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Halle Berry is our “Hollywood Actress of the Week” – Photo Gallery

Our selected star to be included in our “Hollywood Actress of the Week Photo Gallery” is Halle Berry. Halle Maria Berry born August 14, 1966 is an American actress and former fashion model.

Berry received an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, and an NAACP Image Award for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and won an Academy Award for Best Actress and was nominated for a BAFTA Award in 2001 for her performance in Monster’s Ball, becoming the first and only woman of African American descent to have won the award for Best Actress. She is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood and has been involved in the production side of several of the films in which she performed. Berry is also a Revlon spokesmodel.
Before becoming an actress, Berry entered several beauty contests, finishing as the 1st runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant (1986), and coming in 6th place in the Miss World Pageant in 1986. She made her film debut in 1991 with a brief appearance in Jungle Fever. Her breakthrough was in 1992′s Boomerang, which led to roles in films such as The Flintstones (1994) and Bulworth (1998). In addition to her Academy Award win, the 21st century brought a new level of prominence to Berry, with roles in films such as Storm in the X-Men film series (2000-present), Die Another Day (2002), where she played Bond Girl Jinx, and Cloud Atlas (2012). She also won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress in 2005 for Catwoman and accepted the award in person, one of the few people to do so. This week her movie “the Call” won at the box office.
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Analyzing Oscar’s Potential Leading and Supporting Ladies

Trying to sand down the rough slate that is the Actress categories is an intimidating task.  The past few years, the category has produced the likes of Natalie Portman in her career-topping performance in Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” and Marion Cotillard’s transformation like no other in the Foreign Language film, La Vie en Rose.

Oscar Night Red Carpet Fashion Announcements

HollywoodNews.com: Academy Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actress, Janet McTeer and “China’s Leading Lady,” Li Bingbing, will both wear individually-customized, American alligator and exotic leather, haute couture, diamond pave, LANA MARKS Brand Cleopatra Clutches during their camera-clicking Red Carpet walks at the 84th Annual Oscar Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday.
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120226/CL59772 )
Based in Palm Beach, FL, Lana J. Marks has been a fashion fixture on Oscar’s Red Carpet for more than a decade. She is one of the world’s most-prestigious designers of elegant, exquisite and expensive handbags and accessories, according to many top fashion magazine editors. LANA MARKS Brand haute couture Collections are commissioned and worn by princesses, U.S. presidential first ladies and Hollywood celebrities.
CAST OF CLEOPATRA CLUTCH CELEBRITIES
Cleopatra Clutches are valued as high as $400,000.00. They are the most sought-after Oscar Night haute couture handbags; worn by Academy Award-Winning actresses, nominees, presenters and motion picture icons. Cleopatra Clutch Celebrities have included Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Winslet.
In 2007, Mirren won the “Best Actress Award” for her role as “Queen Elizabeth II.” As she stepped-up to the microphone for her acceptance speech, Mirren held the Cleopatra Clutch in her hand for the world to see and proclaimed, “Here I am…with my purse.”
LANA MARKS’ Cleopatra Clutch design was inspired by Elizabeth Taylor’s starring role in the 1963 epic motion picture, “Cleopatra.”
OSCAR FIRST: TWO CLEOPATRA CLUTCHES ON RED CARPET
This is the first time Lana J. Marks has provided two Cleopatra Clutches to actresses attending the Academy Awards Ceremony.
As in the case of McTeer, Marks typically provides a custom Cleopatra Clutch to a nominee or presenter. However, this year, she is furnishing a second Cleopatra Clutch to Li Bingbing; because she is the first Chinese actress to be invited to the Oscar Ceremonies; and because Marks is expanding her enterprise in China. Marks opened her first China boutique in Beijing 18 months ago. Marks will open a second boutique in China’s capital city on March 10, 2012 and her first Shanghai boutique on March 11, 2012.
JANET MCTEER, OSCAR NOMINATED BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
In the film “Albert Nobbs,” British actress Janet McTeer stars opposite Glenn Close as a cross-dressing lesbian in 1890s Ireland. Close has been nominated for the Academy’s Best Actress Award. This is McTeer’s second Oscar nomination. She is a two-time Tony Award Winner.
LI BINGBING: “CHINA’S LEADING LADY”
Li Bingbing is the most-famous actress in [...]

