Category: Awards

'Hunger Games' nabs its first award, thanks to Josh Hutcherson

Josh Hutcherson of "The Hunger Games"

In the first of what we assume will be a number of accolades, "The Hunger Games" landed a new kind of tribute — for star Josh Hutcherson.

The man who plays Peeta Mellark just picked up a NewNowNext award from Logo TV in the category of Next Mega Star. (The awards, held Thursday, were broadcast Monday night.)

"This is so much better than the Oscars," Hutcherson cracked. "I get so bored at those award shows." 

"For me, I just love making movies, and the fact that anybody shows up to them is just a bonus," he said. Yes, Josh. A few people did show up to see "The Hunger Games." 

While his costars Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth are empty-handed at the moment, talk at NewNowNext turned to the coveted best kiss trophy handed out annually at the MTV Movie Awards. Hutcherson and Lawrence could go head-to-head with reigning couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

"[Rob and Kristen's] was so passionate. Ours was like — I was on my deathbed, wasn't very sexy. I don't know. We'll see. Maybe. I'd be so lucky. One can only hope!" Hutcherson told VH1. 


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Photo: Josh Hutcherson backstage at Logo's NewNowNext Awards, held April 5 at the Avalon Theater. Credit: John Shearer / Getty Images.

ACM Awards: After big win, Taylor Swift shouts out to missing date

Taylor Swift at the ACM Awards
Taylor Swift may have gone alone to the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night, but she made sure Kevin McGuire was with her on stage anyway when she accepted the trophy for entertainer of the year.

McGuire, for those who don't know, is the 18-year-old, leukemia-fighting, New Jersey high school senior who invited Swift to his prom, only to have her invite him to the ACMs instead. Unfortunately, McGuire, who is undergoing chemotherapy, fell ill with a 103-degree fever in the days before the show and was unable to attend.

“We work hard and we try to give back," Swift said after taking the prize for the second year in a row, according to Pop & Hiss. "Recently, I have been aware of a different struggle that is going on. My date tonight was supposed to be a high school football player named Kevin McGuire, and he is not here. But I promised him I’d give him a shout-out.

"So Kevin and all your family and friends, thank you for wanting to take me to the ACMs."

Kevin and the gang were watching back home at an Applebee's restaurant where he'd once worked. McGuire, who has battled leukemia since he was 13, had spoken with the country singer on the phone over the weekend, both wishing each other good luck.

"I wasn't expecting such great people," he told New Jersey's Courier-Post of Swift and her staff. "It's amazing to see how people who I don't even know could care that much."

His mom, Vicki, shared an anecdote with the Courier-Post about when her son learned his immune system was compromised to the point that he wouldn't be able to attend the red-carpet affair on Sunday.

"He said to me, 'Well, how many people get to say they turned down Taylor Swift?'"


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Photo: Taylor Swift accepts the Academy of Country Music Award for entertainer of the year at the ceremony in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press


Scotty McCreery: 'American Idol' champ is headed to college

Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery ain't no dummy: Platinum record notwithstanding, the 18-year-old "American Idol" champ known for his folksy, squeaky-clean demeanor is heading to college come fall.

McCreery, who won best new artist Sunday night at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, said he was accepted by four schools but chose North Carolina State University, where his dad is an alumnus.

"We're gonna figure it out and decide as a family," he'd told People. "I grew up rooting for NC State, and that's where my dad went. But also there are schools in Nashville that have been really great — and that's Music City so we'll see." 

Looks as if that legacy thing held sway — not to mention that NC State is very close to home, according to Entertainment Weekly. Perhaps he's looking for balance, because he's already been away from home part time, opening for Brad Paisley and the Band Perry on the road. All that as he aims to keep things on track to graduate high school with his buddies in a few months.

His career is off to a solid start: McCreery's debut album, "Clear as Day," was certified platinum in January with more than 1 million copies sold.

"It's a huge testament to the loyalty of country music fans," he said, "and how great they have been to me this year. 2011 was absolutely an incredible, life-changing year for me."

One thing that's not changed: the squeaky-clean thing. Hanging out in Las Vegas for the ACM Awards, he said, "There ain't no temptations. I have been riding the roller coasters."


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Photo: Scotty McCreery won the award for best new artist Sunday at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Credit: Isaac Brekken / Associated Press.


Jaycee Dugard steps out publicly for DVF Awards


This post has been corrected, as detailed below.

Jaycee Dugard stepped out publicly on Friday for the first time since her rescue in 2009. The kidnapping survivor was in good company at the United Nations in New York for Diane von Furstenberg’s DVF Awards ceremony, where she met fellow honorees like Oprah Winfrey.

Dugard received the Inspiration Award for her JAYC Foundation, which aims to help families “recovering from abduction and the aftermath of other traumatic experiences.”

