Best Motion Picture, Drama12 Years a SlaveGravityCaptain PhillipsRushPhilomena
Best Motion Picture, Musical or ComedyNebraskaAmerican HustleThe Wolf of Wall StreetInside Llewyn DavisHer
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, DramaChiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a SlaveMatthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips Robert Redford, All Is Lost Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or ComedyBruce Dern, NerbaskaLeonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall StreetChristian Bale, American HustleOscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn DavisJoaquin Phoenix, Her
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, DramaCate Blanchett, Blue JasmineSandra Bullock, GravityEmma Thompson, Saving Mr. BanksJudi Dench, PhilomenaKate Winslet, Labor Day
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or ComedyMeryl Streep, August: Osage CountyJulia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough SaidAmy Adams, American HustleJulie Delpy, Before MidnightGreta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Best Director - Motion PictureAlfonso Cuaron, GravitySteve McQueen, 12 Years a SlaveDavid O. Russell, American HustlePaul Greengrass, Captain PhillipsAlexander Payne, Nebraska
Best Screenplay - Motion PictureJohn Ridley, 12 Years a SlaveBob Nelson, NebraskaEric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, American HustleJeff Pope and Steve Coogan, PhilomenaSpike Jonze, Her
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureMichael Fassbender, 12 Years a SlaveJared Leto, Dallas Buyers ClubBradley Cooper, American HustleDaniel Bruhl, RushBarkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureLupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a SlaveJennifer Lawrence, American HustleJulia Roberts, August: Osage CountyJune Squibb, NebraskaSally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Best TV Series, DramaBreaking BadDownton AbbeyHouse CardsMasters of SexThe Good Wife
Best TV Series, ComedyThe Big Bang TheoryModern FamilyGirlsBrooklyn Nine-NineParks and Recreation
Best Actor in a TV Series, DramaBryan Cranston, Breaking BadMichael Sheen, Masters of SexKevin Spacey, House of CardsJames Spader, The BlacklistLiev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Best Actor in a TV Series, ComedyJason Bateman, Arrested DevelopmentDon Cheadle, House of LiesMichael J. Fox, The Michael J. FoxJim Parsons, The Big Bang TheoryAndy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Best Actress in a TV Series, DramaJulianne Margulies, The Good WifeKerry Washington, ScandalTatiana Maslany, Orphan BlackRobin Wright, House of CardsTaylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy Zooey Deschanel, New Girl Lena Dunham, Girls Julia Louis-Dreyfus, VeepAmy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Best Mini-Series or TV Movie American Horror Story: CovenBehind the CandelabraDancing on the EdgeTop of LakeWhite Queen
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV MovieMatt Damon, Behind the CandelabraChiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the EdgeIdris Elba, LutherAl Pacino, Phil SpectorMichael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV MovieHelena Bonham Carter, Burton and TaylorRebecca Ferguson, White QueenJessica Lange, American Horror Story: CovenHelen Mirren, Phil SpectorElisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV MovieRob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra Josh Charles, The Good WifeAaron Paul, Breaking BadCorey Stoll, House of CardsJohn Voight, Ray Donovan
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV MovieHayden Panetierre, NashvilleJacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the EdgeJanet McTeer, White QueenMonica Potter, ParenthoodSofia Vergara, Modern Family
Best Animated Feature FilmFrozenThe CroodsDespicable Me 2
Best Foreign Language FilmBlue Is the Warmest ColorThe PastThe HuntThe Wind RisesThe Great Beauty
Best Original Score - Motion PictureGravityThe Book Thief12 Years a SlaveAll Is LostMandela: Long Walk to Freedom
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With the recent flurry of fascinating documentaries about underappreciated musicians that started with last year's Oscar-winning Searching For Sugar Man, you might be wondering where to start with these artists' discographies. Here's the lowdown on five artists whose stories have recently played out on the big screen.
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me told the story of one of the finest bands of the 1970s, Anglophile power pop geniuses from Memphis whose career was hampered by record label incompetence and intra-band squabbles. The star-crossed Big Star Third, recorded by guitarist Alex Chilton and drummer Jody Stephens after the rest of the band had left, is justifiably considered the band's masterpiece. But that album's inebriated darkness makes a little more sense after hearing the first two, #1 Record (the only Big Star album to feature co-founder Chris Bell) and the near-perfect Radio City. Those two are available on a single CD on Fantasy Records. Or you can get the 2009 box set Keep An Eye on the Sky (Rhino Records), a four-disc behemoth heavy on the alternate mixes, outtakes and live tracks.
