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British Independent Film Awards honor Ralph Fiennes, Kenneth Branagh

Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth Branagh will be the recipients of two prestigious awards at next month’s British Independent Film Awards. Fiennes — who makes his directorial debut with next month’s Coriolanus — will receive the Richard Harris Award, which has gone to fellow Brit actors John Hurt, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Helena Bonham Carter. Thor director and noted Shakespearean enthusiast Branagh will be honored with the Variety Award for raising British cinema’s profile internationally. Past Variety recipients have included Michael Caine, J.K. Rowling, Helen Mirren, and Keira Knightley.

The British Independent Film Awards will be held in London on Dec. 4. Sex addiction drama Shame, political thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Paddy Considine’s directorial debut Tyrannosaur will battle it out for the top prizes.

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Governors Awards: Oprah helps 'The Help'

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It hadn’t been a great few days for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Leading up to last night’s Governors Awards (the separate ceremony where the honorary Oscars are handed out), the Academy was forced to deal with all the fallout from Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy’s resignations as the producer and host of February’s Oscar telecast. But they ended this rough chapter with a classy and emotional event as James Earl Jones, makeup artist Dick Smith, and Oprah Winfrey all received tributes.

The ballroom adjacent to the Kodak Theatre was filled with stars who will contend for this season’s Oscars. It’s as if my Oscar prediction article in this week’s issue of EW had magically come to life. Here’s everyone I spotted: READ FULL STORY

The Oscar mess: Who will bear the brunt of the fallout?

It’s safe to say the past couple of days have not been the movie industry’s finest hour. Over the course of 24 tumultuous hours, the producer chosen for next year’s Oscar telecast, Brett Ratner, resigned amid a firestorm of controversy; his handpicked host, Eddie Murphy, dropped out; and a new producer, Brian Grazer, was brought in to try to quickly clean up the mess.

Given that we’re talking about Hollywood’s most important and exalted event here, the one that is supposed to represent cinema’s highest values and achievements, and it all went kablooey over a few crazy days, there is sure to be some fallout. But who will be most adversely affected by this week’s fiasco going forward? Brett Ratner? Eddie Murphy? The Academy itself? Let’s take them one by one. READ FULL STORY

Robert Downey Jr. asks Hollywood to forgive Mel Gibson at American Cinematheque Awards

Last night at the 25th Annual American Cinematheque Award Ceremony, which was honoring Robert Downey Jr., the Iron Man actor asked Hollywood to forgive Mel Gibson.

Gibson was invited onstage to present Downey Jr. with the prestigious award, since, in the words of Garry Shandling, “The Cinematheque was concerned a bit about Robert’s checkered past, so they chose someone to present the award who could help balance that out and the choice was so obvious, Mel Gibson.” READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter' special farewell tribute planned for Spike's Scream Awards

The beloved Harry Potter movie franchise is receiving an “ultimate farewell tribute” at Spike TV’s 2011 Scream Awards on Oct. 15, EW has learned exclusively, featuring what we are told will be a very special guest! (The show airs on Tues., Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 has 14 nominations for this year’s awards (tied with X Men: First Class).

Celebrating sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and comic books — i.e. all things geek — the sixth annual Scream Awards will also honor Robert Downey Jr. with the Hero award (for his roles as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes) and Nicolas Cage with the Maverick award. Both stars will also debut exclusive footage from their respective upcoming films, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (the event will also feature sneak peeks for Total Recall, The Woman in Black, and Paranormal Activity 3).

J.J. Abrams, Darren Aronofsky, Chloe Moretz, Harold and Kumar‘s John Cho and Kal Penn, True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello, American Horror Story‘s Dylan McDermott, Fringe‘s Anna Torv, and Dr. Who‘s Matt Smith are among the announced attendees.

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Teen Choice Awards nominate 'Twilight' and 'Harry Potter,' surprising no one

It’s the question we’ve been asking ourselves since the dawn of the ages. And this year’s Teen Choice Awards dares to ask the life-altering query again with their 2011 nominations: Which is better? Foppish vampires who deliver terrible pick-up lines about spider monkeys, or teenage wizards who bring in more cash than you will ever hope to see in your life? That is, Twilight or Harry Potter? The two franchises will face off against each other to win Hollywood’s greatest honor, Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse are not the only ones battling for supremacy in that category, however: They must also defeat Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Super 8, and X-Men: First Class.