People reports that, taking the microphone, Dugard told the crowd: "My name is Jaycee Dugard and I want to say that, because for a long time I wasn't able to say my name and so it feels good. I am truly honored to be here tonight with these amazing women who have done and been through so much more than me."

Despite her horrific experience, she said it was her mother’s hope that helped her go on. "And I did live. I have two beautiful daughters who I love with all my heart,” she said.

Dugard, 31, made headlines first when she was abducted at age 11 as she walked to bus stop from her  South Lake Tahoe-area home, and again 18 years later when she was rescued with her daughters from her kidnappers, Phillip and Nancy Garrido.

However, her “hope is to be remembered for what I do,” not the kidnapping that stole so many years of her life.

Winfrey, who received the lifetime achievement award, showered Dugard with praise, saying: "I am so proud of you. You are using your courage and your strength and your power to show the world that you care."

Winfrey got her share of the spotlight too. The Washington Post reports that Oprah shared a hug with friend Von Furstenberg, who told the crowd: “She is the most formidable person I have ever met in my life. What is extraordinary about Oprah is that she has done so much and yet she is still a little girl. She is still very pure and you can make her cry and laugh so quickly.”

Von Furstenberg and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation created the DVF Awards in 2010 to “recognize and support women who are using their resources, commitment and visibility to transform the lives of other women.”

Each of the five honorees -- Dugard, Winfrey, Layli Miller-Muro of the Tahirih Justice Center, Panmela Castro of Rede Nami in Brazil and Chouchou Namegabe of the South Kivu’s Assn. of Women Journalists in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- received $50,000 for their cause.

[For the record, 7:25 p.m. March 10: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the awards took place on Saturday.]


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Photo: Oprah Winfrey, left, and Jaycee Dugard. Credit: Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images

Sean Young says she was sober, well-behaved when arrested

Sean Young says she was sober and well-behaved when she was arrested after the Academy Awards
Sean Young want folks to know that she was sober when she was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery after the Academy Awards on Sunday, and that she thinks a lot of things about the situation are "very stupid."

Young, 52, is currently out on $20,000 bail after being booked under her legal name, Mary Sean Young, at the LAPD's Hollywood Division station shortly before midnight Sunday.

She was involved in "some type of physical altercation," police told L.A. Now; Young told People magazine she "was just standing by the little line" outside the Governors Ball, for which she did not have a ticket. "I wasn't bothering anybody."

The "Blade Runner" actress and "Celebrity Rehab" alum did tell People, however, that she struck a security guard after she went to leave and he allegedly grabbed her arm.

Said Young via Facebook on Monday: "I just want everyone to know that I was sober, extremely well behaved when a very stupid security guard went postal on me and then The Academy's very stupid lawyer recommended a 'private person's arrest' and I have grounds for a lawsuit against the Academy although I believe a public apology to me would be much better. I am OK and I have the Hollywood Police Stations support who very carefully and kindly photographed the bruises on my arms which this guard is responsible for doing."

Later Monday, she noted on Facebook that she was "working on not absorbing any toxic spew from this unfair and stupid media silliness," and reiterated her desire for a public apology from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Young is due in court March 19.


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Photo: Sean Young at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards in 2011. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Elton John's Oscar party turns 20 with Klum, Kardashian, the kid

Fran Drescher, Elton John and John's son, Zach.

A 20th anniversary is an achievement in any arena, but it's a great cause for a rowdy celebration when it comes to an Oscar party franchise. That was the case Sunday with the staple Elton John AIDS Foundation viewing party and gala, held each year under the bespectacled eyes of Elton John and partner David Furnish.

The party's normal home at the Pacific Design Center is currently a dreadful mess of construction, so organizers moved just across the street to West Hollywood Park and constructed an impressive ballroom and party space.

Heidi Klum, Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus, David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris, Dianna Agron and boyfriend Sebastian Stan were among dinner guests all buzzing about one important attendee: Elton and David's son Zachary.

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At just over a year old, the little man was adorable in a miniature tuxedo monogrammed with his name. Zach was quite taken with a blue-haired Katy Perry, next to him, and the chocolate Pomeranian toted by Fran Drescher.  

After dinner and the awards show, funnyman Joel McHale, Gwen Stefani and Kim and Kourtney Kardashian worked outdoor areas where dancing was inevitable and Ciroc cocktails flowed generously. Elton delivered a fiery speech in support of his foundation.

"Twenty years, 20 years since this disease came to the attention of people in this country," he said. "We have the tools for a cure, but the enemies of a cure are bigotry, stigma and greed."

The ballroom unanimously agreed. That political moment aside, folks seemed to enjoy Billy Crystal and the night's big winners.

"Last year I went to visit a friend at a hotel, and the cable was coming in so spotty," Agron recalled, "so I missed almost everything. This year I'm just thrilled to watch."  


