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Posts for February 7th 2011
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Colin Firth, James Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Javier Bardem, Jeff Bridges, and Jesse Eisenberg were among the best actor nominees who dressed up for today's Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills. The men joined the female contenders for a celebratory afternoon, but before sitting down for the meal, they stopped by the interview room to chat with the press. James Franco talked about what he and Anne Hathaway will bring to the table as cohosts at this year's ceremony, while Jesse Eisenberg sang the praises of Mark Zuckerberg, whom he met for the first time earlier this month. Javier, who was spotted admiring Natalie Portman's engagement ring and congratulating her inside the luncheon, said he felt "protected" by his circle of famous friends and fans. While this year's competition in both the leading and supporting categories is stiff, Jeff said he thinks Colin will take home the award for best actor in a leading role for his work in The King's Speech.
Best Actress Contenders Talk Method Acting and Oscar Fashion at the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon
This year's best actress Oscar nominees stepped out today at the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills. Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Hailee Steinfeld, Helena Bonham Carter, and Melissa Leo all stopped by the interview room to talk about their Oscar-nominated performances, awards-season style, and why their roles spoke to them. Amy said she had great respect for costar Christian Bale's method approach to acting, and Natalie said being "drawn to the world of dance" attracted her to Black Swan. Meanwhile, a Chanel-clad Michelle said she missed her Blue Valentine costar Ryan Gosling, who wasn't at the luncheon. Surprisingly, he didn't score a nod for his work in the movie.
Talk also turned to awards-season style, and Nicole said her daughter, Sunday Rose, is a fan of "pretty dresses" and will likely have a big say in her Oscar night look. She said, "Fingers crossed. I might be wearing a tutu!" Helena also made light of her own fashion plans, saying that while she promises not to wear mismatched shoes to the ceremony, her outfit will still "probably be a catastrophe." While she and most of the other female nominees are by no means newcomers to the Hollywood scene, True Grit's Hailee and Winter's Bone star Jennifer are both enjoying newfound fame as actors. In fact, Jennifer said this will be the first time she misses her tradition of watching the show over linguine with her best friend!
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James Franco Chats Oscar Hosting Duties and His "Painful" 127 Hours Experience at the Oscar Nominees Lunch
A clean-shaven James Franco stopped by the interview room at today's Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in LA. The 127 Hours star is not only nominated for best actor this year but will also be cohosting the Oscars alongside Anne Hathaway. James chatted about the sometimes excruciating job of playing hiker Aron Ralston on screen and about bringing a younger and fresher vibe to this year's big award show. He said:
- On whether he got hurt on the 127 Hours set: "There was a lot of physical pain, and Danny [Boyle, the director] knew that it was going to cause a lot of pain. And I asked him after we did the movie, 'How did you know how far you could push it?' Because it’s a shame; I had bruises, scars . . . and there were some shots of my bare arm, and it looked like track marks, and that was the Trainspotting Boyle, got me hooked on heroin or something. So I had plenty of scars. And Danny said he looks at the actor, and that the actor will say when it’s too far."
- On the first scenes they filmed: "We shot the movie pretty much in order. One of the first scenes is where the boulder has fallen on the character’s hand. And Danny said, 'Go at it and don’t stop till I say.' And I said, 'OK, I’m going to get bruised.' And the conversation was [that] I’m going to get beat up. I said, 'OK, I’m willing to do it, but let’s make sure we get it in one take.' . . . It was 22 minutes, all bashing into a rock . . . and that’s what we kind of figured out. Oh, that works. Those long takes work. That makes it real. Not only am I feeling physical pain, but I’m getting exhausted. It became less of a facade I put on and more of an experience that I went through."
- On cohosting the Oscars with Anne: "[When the announcement was made] A lot of the reaction was, 'Oh, an obvious ploy by the Academy to bring in younger viewers.' And yeah. Duh! Is that a bad thing? . . . I think there's a little bit of the old, a little bit of the new. I think a lot of the show will definitely be about bringing in a fresh crop of movie viewers — but also one of the backbones, or arcs, of the show is to appreciate the history of film; bridge the gap between the older generation and younger generation."
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Justin Timberlake loaded up his trunk after shopping at a Whole Foods in LA yesterday. He kicked off his weekend by partying with Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher in Dallas, but it looks like JT was home in time to host his own Super Bowl bash. Justin has attended and even performed during halftime at games in the past, but this year the Black Eyed Peas were charged with entertaining the fans. Lately, Justin has been more focused on his acting than his singing and has been logging long hours on the set of Now. He'll hopefully get a break to make one last award season appearance to support The Social Network at the Oscars — don't forget to fill out Buzz's Academy Awards ballot for a chance to win a big-screen TV!
Natalie Portman Talks Dressing Her Baby Bump and Being "Drawn to the World of Dance" at the Oscars Nominee Luncheon
Natalie Portman looked beautiful wearing a teal, empire waist dress and red satin pumps in the interview room at today's 83rd Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in LA. The expecting and engaged best actress nominee was quick to remind people what awards season is really all about, though, when one reporter asked what she might wear to the Oscars. "It’s certainly all about leaving space for growth, but is always surprising, also, that that’s become the conversation instead of the movies now: what you are wearing."
Talk soon turned to Natalie's critically acclaimed work when an Oscars fan on Facebook asked why she chose her Black Swan role. "I think I was really drawn to the world of dance itself. I always just thought it such a compelling expression through movement not through words," she said. "There's something very internal and true about dance as a mode of expression, and this character finding her artistic voice was something I was really interested by, where men are the directors and women are the stars in a very controlled way. So to find this woman kind of breaking out of that was very interesting to me."
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