Awards Season 2012

by (@seapeaz)

Who Is Berenice Bejo? The Artist’s Charismatic Ingenue Kicks Off 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.

Who: Berenice Bejo

Age: 35

What she did before 2011: Born in Argentina and raised in France, Berenice started her acting career appearing in French television movies and series as well as films on the big screen. She made her American film debut in A Knight’s Tale (2001) and in 2006 met her husband, Artist director Michel Hazanavicius when she co-starred in his French spy parody OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (also starring The Artist’s Jean Dujardin).

Why we’re paying attention now: In 2011, Berenice starred in The Artist, which is not only a favorite with critics, but also a super entertaining movie, despite apparent strikes against its mass appeal — namely being silent, black-and-white and from France. While in London promoting the movie, Berenice revealed that she didn’t have to audition for the role of Peppy Miller because she inspired the character. And from what we’ve seen of her in interviews and on red carpets, she does seem very like the generous, optimistic young actress she plays in the movie. After picking up trophies left and right (from the Golden Globes to the Golden Collar), Berenice, Jean, Michel and the film itself are all nominated for Oscars.

What’s next? Berenice is starring in the upcoming French film Populaire set to release later this year.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

George Clooney And Brad Pitt: Hollywood’s Greatest Bromance

Kim and Kris, Russell and Katy, Demi and Ashton…We all know it’s been pretty rough out there for celebrity couples. But through it all, there’s one duo who has never faltered. We’re of course talking about BBFs George Clooney and Brad Pitt. These first teamed up on the big screen in 2001′s Ocean’s 11, and they’ve been tight ever since. “Brad is one of the great guys,” George recently told the Hollywood Reporter. Sadly, it seems like their bromance is mostly a long distance affair. “We’re good friends, but it’s different from what people think—meaning we don’t spend a lot of time together. He has been to my home in Como; we motorcycle together. But until recently, I hadn’t seen Brad in a year.” Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Or something like that!

But seriously, these dudes really seem to care about each other, and the enjoyment they get from each other’s company is clear in every picture. They’ve shared screen time, and now for the first time their sharing Oscar nominations! Clooney got the nod for his role as the “back-up parent” in The Descendants, and Brad for his portrayal of Oakland A’s manager and stats wiz Billy Beane in Moneyball. So in honor of their duel moment of glory, let’s take a look back at their most adorably bromantic photos. Enjoy!

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[Photo: Splash News Online]

by (@shalapitcher)

Uggie’s Golden Collar Win Nudges The Artist Closer To Oscar Glory

After The Artist won seven of the top prizes at Sunday’s BAFTAs, we were pretty much ready to put all our money on the black-and-white silent French film to take home Oscar gold at the end of the month. But last night’s victory for the movie made our decision final: Uggie won the first ever Golden Collar Award for Best Dog in a Theatrical Film. Well, duh. We’re pretty sure that Dog News Daily came up with the idea for the awards show (held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, California) when the 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier got onstage at the Golden Globes and stole the show.

Anyway, if the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and the BAFTAs are well-known predictors for Oscar glory, then this new ceremony is surely nipping at their heels. And that apparently has Hugo director Martin Scorsese worried. He (jokingly, we think) launched a successful campaign to get his movie’s Doberman pincher Blackie a last-minute nomination.
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by (@shalapitcher)

BAFTA Awards: Hot Stuff And Hot Messes Across The Pond

The fact that the British Film and Television Awards took place on the same day as the Grammys probably only annoys folks like us, who would really like to be giving both events our full attention. And so it goes that we basically ignored the U.K.’s Oscars, missing adorable speeches from The Artist’s Jean Dujardin and Michel Hazanavicius (whose Best Actor and Best Director wins were two of seven awards for the film), and not catching that cute moment in which Best Actress winner Meryl Streep lost her shoe climbing the stairs to the stage and Colin Firth ran to get it for her and place it on her feet. Until now, of course. On the red carpet, there were a handful of A-listers, a few Mad Men and Downton Abbey faves, and a lot of Brits that haven’t fully crossed over to the states yet. To our slight disappointment, there weren’t too many total fashion fails, but we managed to find a few (Oh, Christina Hendricks, why must you do that to your body?). Mostly, though, we saw some sexy strutting from the likes of Viola Davis, Christina Ricci and Brad Pitt. See for yourself who was hot, and who was just a hot mess, in the gallery below.

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[Photos: Getty Images]

by (@shalapitcher)

A George Clooney-Stacy Keibler Relationship Update

Assuming the camera don’t lie, George Clooney and Stacy Keibler are still going strong. They were snapped leaving Dan Tana’s Italian Restaurant in Los Angeles last night, and Splash News reports that George blasted the awaiting paparazzi with an air horn hidden under his hat. He and Stacy appear to be laughing at the prank in the car in the pic above. And maybe they’re also laughing at rumors that her time with George will come to an end once the Oscars are over and she’s no longer needed to be his red carpet arm candy.

