What was it like at the Golden Globe nominations announcement?

We had to wake up at the crack of dawn for the 5 a.m. announcement of the 69th Golden Globe Award nominees and drive to Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Ladies with mini bottles of Moet & Chandon champagne welcomed us but we proceeded straight where the coffee and tea were being served.

The print, TV and radio people were either setting up or having breakfast while publicists were nervously taking their seats with their respective studio groups gearing up for the announcement.


‘Hugo’ and George Clooney selected as winners by critics of National Borad of Review

In the latest round of awards season jockeying, the National Board of Review announced its picks this afternoon for the best efforts of the movie year, choosing “Hugo” as the best film of 2011.

Martin Scorsese’s simultaneous celebration of cinematic tradition and 3-D magic also earned the veteran filmmaker the best director title from the board, a nonprofit group of film scholars and enthusiasts whose choices typically kick off the annual round of movie prize-giving. The New York Critics Circle beat them to the punch this year by announcing its selections on Tuesday; that group went in a slightly different direction, naming “The Artist” as best picture. Apparently at this stage in Awards Season 2011-12, the battle for supremacy is between two films that both wear their reverence for movie history on their motion-picture sleeves.


Billy Crystal replaces Eddie Murphy as Oscars host

Billy Crystal is replacing Eddie Murphy as host of ABC’s Feb.?26 Academy Awards broadcast.

The eight-time Oscars host was tapped Thursday to take over for Murphy by Brian Grazer — the movie mogul who was tapped a day earlier to produce the 2012 Oscarcast, replacing Brett Ratner.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Billy back to the Oscar stage,” academy President Tom Sherak said. “He’s a comic legend and Oscar icon, and it feels good to have him back where he belongs.


Brett Ratner Resigns as Oscar Producer After Gay Slur

When Brett Ratner looks back on what killed his once-in-a-lifetime chance to produce the 2012 Academy Awards, it'll boil down to one sentence -- just a handful of words -- that he really, really shouldn't have said. During a Q&A for "Tower Heist" Friday night in Los Angeles, he dismissed the notion of rehearsing with his actors, claiming at one point "Rehearsal's for f*gs." And with that simple, stupid, homophobic comment, Ratner had to have known that it was merely a matter of time until the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would decide to extricate themselves from Ratner and his comments.

At first it seemed like the embattled director would get off with just a stern warning from the Academy -- even after Ratner made things worse with a raunchy appearance on "The Howard Stern Show," where he talked explicitly about dalliances with Olivia Munn and Lindsay Lohan. But apparently the organization has decided to take it one step further: He's "voluntarily" stepping down (as first reported by THR.com), which sounds an awful lot like being canned.


Eddie Murphy to host Oscars

Eddie Murphy had stiff competition for the 2012 Oscars hosting gig, which he officially landed Tuesday.

A source close to the production of February's 84th Annual Academy Awards show tells us funnymen Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld were gunning for the coveted role.

After James Franco and Anne Hathaway proved that quirky, youthful co-hosts were not necessarily the key to boosting the Oscar telecast's ratings and reviews, predictions circulated that the academy would once again go old-school with Crystal in 2012.

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Mad Men and Mildred Pierce top Emmy Award Nominations

HBO's "Mildred Pierce" leads with 21 nominations in Thursdays 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, followed by the AMC drama "Mad Men," a three-time best drama winner, with 19.

HBO's new entry "Boardwalk Empire" followed with 18, including one for best dramatic series.

"Modern Family," received the next most nominations, and the most for any comedy, at 17. They included four in the supporting comedy actor category for Eric Stonestreet (last year's winner), Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell, and the previously overlooked Ed O'Neill. Burrell and the other members of the ensemble have campaigned for an O'Neill nomination.


‘King’s Speech’ sweeps Oscar wins including Best Picture

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday was an entertaining escapade filled with satisfying surprises and expected moves. James Franco and Anne Hathaway, the two young hosts of the show, were on their A-game to lead the festivities and brought in some novel offbeat humor.

The Oscar results were satisfying and the winners well-deserved. Bringing home a nice group of gold statuettes was The King’s Speech, clocking in with four wins.

Internationally-known graffiti artist and Exit Through the Gift Shop filmmaker Banksy lost out in the Best Documentary Feature category to Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs with Inside Job.


‘King’s Speech’ battles ‘Social Network’ at the 83rd Oscars

The Oscar battle Sunday pits the story of a king overcoming a speech impediment to lead his people through World War II against the saga of how a college student created Facebook, which is now credited helping citizens overthrow their leader.

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be presented Sunday night at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

"The King's Speech," a low-budget film that has earned $300 million worldwide, has a dozen Oscar nominations, including for best picture, best actor, best supporting actor, best supporting actress and best original screenplay.

"The Social Network" is nominated for eight Oscars, including best picture and Jesse Eisenberg's nomination for best actor.


King’s Speech predicted to win at the Oscars

"The King's Speech" won seven BAFTA awards on Sunday- a strong indicator of potential Oscars glory.

The movie took awards for best British film, original screenplay, original music, actor (Colin Firth), supporting actor (Geoffrey Rush) and supporting actress (Helena Bonham Carter).

The Tom Hooper-directed film continues to dominate with a total of 12 Oscar nominations, including ones for best picture, best actor, best supporting actor, best supporting actress and best director.

Perfectly timed with the upcoming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, "The King's Speech" tells the story of King George VI (Firth), who was forced to rule after his elder brother abdicated the throne, and his struggle to overcome a stammer with the help of an unconventional speech therapist (Rush).

British-American screenwriter David Seidler himself has battled a childhood stammer. He said, "for a stutter... to be heard is a wonderful thing."

Although Seidler is shocked that this small film about "two men in a room" is popular around the world, he says, "I don't think it's the fascination with royalty. I don't think it's the ostrich plumes and the gold braid. I think it's the fact that it's a story about changing your destiny."

Last year, Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker" won six BAFTAs, including best picture - then repeated the feat at the Oscars. Twelve of the 18 major BAFTA winners repeated with victories in their corresponding categories at the Oscars.

Most of the winners are selected by the votes of 6,000 academy members.

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