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People's Choice Awards nominations 2012

November 8, 2011 |  2:57 pm

Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks are among the 2012 People's Choice nominees
Moviegoers weren't interested in shelling out their hard-earned money to see Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks in "Larry Crowne" at the box office over the summer.

But judging by today's People's Choice Awards nominations, the two are still some of the most popular stars in the country. Both Roberts and Hanks secured nods for the 2012 ceremony, whose winners will be voted upon by the public. Also among the actors and actresses selected as fan favorites were Johnny Depp, Jennifer Aniston, Daniel Radcliffe and Robert Pattinson.

There was, predictably, much love for both the "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" franchises: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" was nominated as movie of the year, favorite action movie, favorite book adaptation and favorite ensemble movie cast; Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton were all deemed some of the most popular stars younger than 25; Taylor Lautner, meanwhile, earned a nod for favorite action star.

PHOTOS: 2012 People's Choice Awards nominees

Those who want to vote for their favorite stars can do so at PeoplesChoice.com until Dec. 6; winners will be announced during the telecast on Jan. 11. 

A full list of nominees follows.

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Oscars: 'Alice in Wonderland' for art directing; 'Inception' for cinematography

February 27, 2011 |  6:12 pm

Th Tom Hanks, yeah! Definitions of art directing and cinematography, boo!

Really, guys, we know what they mean.

These were good categories, though, to come after the movie mash-up of the opening by James Franco and Anne Hathaway -- especially the whole "Inception" into Alec Baldwin's dreams bit.

Cinematography went to "Inception's" Wally Pfister. Not exactly a surprise. Pfister took home honors not that long ago from the American Society of Cinematographers. There was a sort of last-minute swell of hope that Roger Deakins might take it home for "True Grit." BAFTA just gave him the honor. But I fear "True Grit" came too late, and it's hard to argue against "Inception," it was groundbreaking... literally.

On the art direction, it wasn't really much of a rabbit out of the hat trick -- 'Alice in Wonderland' looked stunning, a truly inventive visual playground created for the familiar story. And so it was as it should be. 

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Photo: Tom Hanks presents the award for art direction at the Oscars. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press


Oscars: Franco, Hathaway, let's get this party started

February 27, 2011 |  5:28 pm

Hathaway 
OK, folks, I've got my Red Bull within reach and my Red Vines in a pile next to the computer, and the show -- that would be the 83rd Academy Awards hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway -- is about to commence. Can't wait. Or, to steal a line, "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night." ("All About Eve," Bette Davis, 1950, yes I'm saying "night" not "ride." Are you going to be like that all "night"?)

At least we should hope for bumpy. Like the Super Bowl, you don't want the game to be over before things even start. And, yes, I know the favorites are ... well, frankly, if you can't fill in the blanks at this point, stop reading and go pay attention to your TV set.

Actually, go watch TV, at least for a little. I'll be here for the duration. Check in any time.

--Betsy Sharkey

Photo: Oscar co-host Anne Hathaway arrives at the ceremony with designer Valentino. Credit: Associated Press


Anne Hathaway gets catty with Christopher Nolan and 'The Dark Knight Rises'

January 19, 2011 | 10:51 am

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Fans' reactions were mixed on Maggie Gyllenhaal and Katie Holmes as the female leads in Christopher Nolan's first two Batman movies. Will they be more enthused about Anne Hathaway?

The actress was announced Wednesday morning as Selina Kyle (Catwoman) in "The Dark Knight Rises," as per our sister blog Hero Complex.(The studio also confirmed that Thomas Hardy would play villain Bane.)

The Hathaway move fits with Nolan's pattern of casting -- while other big female parts around town have lately gone to up-and-comers and relative unknowns (see: Rooney Mara in the remake of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"), Nolan has preferred actresses with pedigrees.

It's a major transition for Hathaway, who started out as a tween queen then transitioned to increasingly dramatic parts, first slightly in "The Devil Wears Prada" and then intensely in "Rachel Getting Married." Now she adds summer blockbuster to her list. (We won't mention "Havoc.") Oh, and there's the Oscar hosting gig next month. If Nolan is nominated for a directing Oscar for "Inception," get ready for the Catwoman jokes.

-- Steven Zeitchik
twitter.com/ZeitchikLAT

Photo: Anne Hathaway. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

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Is James Franco good for the Oscars, or vice versa?

November 29, 2010 |  5:45 pm

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The naming of James Franco and Anne Hathaway as Oscar hosts has the film world atwitter with (a) excitement (b) skepticism (c) yawning indifference? Answer: (d) A little of all of the above.

The choice is certainly a break from tradition -- with an average age of 30, Francoway are the youngest Oscar hosts in more than half a century. (To find someone equally young at the Oscar podium, you have to go back to 1956, when Jerry Lewis had just turned 30 when he co-hosted with Claudette Colbert and Joseph Mankiewicz.) It's also only the second time in a quarter-century that the Oscars haven't been hosted by a comedian.

Choosing an Oscar host is like getting dispatched to buy a single ice cream flavor for an entire  kindergarten class and then having to hand out that flavor during snack time. Someone will always let you know they're unhappy.

You also have to cut producers slack for a move that will, if nothing else, dispel the idea that the academy only pays attention to older filmgoers.

But there's also a legitimate question to ask of the Francoway experiment, and it's not about comedy and the can-they-bring-the-funny issue. The conventional wisdom is that the Oscars sewed up most of the female demographic a long time ago, and the way it can goose ratings and interest is with elements that appeal to men, particularly young men. Many of the hosts of the more successful telecasts of the past few decades --  David Letterman, Billy Crystal  -- have large male followings.

But Franco's fan base is, for a young male star, pretty strongly female, and Hathaway's even more so. (That's based on an informal office poll, but also a look at some of the recent movies each has done -- "Date Night," "Eat Pray Love," "Love & Other Drugs," "Bride Wars.")

So does that mean the women will tune in, as they usually do, but the men may not be similarly moved? At a time when the priority for the Oscars is broadening its constituency, Francoway may not quite do the trick. It feels a little like the tea party trying to reach out to Democrats and then sending Rand Paul to do the job.

A more specific question remains for Franco, star of this fall's "127 Hours." Some have already speculated about the potential awkwardness of an actor hosting an awards show in which he will almost certainly be a nominee but may come away empty-handed. The media coverage his hosting will generate can only help his film -- which, after a stupendous opening in big cities, has been moving along steadily but not with great momentum as it opens in the suburbs and the heartland.

Men may not tune in in record numbers to watch the Oscars this year, but if a lot more people turn out to see "127 Hours," it may just be enough. For Franco, anyway.

--Steven Zeitchik

twitter.com/ZeitchikLAT

Photos: Anne Hathaway and James Franco. Credit: Andrew Gombert (Hathaway) and Claudio Peri (Franco) / EPA

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