We’re not sure what to make of the theory that they’re faking it for the cameras. On the one hand, the two do look great together in their awards-show finery, and the relationship has certainly upped her status. On the other, do two such beautiful, confident people really need to have a fake relationship for the cameras? Seems silly, when they could obviously win hearts for real. On the other, other hand (gossip is a many-limbed beast), they could have had a real thing for a while, but then when they eventually realized that they’re not right for each other, they didn’t want a breakup to distract from his Oscar campaign. God, that sounds even more cynical than the first hand.
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by (@seapeaz)

Brad Pitt’s Hair-volution: Honoring Brad’s Award-Worthy Hair

Is there anything more perfect than Oscar nominee Brad Pitt? He’s got the perfect wife, perfect career, perfect kids, perfect smile, perfect muscular physique and … let’s stop there, because while we could go on all day, we’re pretty sure none of you need convincing. Even his fashion missteps are perfect, in their own special way! It’s true. We can’t entirely fault Brad for those long bleached blonde locks (it was the ’90s) or even the Kate Gosselin-styled ‘do (also ’90s!). And no one else could rock a scraggly, dreaded beard more grandly than Pitt. Also, most of his, shall we say, less-than-ideal stylings were for a role, or for saving New Orleans, or something. That’s why we are awarding Brad Pitt with TheFABlife’s prestigious Perfect Hair Award (we’ll be on standby if Brad wants to give us an acceptance speech.).

Oh, to be a follicle on that perfectly shaped scalp, or a faint bit of stubble along his perfectly chiseled jawline, but we digress. Check out Brad’s Hair-volution through the years and tell us which look is your fave!

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by (@hallekiefer)

Viola Davis Looks Naturally Fierce For Her L.A. Times Magazine Cover

Viola Davis has been consistently killing it in 2012,  and we aren’t even factoring in the Oscar nomination. That would just be unfair. From plunging hot pink at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards to fiery fitted red at the National Board of Reviews Awards Gala, The Help star deserves all the Best Dressed awards she can fit in her arms, which are also pretty banging.

Viola’s new L.A. Times Magazine cover is, however, definitely our favorite, what with Davis rocking her natural hair and a series of edgy black couture looks from designers Jason Wu, Marchesa and Lady Gaga favorite Thierry Mugler. Check out the rest of the photo shoot, but be warned: it will make you want to melt down all your jewelry and fashion Viola a little gold statuette. Don’t do it though. It’ll make the one we sent her seem way less impressive.

[Photo: The L.A. Times Magazine/ Getty Images]

by (@JordanRuntagh)

30 Oscar Winners Who Have Also Been Nominated For Razzies


Do your movies keep filling up the direct-to-DVD dollar bin? Do they often complete the phrase “the worst film since…”? Do they make less money than we did that time we went to a Coinstar? Well, don’t let that get you down, because you could still be in the running for Oscar glory! Every year, the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation names the most terrible films and performances of the year. Sure, it’s gotta hurt to be named the absolute worst of Hollywood, but just know that you’re in surprisingly good company. Check out the gallery below to see some Oscar winners who have also been up for a Razzie!

[Photo: Getty Images]

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by (@missmuttoo)

7 Questionable Looks From The 2012 SAG Awards Red Carpet

It’s unfortunate that three ladies from Glee have made it to this SAG Awards list but we can assure you that they’re all on for very valid reasons. We’ll tackle Lea Michele first. It’s odd that she’s on here because she’s been doing so well with red carpet fashion lately, but our problem with her silver-grey Versace get-up she chose tonight is that it washed her out. A brighter lip, perhaps? A different colored shoe? But our biggest issue is with that hip-high slit, which looked tacky. Diva, please!

Then there’s Heather Morris, whose Masai Payan dress just doesn’t work because one half looks like it’s made from pleather and the other half is sheer panels that look confused. Her hairstyle ages her unnecessarily, too. Finishing up the trio is Jenna Ushkowitz in Rebecca Minkoff. The mixture of florals and the sheer paneling, again, makes it a fail.

Rose Byrne wore one of her favorite designers (Elie Saab) but picked a white jumpsuit completely encrusted with sequins, slashed down the front. We have a problem with jumpsuits on red carpets as it is, and this one is just not good. We also don’t know what Busy Philipps was thinking? That much boho is a no-no. We wouldn’t wear this to the beach, let alone an awards show. Shailene Woodley wore a floral L’Wren Scott, but didn’t pay much attention to her hair or makeup. As a result, the dress looked a bit like an arts and crafts project on her. Rounding up the list is Kaley Cuoco whose feathered Ramona Keveza combined with the braided hair borders on milkmaid territory. Could any of these looks be salvaged, or should they just be savaged? Let us know in the comments section!

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by (@missmuttoo)

Did Natalie Portman Make A Return To Form On The SAG Awards Red Carpet?

We’ve missed Natalie Portman. She’s mostly been on the down low since the birth of her son, Aleph, and the lack of her presence on red carpets has been felt. After her so-so apperance at the Golden Globes, she appeared at the 2012 SAG Awards in this burgundy Giambattista Valli gown. We’re quite in love with it. It’s simple, the color is unusual, and the drape is perfect. She accessorized the outfit with gorgeous Harry Winston jewels and a sparkling Judith Leiber clutch. While we think that Natalie has finally made a return to form, there are a couple of questions we’d like to pose to you. Is it too simple? Is the detailing at the bodice too frou-frou and busy? Should she have worn something around her neck as well? Or are you agreeing with us and think that Natalie rocked the red carpet like only she can? Let us know your views in the comments section.

[Photos: Getty Images]

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