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'Django Unchained': Samuel L. Jackson on playing 'the most hateful negro in cinematic history'



Psychopathic killer …? Here’s your trophy, Javier Bardem.

Sadistic cannibalism …? No problem, Anthony Hopkins.

Chatty Nazi …? You’re welcome, Christoph Waltz.

Oscar voters have a long history of recognizing actors who play unrepentant monsters, but Samuel L. Jackson’s twisted house slave Stephen in Django Unchained may test their fortitude for putting pure evil on their ballots. READ FULL STORY

Christopher Plummer becomes Oscar's oldest winner

Christopher Plummer’s win for Best Supporting Actor tonight also earns him another special distinction: oldest Oscar winner at age 82.

“You’re only two years older than me, darling,” Plummer said to his newly-won statuette at the 84th annual telecast. “Where have you been all my life? I have a confession to make. When I first emerged from my mother’s womb, I was already rehearsing my Oscar speech.”

Plummer surpasses George Burns who was 80 in 1975 when he won for his role in The Sunshine Boys and Jessica Tandy, also 80, when she won in 1989 for Driving Miss Daisy.  

Get full coverage of the 2012 Academy Awards:
Academy Awards 2012 winners list
Oscars preshow: What we saw backstage
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All 20 Oscar acting nominees pose for official Oscar 'school' portraits. Which is your favorite?

For this year’s Oscars, the 20 acting nominees have posed for photographer Douglas Kirkland in what the Academy calls “Out of Character: Portraits of This Year’s Acting Nominees.” Clicking through them, two things quickly become clear: One, with rare exception, the men weren’t too keen on being creative with their poses. And two, with rare exception, the women were keen on doing anything but a straight-forward pose.

Basically, they’re like the fanciest school portraits ever. Here are my four favorites from the acting categories, starting with Best Supporting Actor (all credits to Douglas Kirkland and AMPAS):  READ FULL STORY

Oscar predictions: 18 days to go

We’re finally in the homestretch of the Oscar season, and I’m happy to say we have a handful of real races on our hands this year. Best Actor continues to befuddle me, while Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay could both offer surprises on Feb. 26 . At this point I’m thinking Hugo screenwriter John Logan could capitalize on all the support for the film — not to mention the fact that he’s a sole credited writer, which always helps. At this week’s Oscar nominees luncheon, I was taken aback by the tremendous amount of goodwill directed at Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close supporting-actor nominee Max von Sydow. (Perhaps because Christopher Plummer wasn’t there, von Sydow received an inordinate amount of octogenarian love.) Do I suddenly think von Sydow could beat Plummer? No, but he definitely moves up a few rungs in my rankings this week. On today’s episode of my series Nominated With Dave Karger, we take a closer look at Extremely Loud.

Best Picture
1. The Artist (last week: 1) READ FULL STORY

Pitt, Clooney, Davis, Mara and more talk performances, inspiration at annual Oscar luncheon

George Clooney came for the “free booze.” Octavia Spencer was stoked to just be in the “room with all those luminaries,” while Kenneth Branagh claimed it was “the camaraderie” that brought him to the annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. But no matter what their reason for attending, most of the folks in the acting categories first stopped by the press room to talk shop, give praise and, in the case of Nick Nolte, threaten to tell a joke (which never materialized).

Here is taste of what the actors had to say about their performances, awards season, and their fellow nominees: READ FULL STORY

Oscar predictions: Can Jean Dujardin beat George Clooney?

Last night’s Screen Actors Guild Award results certainly made at least one Oscar category a lot more interesting. Jean Dujardin’s win changed Best Actor from a race between George Clooney and Brad Pitt to a fight between Clooney and Dujardin. And as we’ve seen over the years (The King’s Speech, Gladiator, American Beauty), the Academy often likes to pair up Best Picture and Best Actor. I’m not quite ready to predict Dujardin as the Oscar winner just yet, but after I talk to some more voters, I may change my mind in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, The Help‘s Best Cast win (one of three victories for the film last night) was a wonderful moment for that group of actors, but history is not on its side when it comes to its Oscar chances next month. The last time a film won Best Picture without writing or directing nominations was all the way back in 1932. In my mind, The Artist—which has won the Producers Guild and Directors Guild awards—is still the clear favorite. Even though there are several films that lost Best Picture after winning the PGA and DGA (among them Brokeback Mountain and Saving Private Ryan), I don’t sense another film with enough overall support to unseat it. So here are my current rankings in the top 8 categories.