One of the focal points of the joyous Twenty Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love was the secret weapon of Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. Literally, in some cases: The Crystals' 1962 #1 hit "He's A Rebel" was sung not by The Crystals themselves, but by Love and her group The Blossoms. The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love (Sony Legacy) gathers the finest of Love's work for Spector, including that incognito hit but not, annoyingly, her signature song "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." If you're interested in The Blossoms' non-Spector work, the fantastic U.K. reissue label Ace Records hits the high points on So Much Love: A Darlene Love Anthology 1958-1968.
The other standout of Twenty Feet From Stardom, powerhouse soul goddess Merry Clayton is best known for her thundering vocals on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," which was also the title track of her 1969 solo debut album. Though that LP and its three follow-ups are all long out of print, the recently released The Best of Merry Clayton (Sony Legacy) documents these excellent pre-disco R&B discs. It also includes her other best known track, "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow," which was used as the theme for Robert Blake's '70s cop series Baretta. So both Clayton and Love were professionally connected to famous men who were later convicted for murder. Weird.
The fascinating (though, some have charged, not entirely factual) documentary Searching For Sugar Man unexpectedly revitalized the career of a man who had been one of rock's most obscure cult figures, Detroit-born singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez. An inner-city version of Bob Dylan or Phil Ochs with a soulful, haunted voice, Rodriguez released two albums in the early 1970s, Cold Fact and Coming From Reality. Several years before Searching For Sugar Man came out, the estimable reissue label Light In The Attic Records resurrected both albums in digital, CD and sumptuous vinyl editions. Both are excellent, but 1970's Cold Fact slightly gets the edge for the creepily gorgeous "Sugar Man," a paean to the neighborhood drug dealer that remains his best-known song.
The most obscure act of the lot, Death were a mid-'70s hard rock trio consisting of three teenage African-American brothers (like Rodriguez, from Detroit) whose self-released 1975 single "Politicians In My Eyes" was for years a holy grail of underground punk collectors. The brothers Hackney only recorded seven songs during the band's lifetime, all of which can be found on the 2009 compilation ...For The Whole World To See (Drag City Records). As seen in the intimate film A Band Called Death, bassist/singer Bobby Hackney's three sons have their own punk band Rough Francis, named after a short-lived pseudonym of their late uncle David Hackney, Death's guitarist. Rough Francis just self-released their debut album Maximum Soul Power.
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Britney's wedding: An elaborate hoax?
Did Britney Spears stage a fake wedding to throw the paparazzi off her path to domestic bliss with beau Kevin Federline? That's the latest theory, at least according to Us Weekly. The tabloid claims to have an authenticated four-page document saying Spears and Federline agreed "to participate in a 'faux' wedding with one another on Sept. 18 ... however they do not intend to and shall not validly marry one another on said date," which was signed by Spears, 22, and Federline, 26, four days before the ceremony. According to Us, the couple could not tie the not as planned because of arguments over a prenuptial agreement. But the sham wedding theory isn't sitting well with rival publication People Magazine, who released exclusive pictures of Saturday's nuptials at a private house in Los Angeles along with interviews in which the newlyweds discuss the ceremony. People also denied suggestions it and Britain's OK! magazine paid a reported $2 million for the pictures. "What's more likely is that a magazine that didn't get the wedding is now crying sour grapes," People executive editor Larry Hackett told Reuters Wednesday. Although Spears' New York publicist confirmed the two "are married," the pop singer admits she and Federline have yet to file a marriage license, which they are required to do within 90 days under California law, under advisement by a lawyer to wait for a grace period after finalizing the prenuptial agreement.
