Awards Season 2012

by (@seapeaz)

Octavia Spencer Wins Awards And Our Hearts (With Pie) During Breakout Actress Week

Awards season has long been the perfect time for the movie industry’s fresh faces to gain exposure at movie premieres, on red carpets and in a barrage of print and TV interviews. Often, it’s when we first become aware of young actresses, like Oscar nominees Hailee Steinfeld and Jennifer Lawrence last year. This year, it’s not just teenagers catching our eye; a few ladies who’ve been around for decades are finally getting their due as well. All week long, we at TheFablife are saluting these women and looking forward to what they’ll bring us after the last statuettes are handed out on Sunday. We’ve looked at Berenice Bejo’s, Shailene Woodley’s, Melissa McCarthy’s, Rooney Mara’s and Jessica Chastain’s big moments so far, and now we turn to …

Who: Octavia Spencer

Age: 39

What she did before 2011: A graduate of Auburn University, Octavia knew she wanted to work in the film industry, but had no idea it would end up being in front of the camera. Her film debut was appearing as a nurse in 1996′s A Time To Kill; though she was initially hired to work on the movie’s casting. After her first role, Octavia continued acting and has appeared in over 80 movies and television shows including Never Been Kissed, Being John Malkovich, The X-Files, Big Momma’s House, Bad Santa, Ugly Betty and Seven Pounds.

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by (@seapeaz)

Jessica Chastain Is Everywhere — Including In Our Breakout Actress Week!

Awards season has long been the perfect time for the movie industry’s fresh faces to gain exposure at movie premieres, on red carpets and in a barrage of print and TV interviews. Often, it’s when we first become aware of young actresses, like Oscar nominees Hailee Steinfeld and Jennifer Lawrence last year. This year, it’s not just teenagers catching our eye; a few ladies who’ve been around for decades are finally getting their due as well. All week long, we at TheFablife are saluting these women and looking forward to what they’ll bring us after the last statuettes are handed out on Sunday. We’ve looked at Berenice Bejo’s, Shailene Woodley’sMelissa McCarthy’s and Rooney Mara’s big moments so far, and now we turn to …

Who: Jessica Chastain

Age: 30

What she did before 2011: A graduate of the Juilliard School, Jessica started her acting career in theater and broke onto the small screen in 2004 appearing in hit television shows like, ER, Veronica Mars and Law & Order. In 2008 she made her film debut starring in Jolene.

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by (@hallekiefer)

30 Greatest Oscar Fashion Flops Of All Time

In addition to the films and the accolades, the Oscars have a long, illustrious history as a place where questionable celebrity fashion goes to die. While assembling our Academy Awards fashion flops list, we realized that, sure, there are always going to be standbys like Cher or Nicole Kidman who reach for the stars, only to land on the Worst-Dressed List. More surprising, however, are the normally smoking-hot stars who somehow manage to biff it super hard on the red carpet. Scarlett Johansson? Kate Winslet? Natalie Portman? Were your stylists out sick … forever? We also discovered that 2004 was an inexplicably terrible year for Oscars gowns. We have no idea why. Don’t take our word for it, though; check out our gallery of worst Oscars looks ever, and tell us which outfit makes you cringe the most.

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Related: The 25 Most Memorable Oscar Acceptance Speeches Of The Past 25 Years
The 30 Hottest Oscar Red-Carpet Styles Ever

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by (@shalapitcher)

The Artist Inspires WAG Awards, Slapstick Spoofs And More Silliness

I’m pretty sure, back during Cannes last year, or whenever it was when people started talking about some French, silent, black-and-white movie about the glory days of silent, black-and-white movies, I’m not the only one who put The Artist near the bottom of my list of movies I should probably check out because they’re good for me, somewhere between the Republican presidential debates and those Michael Pollan books I bought that one time. And now, here we all are, counting it as one of the few nominated movies that’s actually fun to watch, without being all maudlin and important. And some of us have kind of been wishing more of next year’s movies would take a hint: Be entertaining! Let lesser-known actors have a chance! And oh, use more dogs! Above, you’ll find the amazing work of our Best Week Ever colleagues, who watched thousands (maybe) of hours of dog movies to find the performances that match up to Uggie’s brilliance and deserve our first ever WAG Awards. Grab a tissue or 100 for that In Memoriam section.

And below, our friends at NextMovie took their Artist-ic inspiration in another direction, re-imagining all the other Best Picture nominees as black-and-white, silent films with that really silly old-timey music. George Clooney’s Descendants running scene never looked so funny.
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by (@missmuttoo)

Rooney Mara And Her Dragon Tattoo Storm The Red Carpets For Breakout Actress Week

Rooney Mara is everywhere these days, thanks to her breakout role as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo released last year. The actress’ turn as the ass-kicking computer hacker also earned her an Oscar nod, and we can’t wait to see what she’ll be wearing this Sunday. Mara isn’t the only new (or new to us) face stepping out this awards season. During our Breakout Actress week, we’ve so far looked at the meteoric career graphs of Melissa McCarthy, Berenice Bejo and Shailene Woodley, and today it’s Mara’s turn to grab the spotlight.

Who: Rooney Mara

Age: 26

What she did before 2012: Rooney’s been acting since 2005, popping on our TVs with roles on ER and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit before a brief but notable performance as Erica Albright, a.k.a. the girl who broke Mark Zuckerberg’s heart in 2010′s The Social Network. Rooney also had roles in 2009′s Friends With Benefits and A Nightmare On Elm Street.

