "Bully?"
Why? Because as a result of the MPAA rating, the film could not even be screened in U.S. middle and high schools "where it might otherwise reach a mass national audience of students and be used as a tool to stop an epidemic of physical, psychological, and emotional violence."
Harvey Weinstein, TWC Co-Chairman, is appealing the MPAA rating and will be joined by Alex Libby, one of the bullied children documented in "Bully." Their hearing will be held this Thursday, Feb. 23rd, at the MPAA's Sherman Oaks screening room.
This is a good cause, and the MPAA should be able to allow "Bully" with a lesser rating. It's a documentary! And when your subject is about bullying, it goes without saying that harsh language would be present.
According to Hirsch, "I made BULLY for kids to see the bullies as well as the bullied. We have to change hearts and minds in order to stop this epidemic, which has scarred countless lives and driven many children to suicide. To capture the stark reality of bullying, we had to capture the way kids act and speak in their everyday lives and the fact is that kids use profanity. It is heartbreaking that the MPAA, in adhering to a strict limit on certain words, would end up keeping this film from those who need to see it most. No one could make this case more powerfully than Alex Libby, and I am so proud and honored that he is stepping forward to make a personal appeal."
Weinstein concurred, "I have great respect for the work Chairman Joan Graves and the rest of the MPAA governing body do. I have been compelled by the filmmakers and the children to fight for an exception so we can change this R rating brought on by some bad language. As a father of four, I worry every day about bullying; it'ss a serious and ever-present concern for me and my family. I want every child, parent, and educator in America to see BULLY, so it is imperative for us to gain a PG-13 rating. It's better that children see bad language than bad behavior, so my wish is that the MPAA considers the importance of this matter as we make this appeal."
We'll give you an update on this. "Bully" is set for release on March 30th. For now, check out the film's trailer:
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And the latest Oscar presenters are...Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis according to telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer. The two actors just finished shooting their upcoming film "The Campaign."
Galifianakis, making his very first Oscar appearance, was recently seen in "The Muppets." Ferrell was in "Everything Must Go" last year.
The dynamic duo will be joining the following list of previously announced Oscar presenters on Sunday, Feb. 26th:
Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog
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We're of course talking about the actual Oscars, the golden statuettes, that will be presented to the Best Actor and Best Actress winners at the 84th Academy Awards, much like what Natalie Portman is holding in the picture.
The trophies will be part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' "Meet the Oscars, Grand Central" exhibition at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal.
So yes, you have to be in New York to see the real Oscars that will be presented to...hhmmmm...I'm thinking, Jean Dujardin of "The Artist" and Viola Davis of "The Help." That's just my predictions y'all! (Check my complete Oscar predictions for all categories right here)
According to the Academy:
The exhibition will open on Wednesday, February 22 at 10 a.m., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by 2010 Academy Award®-winning actress Melissa Leo ("The Fighter"). Public viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 23, through Sunday, February 26. Admission is free.
Here's the cool part -- you can actually have your picture taken with the real, authentic Oscar statuette! I so want to do that!
And, you can see the real Oscar that Michael Douglas, Oscar presenter this year, won for 1987's "Wall Street."
But wait there's more! You will also be able to see a display of statuettes in various stages of completion by manufacturer R.S. Owens & Company based in Chicago.
If I'm in New York, I will definitely attend!
Then on Saturday, February 25, the Oscars that you will be taking pictures with, will make their way back to Hollywood for the Oscar night on Sunday, February 26.
Let's hope and pray that the statuettes will make it safe for a lovely reunion with their fellow statuettes.
I can see it now -- this can be a comedy about a bumbling Oscar handler who lost the statuettes on their way back to Hollywood. It's now up to him to find the statuettes in time to save the day! Can't you see that? Hhmmmm, I'm writing the treatment now!
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