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Eddie Murphy still wants to host Oscars
Eddie Murphy still wants to host Oscars

Hollywood comedian Eddie Murphy has revealed that he would still love to one day have a shot at hosting the Oscars, despite the fact that he pulled out as host for the 2012 Oscars. Eddie admits that it is one of the very few things that he has left to do in show business, which he has not yet accomplished in his 35 years as an actor.

Murphy explained, “It’s still something that I would like to do one day, because all the best comics have done it. It’s one of the few things I haven’t done in my 35 years in this business, so I would like to have that be part of my resume as well. If they ask me again, maybe I’ll do it… one day.” Eddie then went on to praise Billy Crystal for doing such a great job as host.
 
He added, “I thought Billy did a wonderful job. Billy’s done it so many times, he can’t not do a good job. He’s really solid at that.” Eddie Murphy was replaced by Billy Crystal as the 2012 Oscars host after he decided to pull out of hosting the Academy Awards. Eddie pulled out in support of his friend Brett Ratner, who was forced to withdraw from producing the show due to an anti gay slur.
Road to the Oscars: 2012 Writers Guild Awards
Road to the Oscars: 2012 Writers Guild Awards

With the 84th Academy Awards less than a week away, there have been a number of other awards taking place in the build up to the 2012 Oscars. Last night it was the turn of the 2012 Writers Guild Awards, which recognises outstanding achievements by writers in film, television and radio. The Writers Guild Awards also gives a little glimpse of what we can expect from the writing categories at the forthcoming Oscars. Here is a list of who won what, including the other nominees, at last night’s 2012 Writers Guild Awards.

Original Screenplay
 
WINNER
Midnight in Paris (2011): Woody Allen
 
Other Nominees:
50/50 (2011): Will Reiser
Bridesmaids (2011): Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo
Win Win (2011): Thomas McCarthy, Joe Tiboni
Young Adult (2011): Diablo Cody
 
Adapted Screenplay
 
WINNER
The Descendants (2011): Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
 
Other Nominees:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011): Steven Zaillian
The Help (2011): Tate Taylor
Hugo (2011/II): John Logan
Moneyball (2011): Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin
 
Documentary Screenplay
 
WINNER
Better This World (2011): Katie Galloway, Kelly Duane
 
Other Nominees:
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011): Matthew Hamachek, Marshall Curry
Nostalgia for the Light (2010): Patricio Guzmán
Pina (2011): Wim Wenders
Position Among the Stars (2010): Leonard Retel Helmrich, Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich
Senna (2010): Manish Pandey
 
Dramatic Series
 
WINNER
Breaking Bad" (2008)
 
Other Nominees:
Boardwalk Empire" (2010)
“Game of Thrones” (2011)
“The Good Wife” (2009)
“Homeland” (2011)
 
Comedy Series
 
WINNER
“Modern Family” (2009)
 
Other Nominees:
“30 Rock” (2006)
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2000)
“Louie” (2010)
“Parks and Recreation” (2009)
 
New Series
 
WINNER
“Homeland” (2011)
 
Other Nominees:
“Episodes” (2011)
“Game of Thrones” (2011)
“The Killing” (2011)
“New Girl” (2011)
 
Comedy/Variety Series
 
WINNER
“The Colbert Report” (2005)
 
Other Nominees:
“Conan” (2010)
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (1996)
“Jon Benjamin Has a Van” (2011)
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (2009)
“Real Time with Bill Maher” (2003)
“Saturday Night Live” (1975)
 
Episodic Drama
 
WINNER
Breaking Bad" (2008): Vince Gilligan("Box Cutter")
“Homeland” (2011): Henry Bromell(“The Good Soldier”)
 
Other Nominees:
Boardwalk Empire" (2010): Bathsheba Doran("The Age of Reason")
Boardwalk Empire" (2010): Itamar Moses("A Dangerous Maid")
Breaking Bad" (2008): Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett("End Times")
Dexter" (2006): Jace Richdale("Just Let Go")
 