Oprah's car giveaway comes at a price
It seems nothing is free these days. Audience members, who received one of 276 cars given away by talk show host Oprah Winfrey last week, got a rude awakening when they were told they had to pay a hefty tax bill if they wanted to keep their brand new Pontiac G-Six. According to CNN/Money, recipients must pay a tax on the winnings just like any prize; therefore, depending on the individuals tax bracket, the tax on the $28,500 car could be as high as $7,000--and that's after Pontiac agreed to pay state sales tax and licensing fees. A spokeswoman for Harpo Productions Inc., Winfrey's company, said winners were given three choices: keep the car and pay the tax, sell the car and pay the tax with the profits or forfeit the car.
Elton John cusses out Taiwanese paparazzi
Arriving in the Taiwanese capitol of Taipei for a concert performance, singer Elton John swore at reporters who surrounded him at the airport early Thursday morning, Reuters reports. "Rude, vile pigs!" he shouted at photographers and TV crews at the Chiang Kai Shek airport after he arrived. "Do you know what that means? Rude, vile pigs. That's what all of you are." When one of the photographers shouted for the entertainer to get out of Taiwan, John, who was wearing a bright blue tracksuit and dark sunglasses, replied: "We'd love to get out of Taiwan if it's full of people like you. Pig! Pig!" Details on John's strong reaction to the Taiwanese media was unclear.
WB delays release of Oliver Stone's Alexander
Warner Bros. has delayed the release of its Oliver Stone film Alexander by about three weeks to give the epic a better shot at Oscar gold, handed out in February. The film, which stars Colin Farrell as the conqueror Alexander the Great, had been set to premiere Nov. 5 against the computer-animated film The Incredibles. It will now open Nov. 24, the Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, where it will go head-to-head with Christmas with the Kranks, Beauty Shop and Flight of the Phoenix.
Billy Bob Thornton becomes father again
Billy Bob Thornton, who stars in the upcoming high school football drama Friday Night Lights, and his girlfriend announced Wednesday that she has given birth to a baby girl, The Associated Press reports. The girl, named Bella, weighed 6 pounds, 1 1/2 ounces. Thornton's publicist Arnold Robinson said the mother, Connie Angland, 39, and the baby were both said to be doing well. It is the fourth child for Thornton, 49, and the first for Angland. Thornton, who divorced Angelina Jolie in May 2003, has three children from two previous marriages.
Spector May Face Grand Jury Indictment
Phil Spector was ordered to appear in court Monday--a possible sign the music producer has been indicted by a grand jury for murder, his attorney Roger Rosen told the AP. Rosen said that although he hasn't been told there is an indictment, he can't think of a reason why he and Spector have been called to court. A grand jury indictment would preclude the need for a preliminary hearing, in which prosecutors would have to present enough evidence to hold Spector for trial. Spector, 64, is suspected in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson, 40, in his Los Angeles home on Feb. 3, 2003. He is free on $1 million bail.
Lil' Kim's bodyguard sentenced to 12 years in prison
A bodyguard for Lil' Kim, who admitted firing a gun at least 20 times in a shootout outside a Manhattan radio station, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison, the AP reports. The charges stem from a Feb. 25, 2001, incident, where Lil' Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, and associates from the rap group Junior M.A.F.I.A. were involved in a shootout with rap rival Foxy Brown. U.S. District Judge Gerard Lynch said Suif Jackson, 34, deserved a harsh sentence because society had to be protected from a machine gun-toting man convicted five times on criminal charges. Jackson was ordered to finish a state prison sentence, which ends Aug. 7, 2006, before beginning the federal term. The state sentence was for an unrelated crime.
Top Story: Moore May Sets Sights on Disney
As Michael Moore's controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11--a rant against President Bush's handling of Iraq as well as a searing look at the war on terror--got a warm reception at the Cannes Film Festival over the weekend, the Oscar-winning filmmaker hinted he would "tell all" about his dealings with Walt Disney Co., especially over the hoopla regarding Fahrenheit's distribution. The Associated Press reports film critic Roger Ebert, who moderated a panel with Moore Saturday in Cannes, asked if he thought about making a movie called Michael and Me, about Disney chief executive Michael Eisner, referencing Moore's 1989 hit Roger & Me. "I have a lot to say about Disney, and a lot that hasn't been reported," said Moore. Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who run Miramax, have said they plan to buy Fahrenheit and find a different distributor.