But the Twilight and Harry Potter are bound to pick up a win in at least another category, since the two franchises boast the following nominees: Taylor Lautner (Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy), Robert Pattinson (Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy), Daniel Radcliffe (Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy), Kristen Stewart (Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy), Emma Watson (Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy), Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson (Choice Movie: Liplock), Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner (Choice Movie: Liplock), Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe (Choice Movie: Liplock), Tom Felton (Choice Movie: Villain), Bryce Dallas Howard (Choice Movie: Villain), Kellan Lutz (Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer), and Ashley Greene (Choice Movie: Female Scene Stealer).

Still paying attention? Then we have a reward for you: READ FULL STORY

Stuntmen to lobby Academy for award category

Should there be an Oscar for Best Stunt? A group of stunt coordinators plan to lobby the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors tonight for their own category at the annual awards. Veteran stunt coordinator Jack Gill (Fast Five) has been petitioning AMPAS for two decades now, to no avail. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the stunt coordinators are proposing that their award be handed out before the main telecast, though they want a clip of the presentation to be shown during the broadcast.

So would the addition of a Best Stunt award make you more likely to watch the Oscars? Or is the show long enough already that another prize (even if presented in abbreviated form) will make a bloated show even more so?

Oscars to implement online voting

Did the Academy just take its first step towards a shorter Oscar season? Members of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences have just received a letter announcing that AMPAS will soon replace its paper ballots with online voting. The letter, which was first reported by the New York Times, reads in part: “The change may be implemented as early as this year, and will certainly be in effect by next year. At some point, once the system is up and working, mailed ballots will be eliminated.”

For a few years, the Academy has toyed with the idea of moving the Oscars ceremony earlier in the year; this is certainly one way it can accomplish that goal. It won’t happen this year — the 2012 telecast is already set for Feb. 26. But getting rid of the time-consuming paper-ballot vote counting process could allow the Academy to move 2013’s telecast a few weeks earlier, which would be a welcome change for those who think the entire season drags on a bit too long.

Academy announces next year's Oscar calendar

Remember all that speculation over whether the Oscars would move to January? Well, it’s not happening just yet. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the key dates for next year’s Oscar season, and they’re basically the same as this year’s. Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, while the awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 26, preceded by a 90-minute red carpet pre-show on ABC.

Although the Academy Awards remain by far the most prestigious movie-industry prize, it’s become more difficult for the Oscar telecast to contain any big surprises: All six major Oscar winners (The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, and Melissa Leo) had already won their respective guild prizes by the time the Academy Awards came around. Even if the Academy were to adopt online voting and move its date a few weeks earlier, say, to the beginning of February, all the other award shows would certainly adjust their schedules as well, leaving the Oscars at the end of the season as usual. But a quicker overall awards season could help alleviate some of the fatigue many people are feeling by the end of February.

The entire calendar is after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2011: What you didn't see on TV

oscar-hathaway-francoImage Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesIf you’ve never actually attended the Oscars (and I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that a few of you haven’t), there are some things that might surprise you about them — at least, as a first-time attendee, there were things that surprised me. For one, the Kodak Theatre is inside of a mall, so when you’re walking down that last stretch of red carpet towards that glamorous staircase, you’re actually walking past a sunglasses shop, shoe store, coffee place, fudge shop, etc. (They cover the storefronts with red drapes to hide the mall-ness.) Also, on your way to the venue, you have to drive through a gauntlet of anti-Hollywood protesters holding signs bearing slogans like “Ask Me Why You Deserve Hell” and “The Wages of Sin is Death.” Festive! And while it looks on TV like the Oscar audience is wall-to-wall celebrities, in fact, the vast majority of people who attend the Oscars are random and decidedly un-famous people, trying to act blase in their fancy duds even though they’re actually just as excited to get a glimpse of the movie stars as everyone else. People like … well, me.

Here are a few more things you might have missed if you watched this year’s show from the comfort of your couch:  READ FULL STORY

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