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Oscars promise a night of nail-biting and new winners LOS ANGELES: Hollywood's awards season reaches its apogee on Sunday at the 87th Academy Awards, where "Birdman" and "Boyhood" will battle for best picture and veteran actors are likely to grasp their first golden Oscar statuettes. The film industry's biggest night will serve up its share of suspense as three top honors - best picture, best director and best actor - are proving hard to predict, even for the most seasoned experts. But those nail-biters will come at the tail end of the three-hour ABC telecast from Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, where first-time host Neil Patrick Harris will guide a show heavy on humor, magic and music from big artists like Lady Gaga. In a sign of how the Oscars might be split, the Film Independent Spirit Awards for small-budget movies on Saturday crowned show business satire "Birdman" as best feature and its star Michael Keaton took best male lead. Richard ...

Kirk Cameron, Cameron Diaz take anti-Oscar Razzie awards LOS ANGELES: "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas," a film which promises to "put Christ back into Christmas" and actress Cameron Diaz triumphed Saturday at the Razzies anti-award show, Hollywood's hall of shame.On the eve of the Oscars, the movie -- of which one critic said "even devout born-again Christians will find this hard to stomach" -- took the worst picture, as well as worst actor, worst screenplay and worst screen combo.The film has the dubious honor ...

Oscar best picture winners of past 20 years HOLLYWOOD: The following is a list of the Academy Award best picture winners from the last 20 years, ahead of Sunday's 87th Oscars in Hollywood:2014 - "12 Years A Slave"2013 - "Argo"2012 - "The Artist"2011 - "The King's Speech"2010 - "The Hurt Locker"2009 - "Slumdog Millionaire"2008 - "No Country for Old Men"2007 - "The Departed"2006 - "Crash"2005 - "Million Dollar Baby"2004 - "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"2003 - "Chicago"2002 - ...

Nominees in main Oscars categories HOLLYWOOD: Here are the nominees in the main categories at the 87th Academy Awards, to be handed out on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood:Best picture: "American Sniper""Birdman""Boyhood""The Grand Budapest Hotel""The Imitation Game""Selma""The Theory of Everything""Whiplash"Best director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Birdman"Richard Linklater, "Boyhood"Bennett Miller, "Foxcatcher"Wes Anderson, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"Morten Tyldum, "The Imitation Game"Best actor: Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher"Bradley Cooper, "American Sniper"Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game"Michael Keaton, "Birdman"Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything"Best actress: Marion ...

Hollywood prepares for its Oscars close-up LOS ANGELES: Hollywood is preparing for its Oscars close-up Sunday, as Tinseltown's annual awards season comes to its climax with two films expected to face off for the top prize. Dark comedy "Birdman" is vying with coming-of-age drama "Boyhood" for best picture at the Oscars, although a late surge by "American Sniper" could yet cause an upset.Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and Britain's Eddie Redmayne are among those widely tipped to take home acting prizes during ...

'Birdman' soars to new pre-Oscars triumph SANTA MONICA: Dark comedy "Birdman" triumphed Saturday at the Independent Spirit awards show, in its latest success on the eve of the all-important Academy Awards.The movie, about a washed-up superhero actor battling to revive his career on the stage, took the best film prize as well as best actor for Michael Keaton.Best director went to Richard Linklater for coming-of-age drama "Boyhood," which is running neck-and-neck with "Birdman" for Best Picture at the Oscars, the climax ...

Gareth Pugh prepares for battle at London Fashion Week LONDON: British avant-garde designer Gareth Pugh sent a model army down the London catwalk Saturday, equipping them with leather armour, sweeping black gowns and Roman centurion-style headpieces to mark his label's 10th anniversary.The models' faces were painted white with red crosses, the flag of England's patron saint, Saint George, whose legendary battle with a dragon is depicted in an altarpiece at the Victoria and Albert Museum where the show was held.To a soundtrack of chanting ...


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