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by (@katespencer)

The 25 Most Memorable Oscar Acceptance Speeches Of The Past 25 Years

With the Academy Awards just weeks away, we popped 100 bags of popcorn and spent some quality time ruining our eyes in front of the computer, tracking down the most memorable Oscar acceptance speeches of the past 25 years. From the heartfelt to the sentimental to the downright weird, there are plenty that stand out from the pack. We also took to the red carpet and asked celebs what they think makes a perfect acceptance speech. Bryan Cranston, Allyson Hannigan and a slew of hilarious celebrities-turned-awards-show-critics offered up their advice.

But some trophy recipients might learn better by example, so to help them out, we present in no particular order, the nominees for the Most Memorable Oscar Acceptance Speeches of the Past 25 Years:

1. James Cameron, Best Director – Titanic, 1998
Burned in our brains because: Cameron actually shouts “I’m the king of the world!” at the end, which is both adorable and annoying.

2. Julia Roberts, Best Actress – Erin Brockovich, 2001 
Burned in our brains because: It’s Julia at her most giggly, goofy and grinny.

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by (@shalapitcher)

Melissa McCarthy: The Comedy Vet Turns Oscar Darling In Breakout Actress Week

Awards season has long been the perfect time for the movie industry’s fresh faces to gain exposure at movie premieres, on red carpets and in a barrage of print and TV interviews. Often, it’s when we first become aware of young actresses, like Oscar nominees Hailee Steinfeld and Jennifer Lawrence last year. This year, it’s not just teenagers catching our eye; a few ladies who’ve been around for decades are finally getting their due as well. All week long, we at TheFablife are saluting these women and looking forward to what they’ll bring us after the last statuettes are handed out on Sunday. We’ve looked at Berenice Bejo’s and Shailene Woodley’s big moments so far, and now it’s time for one of the year’s most welcome surprises …

Who: Melissa McCarthy

Age: 41

What she did before 2011: A whole lot, actually. The Groundlings alumna was a cult fave as Sookie on Gilmore Girls and a co-star on Samantha Who? before landing the lead role as a fourth-grade teacher who falls in love at Overeaters Anonymous in CBS’ Mike & Molly in 2010. That little gig won her the Emmy last year, and her acceptance speech was one of the highlights of this long awards season.

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by (@shalapitcher)

Adele, Rihanna, Jessie J Get Cheeky At Brit Awards

We have a theory: Adele and the Brit Awards producers must have known that no one would treat “Adele wins” as a big headline-worthy deal this week, after she swept the Grammys last week. So they purposely cut her off during her acceptance speech, and she flipped them the bird. Yep. That worked! The triumphant songstress’ middle finger livened up her otherwise risk-free appearance, but other stars at last night’s show let their gowns (or lack thereof) do the talking. For her performance, Rihanna switched out her breathtaking, beaded gold gown for a sweatshirt and some boxer brief. Jessie J flashed us her underpants through a gauzy, flamenco-style red gown. And Florence Welch looked a bit like wild animals tried to rip her dress off her — but the look kind of worked on the energetic singer. It was a night when risks paid off, after all.

Check out the looks that wowed us, and a few that we’d like to splash with some of Coldplay’s Day-Glo paint, just to liven things up a bit.

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by (@shalapitcher)

Who Is Shailene Woodley? The Descendants Star Brings Us To Tears For Breakout Actress Week

Awards season has long been the perfect time for the movie industry’s fresh faces to gain exposure at movie premieres, on red carpets and in a barrage of print and TV interviews. Often, it’s when we first become aware of young actresses, like Oscar nominees Hailee Steinfeld and Jennifer Lawrence last year. This year, it’s not just teenagers catching our eye; a few ladies who’ve been around for decades are finally getting their due as well. All week long, we at TheFablife are saluting these women and looking forward to what they’ll bring us after the last statuettes are handed out on Sunday. Berenice Bejo kicked things off yesterday, and now we turn to …

Who: Shailene Woodley

Age: 21

What she did before 2011: Shailene was a pro before she turned 10, landing a number of guest roles before playing Kaitlin Cooper in The O.C. (she was later replaced by Willa Holland because, in her words, she didn’t hit puberty soon enough). Since 2008 she’s been starring as the original Teen Mom, Amy Jeurgens in ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

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Why we’re paying attention now: As George Clooney’s daughter Alex in The Descendants, she manages to be a smart-ass teen and a mature, relatable girl as she learns her mother isn’t going to come out of a coma. We dare you not to sob during her underwater scene.

“She’s not just a really great actress,” Clooney told VH1 at the CCMAs. “She’s like a really normal smart young woman. I’m really impressed with her.”
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by (@JordanRuntagh)

The 30 Hottest Oscar Red-Carpet Styles Ever

Oscar season is in the air! Can’t you hear the limos purr, the paparazzos scream, and the wrap-it-up music swirl? That’s right, it’s nearly time for the biggest night in movies, when we see who is the fairest in all of Hollywoodland. But performances aren’t the only thing being judged at the Academy Awards. Fans and trend-spotters scrutinize every little thing that the stars wear, so A-listers make sure to don their most stylish and classy duds for their stroll across the ultimate red carpet. Some outfits are tasteless, but others are timeless. Check out the gallery below for the most fab styles to ever grace that crimson carpet. All your favorites are there, from classic silver-screen sirens like Audrey Hepburn to modern-day stunners like Charlize Theron and Sandra Bullock. Take a look!

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