Test Your Academy Awards Know-How

By Beck/Smith
HollywoodNews.com:
The waiting is almost over for Hollywood’s biggest night of the year! With the 84th Academy Awards coming up tomorrow (Feb. 26), it’s time to test your Oscar show know-how. Here’s our Oscar Quiz, with a little gossip, a little trivia and a few blush-worthy moments mixed in:
1) Which of last year’s winners failed to return from the bar fast enough, got locked out of the Kodak Theater during the awards, and missed a costar’s win? A. Melissa Leo B. Colin Firth C. Christian Bale
2) This is Billy Crystal’s ninth Oscar show hosting, but he has a ways to go before surpassing Bob Hope’s record of Academy Awards emceeing. How many times did Hope host? A. 12 B. 18 C. 21
3) This past Oscar nominee crashed the Academy’s Board of Governor’s Ball wearing rumpled cotton slacks and a Hawaiian shirt. A. Johnny Depp B. Bill Murray C. Djimon Hounsou
4) This Best Actor Oscar winner’s acceptance speech, thanking his high school drama teacher, a gay man, is said to have been the inspiration for Kevin Kline’s “In and Out” movie. A. Richard Dreyfuss for “The Goodbye Girl” B. Tom Hanks for “Philadelphia” C. Russell Crowe for “Gladiator”
5 ) Which of this year’s “The Help” acting nominees was the parole board member questioning Danny Ocean (George Clooney) in the opening scene of “Ocean’s Eleven?” A. Jessica Chastain B. Octavia Spencer C. Viola Davis
6 ) Hal Holbrook and Ruby Dee were nominees with a special distinction in the 80th Oscars. What did they have in common? A. They were the last two nominees born before the first Academy Awards. B. They were also both Emmy nominees that year. C. They both did voiceovers for Sears Financial Services.
7) The story goes that she won an Oscar, he was jealous, and it led to their breakup. A. Sandra Bullock and Jesse James B. Sally Field and Burt Reynolds C. Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
8 ) Which one of these portrayals did not involve partial nudity? A. Gwyneth Paltrow “Shakespeare in Love” B. Catherine Zeta-Jones “Chicago” C. Kathy Bates “About Schmidt”
9) Which Best Actress winner was so mortified to realize she’d forgotten to thank her husband in her acceptance speech, she spent the next year trying to rectify the slight? A. Halle Berry B. Hilary Swank C. Helen Hunt
10) After he dumped her on national TV, she showed up on the Oscar red carpet looking [...]

Past Oscar Fashions: Photo Gallery – Feb. 25, 2012

HollywoodNews.com: As the Oscars are all set to take place tomorrow, fans are looking forward to see what the glamorous women of Hollywood will be wearing.
So, Hollywood News is taking a look back at some of the fashions that hit the Oscar red carpet in the past.
From Angelina Jolie to Reese Witherspoon, the dresses are often what people are talking about the next day.
Enjoy the photo gallery below of past Oscar fashions!

This year, stars like Viola Davis, Rooney Mara and Michelle Williams will have their dress choices analyzed as they battle for the Best Actress Award.
But fans will also be looking to see what presenters like Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz and Natalie Portman choose to wear for the big night.