Episodic Comedy
 
WINNER
“Modern Family” (2009): Steven Levitan, Jeffrey Richman(“Caught in the Act”)
 
Other Nominees:
“30 Rock” (2006): Tracey Wigfield(“Queen of Jordan”)
“Modern Family” (2009): Dan O’Shannon, Ilana Wernick(“Mother’s Day”)
“The Office” (2005): Robert Padnick(“PDA”)
“The Office” (2005): Greg Daniels(“Goodbye, Michael - Part 2”)
“Weeds” (2005): Stephen Falk(“Object Impermanence”)
 
Long Form - Original
 
WINNER
Cinema Verite (2011) (TV): David Seltzer
 
Other Nominees:
Five (2011) (TV): Stephen Godchaux, Jill Gordon, Howard Morris, Deirdre O’Connor, Wendy West
 
Long Form - Adaptation
 
WINNER
Too Big to Fail (2011) (TV): Peter Gould
 
Other Nominees:
“Mildred Pierce” (2011): Todd Haynes, Jonathan Raymond
 
The 84th Academy Awards are set to take place on Sunday, February 26. Who will you be rooting for at the 2012 Oscars?
Cuba Gooding Jr. discusses Tom Cruise’s sexuality
Cuba Gooding Jr. discusses Tom Cruise’s sexuality

Academy Award winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. won his Oscar for his performance in the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire, alongside Tom Cruise and has revealed how the sexuality of Tom Cruise came into question on set. Cuba revealed how his father came onto the set of Jerry Maguire and openly asked Tom Cruise if he was gay.

Gooding Jr., explained, “He gave Tom a hug and said, ‘I love you man. Now seriously, are you gay or not?’…I almost fainted. And thought, please Lord, let me disappear. Tom just laughed and said ‘no’.” He also discussed how he is often approached by random strangers in the street who ask him to say that famous line from the movie “Show me the money”.
 
He added, “I doesn’t go away. I get it all the time. I wish I had a wand that would make people disappear whenever they say it. it’s hard, especially when some drunk in a bar asks and finally you say it and he says, ‘No, say it like you said it in the movie’.” Cuba Gooding Jr. recently discussed the importance of his latest movie Red Tails.
Michelle Williams talks Oscar nomination
Michelle Williams talks Oscar nomination

The 2012 Academy Awards are just around the corner and former Dawsons Creek actress Michelle Williams has been nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in My Week With Marilyn. Michelle has admitted how she feels very grateful to get the recognition from the Academy and admitted that it is a testament to the legacy of Marilyn Monroe.

Williams explained, “I am so grateful to be acknowledged by the Academy for my work, which was made possible by the support of our director Simon Curtis and the camaraderie of a terrific ensemble of actors. A special congratulations to Kenneth Branagh and the fearless Harvey Weinstein.”
 
She added, “This role has been the challenge and privilege of a lifetime. I would like to think that the recognition our film has received by the Academy is a testament to Marilyn’s legacy.” Michelle Williams face stiff competition in the Best Actress category from Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), Viola Davis (The Help), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady). This years Oscars are set to take place on February 26, 2012 live on exclusively on ABC.
Martin Scorsese honoured by Oscar nods
Martin Scorsese honoured by Oscar nods

Legendary Hollywood director Martin Scorsese has admitted that he feels deeply honoured to have been nominated for two Oscars at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. Martin has been nominated for Best Picture and Best Director, while his film Hugo has also been nominated in a further nine categories, making it the most nominated film this year.

Scorsese explained, “I am deeply honoured to have been nominated by the Academy for my work on Hugo. Every picture is a challenge, and this one, where I was working with 3D, HD and Sacha Baron Cohen for the first time, was no exception. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you’ve been recognised by the people in your industry. I congratulate my fellow nominees. It’s an impressive list, and I’m in excellent company.”
 
