Entries in The Artist (5)


Retiring "Artist" Star Uggie Gets His Paws in Cement in Hollywood

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- A little star received a big honor Monday in Hollywood.

Uggie, one of the main characters of the award-winning film The Artist, rolled up in style aboard a Los Angeles city fire truck to get his paw prints dipped in cement.

Dozens of fans came to see the Jack Russell terrier become the first dog to have its paw prints immortalized in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater.

Asked by ABC News Radio whether Uggie actually understood something special was happening, the dog's trainer, Omar Von Muller, said, "I think so. Every time that we go out, like to a red carpet or anything like that, he knows something is happening. He knows he's going to get a lot of attention. He loves to kiss people and take pictures and all that kind of stuff."

The ceremony was also a retirement party for the 10-year-old pooch.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Oscars 2012: Too Close to Call?

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Blame it on the expanded best picture race, on the films themselves or on the guilds that honored a variety of movies: This year's Oscar race is still too close to call in some categories.

"There is a little tension going into Sunday," Yahoo! Movies contributing editor Thelma Adams told "I know who I should be saying is in the lead, and then I think there is still a little bit of mystery left."

ABC News' Oscars Stock Market Index, a collaboration with Bluefin Labs, which provides a real-time snapshot of social sentiment, what's trending and the collective assessment of entertainment industry experts, shows just how much uncertainty there is going into Sunday's ceremony.

At the final guild awards before Sunday's Oscars ceremony, The Descendants and Midnight in Paris got a boost but not the presumed front-runner The Artist.

The black-and-white, mostly silent homage to the era before "talkies" was excluded from last Sunday's Writer's Guild Awards because its writers are French. Instead, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, another film set in the 1920s, won for best original screenplay, while The Descendants earned the trophy for best adapted screenplay.

Earlier in the year, the producers guild gave The Artist their top prize, while the film's director, Michel Hazanavicius, was hailed as the year's best by the directors guild.

On ABC News' Oscars Stock Market Index, Hazanavicius overtook Alexander Payne who directed The Descendants and Martin Scorsese who directed Hugo as of 7 a.m.

Also on the index, Descendants star George Clooney seemed to be hanging on to the lead in the best actor category, with Jean Dujardin from The Artist coming in a close second.

Clooney's pal Brad Pitt who starred in Moneyball followed behind in third place.

"These front races are so close," Adams said, "there is a little wiggle room."

Iron Lady Meryl Streep was keeping her lock on the best actress race, but Viola Davis, star of The Help, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara were closing the gap.

"The issue is how much people love The Help versus The Iron Lady," Adams said, believing the race is between Davis and Streep.

Supporting actor Christopher Plummer and supporting actress Octavia Spencer were still holding onto the lead in their respective categories on the index.

Ultimately, the winners will be decided by the nearly 6,000 Academy members, which, according to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times, are overwhelmingly white and male, with a median age of 62.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


'The Artist' Has Big Night at the BAFTAs, Wins Seven Awards

"The Artist" director Michel Hazanavicius. GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The Artist captured seven awards Sunday night at the BAFTAs, the British equivalent to the Oscars.

The silent movie was named best film, and its lead star, Jean Dujardin, received the best leading actor prize.  Michel Hazanavicius earned awards for best director and best original screenplay for his work on The Artist.

Meryl Streep won the award for best leading actress, for The Iron Lady.  The supporting actor and actress prizes went to Beginners star Christopher Plummer and The Help star Octavia Spencer, respectively.

The Gary Oldman drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy received the award for outstanding British film.

Here are the winners in the major categories at the BAFTAs, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts:

Best Film
The Artist

Outstanding British Film
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Leading Actor
Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Leading Actress
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Rising Star

Adam Deacon

Best Original Screenplay
The Artist

Best Adapted Screenplay
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Animated Feature

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema

John Hurt

Academy Fellowship
Martin Scorsese

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Hollywood Expands Theater Screenings for Oscar Contenders

Ryan McVay/Photodisc(LOS ANGELES) -- Good news for moviegoers who haven’t seen many of the films nominated for an Academy Award.  The Hollywood Reporter says several studios have announced plans to expand the number of theaters showing their Oscar contenders. 

The Fox Searchlight film The Descendants, will move into 1,700 theaters on Friday, up from the current 650. Paramount, the studio behind Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, will add nearly 300 theaters Friday, upping the total to 944.

The Artist had been screening in 216 theaters before being boosted to 662 on the eve of the Golden Globes ceremony.  In the wake of its Oscar nominations, several hundred more theaters will be added this Friday.

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'Hugo,' 'The Artist' Lead Nominees for Critics' Choice Movie Awards

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Martin Scorsese's Hugo and the silent film The Artist each earned a leading 11 nominations Tuesday for the 2012 Critics' Choice Movie Awards.  Both are contenders in the best picture category, which has 10 nominees in all.

Notable names who received acting nods include George Clooney for The Descendants, Leonardo DiCaprio for J. Edgar, Brad Pitt for Moneyball, and Meryl Streep for her portrayal as Margaret Thatcher film The Iron Lady.

[Click here to see the full list of nominees]

The 17th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, will air live from Hollywood Jan. 12 on VH1.

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