Oscars 2012

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 (@hallekiefer)

Is Sacha Baron Cohen Really Banned From The Oscars Over A Dictator Stunt?

Oscars season wouldn’t be Oscars season without a little irreverence; who didn’t love it when South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone cross-dressed for the 2000 Oscars? No one. According to Deadline, however, the Academy has pulled Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Oscars tickets, effectively banning him from the event, after rumors suggested that the Hugo star planned to walk the red carpet as his character from the upcoming film The Dictator. What, is the Academy afraid Cohen will ruin the dignified tone of the event? You guys know you’re letting the Muppets present, right? They are just people’s hands! Covered with really intricate gloves!

If they really want to ban a character from Sunday’s proceedings, might we recommend Mike Myers‘ deeply off-putting Cecil Worthington, an etiquette coach who terrorizes Kevin Kline with fun-sized Snickers and us with that comb over in today’s new Funny or Die Oscar promo? Seems like a double standard to embrace some freaks and not the others! Unless the Academy is concerned about dealing with camel poop, in which case…they are probably in the right.

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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)

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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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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