Spector Brawls With Chauffeur
Music producer Phil Spector and his chauffeur made citizens' arrests against each other Saturday after brawling at Spector's hilltop mansion, police told City News. According to broadcast reports, Spector, 63, and chauffeur Tobie Wheeler, 46, were arguing over money and employment when they got into a fistfight. When police arrived, both men invoked a citizen arrest against the other. Spector, according to police, suffered an injured right hand during the alleged dust-up, and Wheeler claimed pain to his jaw. Both were booked for misdemeanor assault and then released, Alhambra police Lt. Elliot Kase told City News.
"Raymond" Will Bid Adieu After Final Season
CBS has struck a deal with the producers of the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond for a ninth and final season in the fall, Reuters reports. Following in the footsteps of Friends, Raymond will conclude its network run with fewer than the usual 22 episodes that make up a complete sitcom season, airing just 16 fresh shows for its final year, CBS said. "The decision about coming back was always about maintaining the quality, and not feeling like we've overstayed our welcome," star Ray Romano said in a statement. "I look forward to being a hapless, sexless husband once again in year nine."
NBC Looks To Fill Empty Slots
With two of its higher-profiled shows leaving the air this season, NBC has given the go-ahead to no fewer than a dozen new series for the 2004-05 season, Variety reports. As expected, comedies snagging greenlights include the Friends spin-off, Joey, which follows that character to L.A. as he tries to break into the biz; The Office, an American take on the hit BBC series; Men's Room, which revolves around a multi-generational group of guys and their lives; and Crazy for You, about two eccentric New Yorkers who fall for one another. On the drama side, NBC has nabbed Hawaii, a cop drama set in the tropical state; LAX (formerly Hub), a drama set around the Los Angeles International Airport; and Medical Investigations (formerly The Cure), about a man who solves medical mysteries.
Stallone Sues MGM Over Real Rocky
Sylvester Stallone has sued MGM and other producers over the planned boxing reality TV show The Real Rocky, which he claims improperly associates the project with Stallone's Rocky character, Reuters reports. Stallone, who created and starred in five films about the fictional Philadelphia boxer, has sued MGM, its United Artists unit and Chartoff-Winkler Prods. for fraud, negligent misrepresentation, unfair competition and other claims.
Tarantino Wants To Do James Bond
Tarantino…Quentin Tarantino. In an interview with Reuters in Cannes, the eccentric Kill Bill director admitted he would love to direct a film for the James Bond series. "I've always wanted to do it. I bumped into Pierce Brosnan and we talked about it. He liked the idea," Tarantino said. "I would like to do the original book Casino Royale and do it more or less the way the Ian Fleming book is." Tarantino plans to approach the producers of the big-budget Bond series. "I don't know if they're going to go for it or not, but I'm letting them know I'm interested," he said.
Veteran Film, TV Actress Dies
Anna Lee, whose nearly 70-year acting career in movies and television spanned from her breakthrough role in How Green Was My Valley to an extended run as Lila Quartermaine on the ABC soap opera General Hospital, died Friday in Los Angeles of pneumonia. She was 91.
Singer Dion Cancels Vegas Shows
Celine Dion had to cancel the weekend performances of her hit Caesars Palace show due to a sprained neck, AP reports. The singer had aggravated her neck while doing her show and on Friday Dion's doctor advised her that her recovery was not complete. Dion, 36, is expected to resume performances on Wednesday.
Role Call: Hunter, Hurt Go Downloading
Holly Hunter, William Hurt and Stellan Skarsgard are joining forces on the indie thriller Downloading Nancy. Hunter plays an unhappy wife who, instead of committing suicide, hires a man over the Internet (Hurt) to kill her. Problems arise when they form a relationship. Skarsgard will play the husband of Hunter's character.
Top Story: Jennifer Aniston Settles Topless Photo Suit
Jennifer Aniston will receive $550,000 in the settlement of her lawsuit against a photographer who admitted to illegally distributing photos of her sunbathing topless, The Associated Press reports. Aniston settled a lawsuit in 2002 against two European magazines, Celebrity Skin and High Society, for publishing the photos in 1999. In the suits, Aniston, 34, had claimed a "stalkerazzi" snapped photos of her "reclining topless in her backyard." But in Thursday's settlement, Aniston accepted photographer Francois Navarre's contention that he was not the trespasser who scaled the wall of her home to shoot the photos with a high-powered telephoto lens. He apologized for transmitting the photographs to an Italian photo agent, who in turn sold them for publication in Italy, and agreed to pay the Friends star $100,000, while his insurance carrier will pay $450,000.