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Oscars: Could Glenn Close’s Irish win boost her Oscar profile? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Best Actress nominee Glenn Close could be in for a big Oscar telecast IF there are a large number of Irish voters in the Academy.
The Irish certainly took to Close’s performance as a Dublin manservant in “Albert Nobbs,” rewarding the actress with the Irish Film And Television Academy’s best international actress award Saturday evening. THR reports that she topped fellow Oscar nominee Meryl Streep (“The Iron Lady”) as well as Tilda Swinton (“We Need To Talk About Kevin”) and Kirsten Wiig (“Bridesmaids”) for the top prize.
In addition to Close, the Irish recognized Ryan Gosling (“Drive”) for best international actor; Michael Fassbender (“Shame”) for leading actor; Chris O’Down (“Bridesmaids” for best supporting actor; Saoirse Ronan (“Hanna”) for lead performance in film; “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” for best international film; and “The Guard” for virtually every other prize, including Best Director (John Michael McDonagh), best screenwriter and the Irish Film Board Rising Star.
But given that Close is the one with Oscar dreams, lets’ focus on her for a minute as the Oscars fast approach.
Close first played the character of Albert Nobbs in an off-Broadway production in 1982. Ever since, she has been fighting to bring the sympathetically tragic character to the silver screen.
I caught up with the film at the Toronto International Film Festival and found it to be a wonderful story of self-discovery, of finding love and loving oneself. I want to repost a portion of a lengthy discussion I had with Close at TIFF, as well as the actress’s acceptance speech from the Hollywood Film Awards, where we honored Close with the Hollywood Career Achievement Award.
Close hasn’t won the Best Actress Oscar … yet. Could this be her year?
HollywoodNews.com: You first played Albert on stage decades ago. How had your thought process changed over the years in terms of approaching her as a character?
I think the essence of the character is probably them same. It’s me! I’ve aged 30 years. And that’s bound to make for a deeper impact. And also, on film, film is such a much more intimate medium than the stage. It was very difficult. There were some scenes where I didn’t know how much to show in my face. I was always going to Rodrigo, “Am I saying too much?” The first time she really looks somebody in the eye is after telling Hubert her story. That’s kind [...]

Viola Davis, SAG winner, on “The Help,” Tate Taylor and Kathryn Stockett – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: By most accounts, this year’s Best Actress race boils down to “Doubt” co-stars Meryl Streep and Viola Davis, competing on behalf of their respective films “The Iron Lady” and “The Help.” Yet choosing a frontrunner has been difficult. Davis might take home a Critics’ Choice Movie Award, but Streep answers with a Golden Globe.
Sunday night, Davis reclaimed the “lead,” so to speak, with a SAG win in the category of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, and once again, the “Help” star appears to have Oscar’s edge.
With that in mind, we’re revisiting a conversation we had early in the Oscar season with Davis and her “Help” director Tate Taylor. We met in Atlanta, long before the film had reached theaters, and discussed Mississippi heat, Southern hospitality, and the importance of Kathryn Stockett’s novel.
Here’s SAG winner Viola Davis and her director, Tate Taylor:
HollywoodNews.com: Whether it’s true or not, Ms. Davis, I would just love for you to tell me that I am smart, that I am kind, and that I am important.
Viola Davis: [Laughs] Oh, absolutely. You are smart, and you are kind. And you are wearing a very nice jacket.
HollywoodNews.com: Well, I’ll take that, thank you very much. [Laughs] I need to be honest when I say that the film made me feel a little bit uncomfortable as I realized just how close this era of our nation’s history is to present day. I think in the back of our minds, we tend to say that this significant divide between the races happened oh so long ago, when that really isn’t the case.
Tate Taylor: Yes, but it’s still our history. I think Emma Stone actually said it, where in a lot of education systems in our country, this information is not taught. Emma said she basically knew about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., but had no idea about stories like this. So it wasn’t our intent to make anyone feel uncomfortable, but I think it’s great that later generations can now know about this.
HollywoodNews.com: Absolutely. And any sort of uncomfortableness, for me, broke in this fantastic uplifting scene where Viola, your character smiles as she recalls the first child she ever helped raise. It might be the first time we see your character smile in the film, and it was like helium filling the room and [...]

Oscar Nominees: Photo Gallery – Jan. 25, 2012

HollywoodNews.com: Oscar nominations came out yesterday, and now Hollywood is just waiting to hear who will come out a big winner for the big night.
With a number of stars, well-known and lesser known, nominated, Hollywood News is taking a look at some of the actors and actresses nominated in both lead and supporting roles.
Enjoy the gallery below!