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Photo: Fran Drescher with her Pomeranian and Elton John with his son Zach at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party on Sunday in West Hollywood. Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images

Oscars 2012: Kenneth Branagh on some great expectations

Kenneth Branagh knows all too well the burden that comes with playing multiple Oscar winner Laurence Olivier — and then earning an Oscar nomination for that work.

"Laurence was a great academy icon, he won best actor with 'Hamlet,' he won best picture with 'Hamlet' ...," he said Sunday before the Academy Awards. "This community knows his work very well. High expectations of anyone who would try and play him.

To Branagh, who notched a supporting actor nod for "My Week With Marilyn," walking down that red carpet in Hollywood was in a sense walking the same path trod by Olivier and Marilyn Monroe.

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Oscars 2012: Solid gold and stars at Vanity Fair after-party

Gwyneth Paltrow

Oscar winner or Oscar loser, anyone can break even at the Academy Awards' most exclusive after-party — anyone who's been invited, that is. And so another year of Vanity Fair madness came to pass, with magazine Editor Graydon Carter hosting a new crop of film honorees, luminaries from politics, art and fashion, and even some royalty.

The Sunset Tower Hotel was a glamorous war zone of barricaded fans, tinted SUVs and paparazzi Sunday evening as folks made their way to the fete from the telecast in Hollywood.

Carter had first welcomed 130 guests for dinner and the show, among them Amy Adams, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt, Bill Maher, Les Moonves and Julie Chen, Sofia Vergara, Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde, George Lucas, Tom Ford, Jane Fonda, Claire Danes and Chris Martin.

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After "The Artist" claimed best picture, dinner tables were cleared and doors opened to the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, who joined husband Martin for a cocktail. Paltrow wasn't shy about her admiration for several famous guests, at one point retrieving her smartphone and asking Steve Martin and Martin Short to take a photo with her.

Paula Patton had been telling us for weeks about her anxiety over a dress for the occasion, eventually going with a Naeem Khan mini. "I had to pull the trigger, so I went short," she said. "I love long gowns, but this just felt right."

At that precise moment, everyone stopped to appreciate Cameron Diaz and her gown, a form-fitting red-orange number.

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Thanks to their creative endeavors, some New Yorkers came to town, among them "Saturday Night Live" star and original screenplay nominee Kristen Wiig. Plenty of funny females surrounded her, including Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Melissa McCarthy.

Kate Hudson stepped out with fiance Matt Bellamy, both looking excited for a date night away from their new baby -- pictures of whom Hudson shared excitedly with Owen Wilson.

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Jessica Chastain: Grandma calmed her down at the Oscars

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain — who appeared in a whopping six releases last year, "The Help" and "The Tree of Life" among them — still felt like the new girl in town Sunday as she made her way down the Oscars red carpet.

"It's incredible.... It's something that I always dreamed about. It kind of actually means that I'm doing it," Chastain said, taking in her surroundings.

"I've wanted to be an actor and now it's like, 'Wow, I'm at the Oscars. This is great,'" said the supporting actress nominee, whose "Help" costar Octavia Spencer wound up taking home the trophy.

"I'm with my grandma and so that calms me down a bit because it reminds me to see it all through her eyes."



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Photo: Jessica Chastain on the Oscars red carpet Sunday. Credit: Joel Ryan / Associated Press


Oscars 2012: Milla Jovovich explores Oscar's 'city'

Milla Jovovich had an apt comparison for her first trip to the Oscars on Sunday: "It's like a really condensed Cannes," she said on the red carpet in Hollywood.

The French film festival destination is a whole city, she said, but the Academy Awards setup was "almost like a whole city's worth of press. ... It's absolutely stunning to see it all come together.

"It's very exciting to be here as a presenter," she said before noting that she'd like to run into anyone from "The Help," or perhaps Berenice Bejo from "The Artist."


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Billy CrystalThe reviews of pinch-hit Oscar host Billy Crystal, who replaced Eddie Murphy when he bolted with producer Brett Ratner, were mixed. Detractors said a little Borscht Belt schtick went a long way, while supporters thought Crystal brought some sharp wit to the proceedings.

As The Times' Greg Braxton reported, the evening had its share of uncomfortable moments and instances of what appeared to be cultural insensitivity. And Crystal quickly came under fire in social media for a couple of his bits.

Among them:

Crystal appeared in blackface as Sammy Davis Jr. during the show’s opening film montage. Crystal as Davis Jr. — a throwback to his days on “Saturday Night Live” — parodied Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris" with Justin Bieber.

Crystal joked shortly after Octavia Spencer's supporting actress win for “The Help” that he loved the film so much he came out of the theater wanting to hug the first black woman he saw. “Which, from Beverly Hills," he quipped, "is about a 45-minute drive.”

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