Category: Annette Bening

Oscars: Warren Beatty, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence in the lobby


The lobby of the Academy Awards show is in some ways more fascinating than the trophy contest that plays out on stage. Standing in one corner, Warren Beatty took it all in with a Cheshire grin.

"After a period of time you come to enjoy these things but they are a, um, unusual construct." Beatty watched as his wife, Annette Bening, spoke with pulsing enthusiasm to Pixar guru John Lasseter.

Beatty said he used to dread the red carpet but learned to embrace the strobe-reality of the world's most famous vanity parade. 

"What you learn is that everyone else is just as embarrassed as you are and then when you know that you can all just smile."

Not far away, Jennifer Lawrence was enjoying the crowd chorus of iPhone and Blackberry reports of her fashion success in a sleek red dress that appeared painted on.

"Well I can go home now I guess," she said. "They better like it, it took long enough."

Sandra Bullock was bare-shouldered and trembling as she dashed into lobby. "It's sooo cold," she announced to no one before being pulled into a warm embrace by Matthew McConaughey.

"Sandy, Sandy, Sandy ..." McConaughey implored in a falsetto voice. The two were quickly met by Scarlett Johansson for discussion of upcoming projects.

-- Geoff Boucher

Photo: Nominee Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27, 2011. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Spirit Awards: Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson, the kids from 'The Kids Are All Right' [Video]

Annette Bening and Warren Beatty at the Spirit Awards When it comes to "The Kids Are All Right," most audiences have been focused on the performance of one of its leading actresses, Annette Bening. But what have the two young stars who play her children, 21-year-old Mia Wasikowska and 18-year-old Josh Hutcherson, been up to?

With a perma-grin planted on his face Saturday at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Hutcherson said he felt lucky to have been taken under the wings of A-list actors like his costars Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. But he was most excited about heading to the Academy Awards on Sunday for the first time.

"I mean, going to the Oscars is like an actor's dream, and the fact that I'm 18 and I'm going to the Oscars is like, 'What? That's awesome.' I have a whole tuxedo planned out and everything," he gushed.

Wasikowska, who stars in next month's "Jane Eyre," said she felt proud that a low-budget film was being recognized by the academy.

"It's so great when the smaller films that always take a lot more effort to get together -- when they reach so many people, it's really cool," she said.

And when it comes to tomorrow's big showdown between Bening and  Natalie Portman for best actress, Hutcherson, of course, has a clear favorite.

"Of course, I'm a little biased, but I'd have to say Annette," he said. "I think both of them are amazing actresses. I've idolized Natalie my entire life because she's a young actress who made the transition into an adult, so they're both very deserving."

Click the pic of Bening and husband Warren Beatty, top, for more photos from the red carpet.


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-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: Annette Bening and Warren Beatty arrive at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press

Mark Ruffalo talks about his next role (in the men's room)


Mark Ruffalo plays a mostly unaffected, borderline-hippie sperm donor in "The Kids Are All Right," the alternative-family dramedy from Lisa Cholodenko

And it turns out the actor shares at least one common trait with his character -- as far as being unaffected goes, Ruffalo was graceful under fire when grilled by an executive type in a men's room. The Ministry saw it firsthand Thursday in downtown L.A., where the "Kids" premiere at L.A. Live opened the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Before the movie started, Ruffalo was washing and drying his hands in the men's room when a suited man accosted him with questions about the actor's next project.

"Um, I think I'm just going to spend some time with the family," Ruffalo said, hands drip-drying amid the awkwardness. 

Giving the suit the slip, the actor joined wife Sunrise Coigney for the film -- alongside ...

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At the Actor's Fund's Tony Awards benefit, Annette Bening gets a second chance to honor Brian Stokes Mitchell

ABBSMTT[1] With all those Hollywood celebs showing up at the Tony Awards in New York on Sunday, doesn't it make sense that Broadway stars would be in Los Angeles watching the festivities on a live feed?

Broadway boy wonder Tommy Tune sailed into town to host the Actors Fund's 14th annual Tony Awards viewing party, honoring past Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, at Skirball Center.

With all the cross-cultural exchanges in the entertainment industry these days, up is now officially down -- and yet, all roads to the event started in Rome, in a manner of speaking. Annette Bening, a movie star who has trod her share of boards in L.A. and New York, was there to present a Julie Harris Award to Mitchell -- whom she'd known since their days at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego. In fact, the two performed together in dance class.

"He choreographed it and taught it to me," Bening said. "We both got the credit, but he did all the work. That's how he lives his life."

Now, Mitchell may be a much-loved guy in the business, and it was nice of Bening to present the award, but frankly, she owed him. By coincidence ...

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Hollywood's A-List turns out to celebrate Mike Nichols at AFI tribute


If it’s true that a man can be judged by the company he keeps, Mike Nichols must be a whale of a guy.

The gala to present the 38th AFI Life Achievement Award to the director on Thursday evening was so star-studded, it could have vied with the Oscars for sheer wattage. As the director of such films as “The Graduate,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “Carnal Knowledge” and “Silkwood” looked on with his wife, Diane Sawyer, a steady parade of Hollywood A-listers — several of whom were AFI Life Achievement Award-winners or had seen their careers launched by his films — stood up to make warm and often hilarious remarks: Dustin Hoffman, Harrison Ford, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Elaine May, AFI Board of Trustees Chairman Howard Stringer, Calista Flockhart, Candice Bergen, Shirley MacLaine, Natalie Portman, Cher, Nora Ephron, Aaron Sorkin, Kevin Spacey, Robin Williams and Emma Thompson.

Mike-Nichols-galleryAnd that didn't even include Eric Idle performing a song from the Nichols-directed Broadway hit “Spamalot” — while wearing wings that referenced Nichols’ HBO work “Angels in America” — or such distinguished audience members as Oprah Winfrey, Morgan Freeman, Tim Curry and Wallace Shawn.

As last year's AFI honoree, Michael Douglas, quipped, “Where the hell were all of you last year?”

But the ambiance at the Sony Pictures Studios soundstage, where Judy Garland once walked down the Yellow Brick Road, had a couple of differences from the Academy Awards: The tribute for the 78-year-old was more intimate and, as Helen Mirren said while waiting for her car after the festivities, “there was lots of love in the room.”

How much?

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David Geffen, in person, at the Geffen? (Kudos, Annette Bening!)

Geffen1 Something was definitely up Wednesday evening in Westwood: David Geffen was actually spotted at the Geffen Playhouse.

As a free service of the Ministry, we'd like to read that tea leaf for you: It was a starry, starry night.

At the opening of Joanna Murray-Smith's "The Female of the Species," Annette Bening headed up a cast that also included David Arquette and Julian Sands. And, of course, Hollywood begets more Hollywood: supportive spouses Warren Beatty and Courteney Cox-Arquette came with Arquette's sister, Rosanna. Patricia Arquette was also spotted, as was NBC Universal honcho Ron Meyer.

Kirk Douglas showed, and later got lost in a cloud of autograph hunters waving "Spartacus" soundtrack record covers. So did former Geffen actress Sharon Lawrence, "Let's Make a Deal's" Monty Hall and Peter Jacobson, a.k.a. Dr. Taub from "House M.D." They showed up, that is -- no "Spartacus" for them.

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