Actors like George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Jean Dujardin will all be gunning after the Best Actor Award while Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara and Meryl Streep will battle against Viola Davis and Glenn Close to come out as the Best Actress.
In the supporting roles, Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy will be representing their films while Jonah Hill and Christopher Plummer will be hoping for a big night.

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Oscars: Nine surprises from this year’s nominations – ANALYSIS – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards were revealed this morning, with nine films making it into the fluid Best Picture race.
Jennifer Lawrence and Academy President Tom Sherak revealed that “The Artist,” “The Descendants,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “The Help,” “Hugo,” “Midnight In Paris,” “Moneyball,” “The Tree of Life” and “War Horse” will compete for Oscar’s top prize when Billy Crystal hosts this year’s ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.
In honor of the nine Best Picture nominees, here are the nine biggest surprises from this morning’s nominees:
1. “Hugo” earned more nominations than “The Artist”
That doesn’t mean Michel Hazanavicius’ film isn’t the frontrunner, as it earned nominations in the top categories including Picture, Director, Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Supporting Actress (Berenice Bejo, who had to hear her name butchered by Sherak). But Marty Scorsese’s film topped all contenders with 11 nominations, and that means something.
2. “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” represents
A late entry into the Oscar race, Stephen Daldry’s heartwrenching drama about a special needs boy (Thomas Horn) overcoming the loss of his father in the 9/11 terrorist attacks connected with enough Academy members to earn a Best Picture nomination, as well as a nod for the mighty Max Von Sydow. It also triggered the largest number of cry-baby Tweets from detractors, which are always fun to read.
3. Stephen Daldry’s Director streak is snapped
With nine Best Picture nominees and only five Best Director slots, some filmmakers had to be left out. Steven Spielberg (“War Horse”), Bennett Miller (“Moneyball”), Tate Taylor (“The Help”) and Daldry all saw their films earn Picture nods, but they missed the Director cut. For Daldry, it is the first time he has released a movie and has not been nominated.

4. Nick Nolte makes the cut!
Thankfully enough voters saw Gavin O’Connor’s grossly underrated “Warrior” to recognize Nolte’s tremendous performance.
5. Gary Oldman makes the cut!
Earning his first (FIRST!!) Oscar nomination. That, alone, is shocking. At least the Academy’s starting to wake up to this “newcomer.” (Side note: Thrilled that Demián Bichir scored a nom for “A Better Life.”)
6. Melissa McCarthy made the cut, as well!
So the “Bridesmaids” train didn’t carry the mega-comedy all the way to Best Picture, but it did churn up nominations for this year’s “It” girl, McCarthy, and a Screenplay nod for Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig.
7. Albert [...]

Oscars: Who from “The Help” will help themselves to an Oscar nod? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The women of “The Help” don’t mind telling us who they think should win at next month’s Academy Awards.
I’ll give you a hint: The winners of choice star in a little film you might have heard of called “The Help.”
In an amusing interview with E!, the outspoken Octavia Spencer – who has picked up Golden Globe and SAG nominations for her role in Tate Taylor’s crowd-pleasing film – cheerfully proclaimed, “Viola Davis deserves to be the Best Actress.” Not so biased, right?
As for her supporting actress category, Spencer said the winner should be “myself, Jessica Chastain or Melissa McCarthy. Or Carey Mulligan.”
So political! But that says something about this year. It will be harder for Academy members to choose a winner when the acting categories are expected to be brimming with legitimate talent. “The Help,” itself, boasts so many fantastic performances that the idea of singling out one lady over another would be too difficult.
Which is why, last October, we recognized the cast of “The Help” with our Hollywood Ensemble Award, recognizing Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Mary Steenburgen, and Cicely Tyson.
Davis spoke on behalf of her co-stars. It remains my favorite speech from the awards event. See for yourself, then sit back and wait to see who gets into the official Oscar race on Jan. 24.

Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
- Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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