Oscars: Cameron Diaz, “Moneyball” and “The Artist” in today’s Oscar news – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: What’s that? You’re heading into the weekend without the latest Oscar news? Unheard of. We’re here to help. We only have a few more weekends of awards news before the big ceremony on Feb. 26. Soak it in! Let’s run through the top Oscar headlines as Friday draws to a close:

– Cameron Diaz is the latest high-powered celeb named as a presenter at this year’s ceremony. She joins Tom Hanks. Halle Berry, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez and the cast of “Bridesmaids” as the announced presenters. Plenty more to come …

– Move over Oprah Winfrey! This year, Kelly Ripa will host a very special edition of “Live!” from the Kodak Theatre the day after the Oscars. I wonder if any of her guests will have slept yet?

– What happens when a major star like Jessica Chastain meets a veritable icon like Meryl Streep? I love hearing about celebs getting flustered in the presence of other celebs.

– In a perfect world, Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” would be this year’s Best Picture frontrunner. EW’s Dave Karger explains why.

– The voices inside Jeff Wells’ head tell him the Academy is conspiring against “The Artist” star Jean Dujardin. You read that right.

– Coincidentally, the Weinstein Co. decided not to advertise on Wells’ site in Phase Two.

– And finally, is “The Grey” this year’s first legitimate Oscar contender?

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.”
– Producer Jim Burke for “The Descendants.”
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.”
Woody Harrelson for “Rampart.”
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.”
– Producer Grant Heslov for “The Ides of March.”

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