'Moneyball' star Jonah Hill on awards season consideration: 'I think I'm still shell-shocked'

Of all the actors in the running for the Academy Awards this year, the one who is most gobsmacked to find himself in the thick of consideration has got to be Moneyball star Jonah Hill. As the taciturn numbers cruncher who convinces Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) to adopt a radical new system of recruiting low-valued players, Hill gives a subtle, muted performance that fans of his voluble and vulgar characters in Superbad, Knocked Up, and The Sitter wouldn’t recognize. (Fans of his nuanced performance in the indie film Cyrus, however, may not be so shocked.) The role has won him the best reviews of his career, nominations for the SAG Awards and Golden Globes, and according to Hill, the surreal experience of having people tell him he’s in the awards season horse race, even months before Moneyball had hit theaters.

“All I know is that since July, people have been saying to me, ‘Awards, XYZ’ in interviews,” says Hill, sitting in a nondescript office on the Sony Pictures lot, while a screening of Moneyball plays for awards-season voters nearby. (The film comes out on DVD and Blu-ray today.)  READ FULL STORY

Andy Serkis signs on for 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' sequel, gears up for 'Apes' Oscar campaign

Andy Serkis has officially signed on to return as Caesar in a sequel to this summer’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, EW has confirmed. Serkis has signed a seven-figure deal to return to the Apes franchise, a big addition to an already-busy slate for the motion-performance expert, who also has starring roles in this December’s Tintin and will reprise his iconically nefarious Gollum in the upcoming Hobbit duology. (Deadline first reported the story.)

Serkis’ reps also confirmed that Fox is preparing to wage an Oscar campaign for Serkis’ role in Apes. They’ll be giving him a supporting actor push.

Still unclear: Just what, exactly, they’re going to title the new Apes sequel. When I talked to screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who wrote Rise and will write the sequel, they vaguely suggested that the title might involve “Revenge.” Revenge of the Planet of the Apes, anyone?

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Read more:
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Kenneth Branagh talks 'My Week With Marilyn,' working with Michelle Williams, and 'Thor 2'

In 1990, Kenneth Branagh became one of the three youngest Oscar nominees for Best Director when he scored directing and acting nods for Henry V. More than two decades later, he may finally earn his second acting nomination for playing one of his idols, Laurence Olivier, in My Week With Marilyn. (Here’s an exclusive shot of him in character.) Now that the film’s trailer has just been released, Branagh got on the phone from Belfast to talk about becoming Olivier, his costar Michelle Williams, and his feelings on Thor 2.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What would you say Olivier means to you as an actor?
He’s an inspiration to all actors because he was so creatively ambitious and he was audacious. And he was someone whose comedic sense was very strong. It’s the completeness of his work that is very inspiring. When I was 18 years old at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, I was cast as the ancient doctor Chebutykin in Chekhov’s Three Sisters. I couldn’t have been more miscast. I would use a vast amount of talcum powder to make me look old. In a fit of inspiration I wrote to Sir Laurence Olivier who had played Chebutykin in his film of Three Sisters and said, “How at 18 do I play this much older man whom you played so brilliantly in your film?” And the sweet reply came back: “I have absolutely no idea. Have a bash and hope for the best.” He was kind to throw a crumb of comfort in the direction of a young actor. READ FULL STORY

Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain to be campaigned in supporting categories for 'The Tree of Life'

Merie Wallace

It’s not a huge surprise, but today comes word from Fox Searchlight that the entire cast of The Tree of Life — notably Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain — will be campaigned in the supporting categories this awards season. It’s a strategy that’s been used for several ensemble films in the recent past, like Babel and Slumdog Millionaire. (Babel‘s Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi ended up scoring Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress, while Slumdog‘s Dev Patel earned a SAG nod in the supporting-male race.)

For Pitt, the move heads off any potential vote splitting between his performances in Tree of Life and Moneyball, since the latter is clearly a lead role. But for Chastain, it’s muddier: The actress, who’ll end up costarring in six films released in 2011, will now be the recipient of supporting campaigns for Tree and The Help, just for starters.

Clearly Searchlight is going with a “the movie is the star” approach with its Tree of Life campaign, a decision that will put the spotlight on reclusive director Terrence Malick. And hey, maybe the dinosaurs were the leads.

Dave on Twitter: @davekarger

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