Phil Spector Pleads Innocent
Record producer Phil Spector pleaded innocent Thursday to murdering B-movie actress Lana Clarkson, Reuters reports. Clarkson, 40, was found lying in a pool of blood last February in the foyer of Spector's Alhambra, California, home. Spector, 63, was arrested soon after the shooting, but has remained free on $1 million bail. Represented by attorney Robert Shapiro, the producer has denied the allegations and was quoted as telling Esquire that "she kissed the gun.''
Paris Hilton Cancels Letterman Appearance
Socialite Paris Hilton, star of the upcoming Fox reality series The Simple Life, is pulling out of her Nov. 26 interview on David Letterman's Late Show. Hilton's spokesman told the AP Thursday the 22-year-old was canceling all planned media appearances promoting her upcoming TV show because of all the attention she's received from the erotic home video she made three years ago with then-boyfriend Rick Salomon. "All I want to say to Paris is you're being led down the wrong path," Letterman said while taping Thursday's show. "You come on this show, by god, we'll make you a hero."
Magazine Brands Eminem a Racist
The Source magazine is branding rapper Eminem a racist over a decade-old song in which calls black girls "dumb," the AP reports. The tape was provided to the magazine by "three white hip-hop fans from Detroit who were peers of Eminem in the early '90s, at the time of the recording," Source said in a press release Tuesday. The song features Eminem saying: "Black girls are dumb, and white girls are good chicks." There also is another brief song in which a rapper whom the magazine identifies as Eminem uses the n-word. Eminem acknowledged he made the song disparaging black women but said in a statement it was "something I made out of anger, stupidity and frustration when I was a teenager."
Judge Orders Trial Over Diaz Pics
A judge ruled Friday that Los Angeles photographer John Rutter must stand trial for allegedly using topless photos of Cameron Diaz in an attempt to extort $3.3 million from her. According to Reuters, Rutter is scheduled to be arraigned on felony charges of attempted extortion, attempted grand theft, forgery and perjury Dec. 8. Rutter claims he has a signed release and the right to sell the pictures, which were taken during a 1992 photo session, but Diaz said her signature was forged. "This wasn't simply a case of someone calling and saying, 'Hey, I just came across these photos from 11 years ago, do you want them?'" Superior Court Judge Michael Luros said. "This was someone saying, 'Pay me $3 million or else.'"
Charges Against Coldplay Singer Dropped
Australian authorities dropped malicious damages and property damages charges against Coldplay singer Chris Martin on Friday, Reuters reports. Martin had been charged with damaging a photographer's car windshield after having his picture taken in July while surfing near Byron Bay, where the British singer was performing at a music festival. Martin was in Australia at the time with his girlfriend, actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
David Spade To Guest Star on 8 Simple Rules
David Spade has signed on to do a multiple-episode guest shot on ABC's 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Spade will play a relative of the family at the center of the comedy. The show, which dealt with the death of John Ritter's character in an hour-long episode that aired earlier this month, is on hiatus until after Thanksgiving, but production on Spade's episodes will probably begin next month. A spokeswoman for producer Touchstone TV said Wednesday it is unclear when the episodes will air.
Bob Barker Celebrates 80th Birthday on TV
Bob Barker, host the of the longest-running game show in television will preside over The Price is Right Million Dollar Spectacular, a CBS special airing Dec. 13, at 8 p.m. EST--a day after Barker's 80th birthday. During the show, contestants will have a chance to spin the Big Wheel for $1 million and showcase showdown winner will win the largest amount in cash and prizes ever won by a single contestant in the The Price is Right's32-year history. According to the AP, the show will air videotaped greetings from CBS show stars, including Ray Romano, David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Ted Danson and Charlie Sheen.
Role Call: Ang Lee To Helm Gay Western
As a follow-up to the Hollywood blockbuster The Hulk, director Ang Lee will helm Brokeback Mountain, a gay western about a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy who find themselves unexpectedly falling in love in the plains of Wyoming and Texas in the 1960s. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is based on a story by Pulitzer prize-winning author E Annie Proulx.