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Oscar Flashback: Red Carpet Memories From 2011′s Nominees

While some first-time nominees like Christian Bale have never attended the Oscars, plenty of this year’s crop have been red carpet regulars. Nicole Kidman‘s first time at the Academy Awards was just over twenty years ago, back when she was Tom Cruise‘s arm candy. “I just was like absolutely stunned,” she said recently. “It was like the biggest thing I had ever seen. I couldn’t believe how loud the photographers were.” Do you remember which Best Actor hopeful brought his mom the first time he was up for the trophy ten years? Or which two ladies up for a trophy in 2011 previously competed against each other in 2006? Find out all this and more—like who went with Ed Begley Jr. right before hooking up with her future husband—by checking out the gallery below.

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Who Took Home Trophies At The 2011 Golden Globes (And What Was Up With Nat Port’s Laugh)?

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Did you forget to watch the 2011 Golden Globes this evening? Well, aside from missing out on Ricky Gervais committing career hara kiri in front of an audience filled with Hollywood’s biggest power players, you missed a whole bunch of acceptance speeches with varying levels of grace and aplomb.

Before we get into the tonight’s full list of winners, we would be remiss if we didn’t call attention to Natalie Portman’s bizarre laugh. As TheFABLife buddy Molly Lambert over at This Recording noted on Twitter, Portman’s guttural guffaw sounded a lot like Charlene Yi in Knocked Up. Practice your laugh game before the Oscars, girl!

And now, for the winners…

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Critic Slams Winners On Stage At NY Film Critics’ Circle Awards

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The New York PressArmond White reaffirmed his rep as the world’s angriest film critic at last night’s NY Film Critics’ Circle Awards, throwing barbs at any movie that dared to win despite him hating it. Some on-stage highlights from the circle’s chair:

  • White suggested presenter Tony Kushner, awarding Best Picture to The Social Network, could “explain why it won.”—because Armond hated it.
  • White only discussed the 2004 film Land Of Plenty when introducing Blue Valentine‘s Michelle Williams. “I can’t imagine what you’ve said about me since then if you had to go back that far to say something nice,” she responded.
  • White muttered “at least Greenberg didn’t win anything,” having previously suggested in print that director Noah Baumbach‘s mother should have had a “retroactive abortion.”

Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky got off a good one back (“Keep it up, you give us a reason to never read the New York Press“), to which White responded, “he reads me, he knows the truth.” But Best Actress winner Annette Bening was not amused, reportedly crying a variation on “can’t we all get along?” during her acceptance speech.

See the shuddering stars who braved White’s barrage in the gallery below. This Friday’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards should be a breeze after this!

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The Top Five Races To Watch For At The 2011 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, silly, we’re not talking about the holidays; who can concentrate on those when it’s officially Awards Season? While we’re still a month or so away from learning who the nominees for the 82nd Annual Oscars will be, the awards race was jumpstarted this morning when we announced the list of actors, actresses and films that were chosen as the nominees for the 2011 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. This program, which will air live on VH1 on Friday, January 14 at 9pm ET, has developed a reputation as being the most accurate predictor of Academy Award nominations of any award show out there. And, as you’ll see from the complete list of 2011 Critics’ Choice Awards nominees, the evening promises to be a star-studded affair with many interesting subplots that will make a huge difference once the Oscars roll around. Follow along as we highlight the Top Five Races To Watch For at this year’s ceremony!

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