Martin Scorsese will face stiff competition for the Best Director award, as he goes up against Woody Allen, Terrence Malick, Michel Hazanavicius and Alexander Payne. Meanwhile, Hugo is up against The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris, War Horse, The Artist, The Help and Moneyball. The 2012 Academy Awards will take place on February 26.
Oscar Nominations 2012. Who is up for what?
Oscar Nominations 2012. Who is up for what?

Awards season continues in Hollywood and next month, the biggest movie award ceremony of them all will take place, the 2012 Oscars. There have been a number of impressive movies in the last year and it should be a very impressive evening, with plenty of surprises. However, if recent award shows are anything to go by, we could see another domination by The Artist.

The Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence joined the Academy president Tom Sherak to reveal who has been recognised this year at the Academy Awards. The Oscar Nominations 2012 are as follows:
 
Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer – The Help
 
Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill – Moneyball
Nick Nolte – Warrior
Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Max Von Sydow - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
 
Best Actress
Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis – The Help
Rooney Mara – The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn
 
Best Actor
Demian Bichir - A Better Life
George Clooney – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt – Moneyball
 
Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius
Alexander Payne
Martin Scorsese
Woody Allen
Terrence Malick
 
Best Original Screenplay
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids
J.C. Chandor - Margin Call
Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
Asghar Farhadi - A Separation
 
Best Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
 
Foreign Language Film
Bullhead
Footnote
In Darkness
Monsieur Lazhar
A Separation
 
Animated
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango
 
Best Picture
War Horse
The Artist
Moneyball
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Hugo
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
 
The 2012 Oscars are set to take place on February 26 on ABC and will be hosted by Billy Crystal, who has replaced original host Eddie Murphy for the event. Be sure to tune in and find out who are the latest stars to join the long list of Oscar winners.
Robert De Niro on the hunt for more Oscars
Robert De Niro on the hunt for more Oscars

It seems that 68 year old Hollywood legend Robert De Niro is not content to give up on acting until he has added a further, three more Oscars to the two that he already has. Robert has revealed that he wants to have one Oscar for each of his kids.

De Niro explained, “If I had one to give to each of my kids, that would be fine. But I don’t, and I can’t give one to one and not to the other.” Robert won his two Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performance in the 1980 flick Raging Bull and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the 1974 classic The Godfather: Part II.
 
As well as his two wins, Robert De Niro has also been nominated for an Oscar a further four times. However his ambition to win another three and take his tally to five seems highly unlikely as the record wins for Oscars is four by Katharine Hepburn and Clint Eastwood.
Eddie Murphy honoured to host Oscars
Eddie Murphy honoured to host Oscars
Hollywood comedy legend Eddie Murphy has revealed that he is honoured to add his name to the list of greats who have hosted the Oscars. Eddie was rumoured to be hosting the Academy Awards earlier this week and has now been officially confirmed.
 
Murphy said, “I am enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin and Goldberg, among others. I’m looking forward to working with Brett and Don on creating a show that is enjoyable for both the fans at home and for the audience at the Kodak Theatre as we all come together to celebrate and recognize the great film contributions and collaborations from the past year.”
 
Eddie Murphy has never actually won an Oscar but he was nominated in 2007 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Dreamgirls. Eddie has a lot of experience on the big stage and his comedic talent is sure to shine through. It is definitely a statement of intent after the shambles of last years awards.
Eddie Murphy to host the Oscars?
Eddie Murphy to host the Oscars?
It has been suggested that the former king of the big screen, Eddie Murphy is being lined up to host the biggest awards ceremony of the year, the Oscars. According to a source, the Academy Awards team want funny man Eddie, as his experience and knowledge are second to none.
 
The insider explained, “Nobody knows movies better or is a bigger cinephile than Eddie. Eddie can quote scenes from every single movie word for word. He can bring all that experience to hosting.” However, should Eddie reject the opportunity, they have back up options.
 
It has been claimed that Oprah Winfrey would be the second choice and it has even been rumoured that the two could co host the Oscars. Whoever, does take it on can do no worse than last year’s shambles. It is still early days yet and the names being thrown around are purely speculation. Who would you like to see host the Oscars?