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  • Melissa Leo and Richard Jenkins relish nominations

    Melissa Leo and Richard Jenkins relish nominations
    Melissa Leo and Richard Jenkins are both respected veterans of the independent film scene, having played a full roster of supporting characters over the years. But their respective Oscar nominations for lead actress and lead actor -- a first for both of...
  • Melissa Leo, Oscar nominee and 'Nana'

    Melissa Leo, Oscar nominee and 'Nana'
    Of the five lead actress Academy Award nominees, Melissa Leo is probably the most bohemian, the least likely to live in a luxury hotel or employ a personal assistant or spend weeks worrying over her Oscar gown. Leo tidies her own house, cooks her own...
  • Steve Coogan on 'home turf' as host of Spirit Awards

    Steve Coogan on 'home turf' as host of Spirit Awards
    British funnyman Steve Coogan welcomes challenges. "I like to scare myself," he says. So after a decade-long absence from the live stage, Coogan went on a stand-up comedy tour of England last year. "I did big, scary venues," he says. "It's like a...
  • During award season it pays to be Kate -- or Cate

    During award season it pays to be Kate -- or Cate
    If you're an actress, keep in mind that when it comes to getting nominated for an Oscar it doesn't hurt if your name is Kate. Kate Hepburn managed to do it 12 times, winning a record four as leading actress, more than any other actor. By age 32, Kate...
  • And the Oscar nominees are...

    And the Oscar nominees are...
    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," a fable about a man who ages in reverse, dominated the 81st annual Academy Award nominations this morning, earning 13 nods, including best film, best actor for Brad Pitt and best director for David Fincher. This...
  • 'Rachel Getting Married,' 'The Wrestler' get Indie Spirit noms

    'Rachel Getting Married,' 'The Wrestler' get Indie Spirit noms
    "Ballast," an austere drama about a grieving man who forms a bond with a woman and her young son, "Frozen River," a somber tale about the relationship between two poverty-stricken women, and "Rachel Getting Married," an intimate drama about a young...
  • The academy does Kate Winslet no favors

    The academy does Kate Winslet no favors
    Now that the Oscar nominations are out, let us tear ourselves away from that wacky Benjamin Button and consider instead the Curious Case of Kate Winslet, who cannot seem to catch a break. Certainly, she is one of the finest actors of her generation. Over...
  • Academy Award voters opt for the sunny over the dark

    Academy Award voters opt for the sunny over the dark
    Like some Zen master clandestinely operating in the heart of Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has perfected the art of offering surprises without being surprising. Though specific Oscar nominations can be unexpected, the...
  • Melissa Leo, 'Frozen River'

    Melissa Leo, 'Frozen River'
    Melissa Leo's perfor- mance in "Frozen River" has been ri- veting audiences and critics since the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, winning the grand jury prize. As a woman driven to smuggle illegal immigrants over the Canadian...
  • 'Elegy,' 'Frozen River' beating the rush

    'Elegy,' 'Frozen River' beating the rush
    It pays to be early, or so that was the thinking behind Sony Picture Classics' decision to send out the academy screener of the Sundance hit " Frozen River" back on Sept. 24. Yes, that was five months before the February 2009 Oscar ceremony, and way...
  • Filmmakers dogged pursuits earn Oscar's attention

    Filmmakers dogged pursuits earn Oscar's attention
    They are now the leading contenders for the top Academy Award -- and although "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" could hardly be more different in plot, style, spirit and budget, they epitomize the increasingly perilous path...
  • 'The Wrestler' wins at Film Independent's Spirit Awards

    'The Wrestler' wins at Film Independent's Spirit Awards
    " The Wrestler," the poignant drama about an aging grappler who refuses to give up the ring, pinned its competition Saturday afternoon at Film Independent's Spirit Awards, winning honors for best feature, best male lead for star Mickey Rourke, and best...