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The Oscars: Five Reasons to Watch

(LOS ANGELES) -- Hollywood's biggest night of the year is upon us. Before the ceremonies start, here's what to look forward to at the 2012 Oscars:

Billy Crystal. The veteran Oscar host's head writer told that Crystal has updated his act to hold the attention of even the most text and Twitter-happy viewers. "Billy is a really smart host," Carol Leifer said. "I don't think most people realize how intensely he works on the show and how seriously he takes it. He is so in the moment and has such a good time that to the audience in the Kodak and out in TV land, it will be obvious."

Sacha Baron Cohen. Also known as, "The Dictator." Hollywood's current king of satire will be on the Oscar red carpet as the title character from his upcoming movie. On Friday, amid word that the Academy had taken away his tickets, he posted a video online as "The Dictator" warning of "unimaginable consequences" if the Academy banned him from the Oscars. Guess we'll see what he has up his sleeve tonight.

High profile presenters. The Academy is going heavy on star power at the podium. Sunday night’s presenters include Gwyneth Paltrow, Sandra Bullock, Halle Berry, Michael Douglas, Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and the Muppets.

Octavia Spencer. She's been the toast of town leading up to Sunday's show, and many believe that the best supporting actress Oscar might as well be placed on top of her mantel right now. Considering her SAG and Golden Globe wins, if Spencer scores Sunday, her speech and backstage candor are sure to be memorable.

Uggie. This little guy charmed millions in The Artist and won more fans when he donned a bow tie on stage at the Globes. Here's hoping he meets the Muppets this time.

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'The Help' Earns Three Awards at NAACP Image Awards

Eric Charbonneau/WireImag(LOS ANGELES) -- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer each collected another award Friday night for their performances in The Help. At the 43rd NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, Davis was named outstanding actress in a motion picture, and Spencer received the supporting actress prize.

The Help
, the story of African-American maids working in 1960s Mississippi, also earned the title of outstanding motion picture. It had entered the ceremony with a leading eight nominations.

Davis and Spencer have won several awards for their roles in The Help, and they have a strong chance of picking up an Oscar this weekend for best actress and best supporting actress, respectively. The Help is a contender in the Oscars' best-picture category.

Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit received the NAACP honors for best TV comedy and best TV drama, respectively.

The ceremony, which celebrates outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, also paid tribute to Whitney Houston, with a live rendition by gospel singer Yolanda Adams of "I Love the Lord, He Heard My Cry." Whitney performed that hymn in the 1996 movie The Preacher's Wife.

On the red carpet, actress Alfre Woodard was among the celebrities who remembered the late singer, saying, "She is still Cissy Houston's girl and she's Bobbi Kristina's mom and, you know, I'm not thinking of her as an icon. I'm thinking about her as somebody's daughter."

The full list of winners can be found at Here are the winners in the notable movie and TV categories:

Outstanding Motion Picture
The Help

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Laz Alonso, Jumping the Broom

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Viola Davis, The Help

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Mike Epps, Jumping the Broom

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Outstanding Comedy Series
Tyler Perry's House of Payne, TBS

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Reed Between the Lines, BET

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross, Reed Between the Lines, BET

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nick Cannon, Up All Night, NBC

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Keshia Knight Pulliam, Tyler Perry's House of Payne, TBS

Outstanding Drama Series
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
L.L. Cool J, NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Regina King, SouthLAnd, TNT

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
James Pickens, Jr., Grey's Anatomy, ABC

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife, CBS

Outstanding Talk Series
Oprah's Lifeclass, Oprah Winfrey Network

Outstanding Reality Series
Dancing with the Stars, ABC

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New Roles for 'The Help' 

Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Three Oscar-nominated actresses from The Help have landed new roles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Viola Davis has been cast in Beautiful Creatures, about a teen boy drawn to a mysterious girl in a Southern town. The project is based on the book series of the same name by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. According to Variety, Davis will also star in a futuristic alien-invasion drama titled Ender's Game.

The Hollywood Reporter says Octavia Spencer will appear in a sci-fi flick titled Snow Piercer, about a revolution on a train in a futuristic world where a new Ice Age has destroyed virtually all life on the planet. Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans will also star in the film.

Finally, Jessica Chastain will join Warrior actor Joel Edgerton in a double feature, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers, exploring the lives of a New York City couple as they struggle with their marriage. Each film will tell the story from a different perspective.

Davis is a strong contender in the best-actress Oscar race for her performance in The Help, while Spencer and Chastain will oppose one another in the best-supporting-actress category.

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