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Fashion disaster? Downpour douses Oscars red carpet

By Mike Davidson LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The most glamorous of all runways, the 500-foot-long Oscars red carpet, might be a fashion disaster on Sunday. A rare heavy rain storm on Friday in Southern California has soaked parts of the red carpet laid down on Hollywood Boulevard, where movie stars and Tinseltown powerbrokers will make their grand entrance to the Academy Awards, film's highest honors.

Most Americans have yet to watch any best-picture Oscar nominee: poll

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It may be one of the best years in recent memory for high-quality Hollywood film, but two-thirds of Americans have yet to see any of the movies nominated for the best picture Oscar, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday. Among other questions, the poll asked 1,433 Americans whether they had seen any of the nine best-picture nominees, plus two other films competing in other categories. The Academy Awards will be hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres on March 2.

Movie academy's 1st black chief sees films building diversity

By Mary Milliken BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - When Cheryl Boone Isaacs presides over the Oscars on March 2, her mere presence will convey a statement on diversity in Hollywood as the first African-American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and its third woman in its 86 years.

Oscars organizers revoke 'Alone Yet Not Alone' song nomination

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has revoked a nomination in the best original song category for "Alone Yet Not Alone," after the songwriter violated Oscar rules and emailed voters about submitting the song for consideration. Musician Bruce Broughton, a former Academy governor and executive committee member in its music branch, composed the title song from the independent Christian faith movie "Alone Yet Not Alone."

Academy kills Oscars nomination over email gaffe

Oscars organizers have withdrawn a best song nomination from a composer in a rare move because he emailed voting members to highlight his candidacy, which is strictly banned for Academy executives. "Alone Yet Not Alone," from the film of the same name, was a surprise inclusion in the five-strong shortlist for best original song unveiled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on January 16.

Academy kills Oscars nomination over email gaffe

Oscars organizers have withdrawn a best song nomination from a composer in a rare move because he emailed voting members to highlight his candidacy, which is strictly banned for Academy executives. "Alone Yet Not Alone," from the film of the same name, was a surprise inclusion in the five-strong shortlist for best original song unveiled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on January 16.

Academy kills Oscars nomination over email gaffe

Oscars organizers have withdrawn a best song nomination from a composer because he emailed voting members to highlight his candidacy, which is strictly banned for Academy executives. "Alone Yet Not Alone," from the film of the same name, was something of a surprise inclusion in the five-strong shortlist for best original song unveiled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on January 16.

'Gravity' and '12 Years' share top PGA prize

The Alfonso Cuaron film "Gravity" and the harrowing historical drama "12 Years a Slave" shared the top prize Sunday at the Producers Guild of America (PGA), a first for the awards. In the past six years the winner of the PGA then picked up the Oscar for best film at the Academy Awards, as Hollywood's prize-giving season moves into full flow. But it was the first time the big prize at the PGA, in Los Angeles, has been shared in its 25-year history, according to Variety magazine.

'American Hustle' hauls in Hollywood actors' top prize

By Mary Milliken and Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The cast of the 1970s crime caper "American Hustle" grooved its way to the top prize from the Screen Actors Guild on Saturday in a key test of the film's Oscar mettle six weeks ahead of a likely competitive race for Academy Awards.

'American Hustle,' 'Gravity' lead Oscar nominations, 10 nods each

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - Con-men caper "American Hustle" and space thriller "Gravity" led Oscar nominees on Thursday with 10 nominations each, including best picture, in the race for the world's top film prize. Slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" received nine nominations, including in the best picture category. The Oscars are given out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and this year's winners will be named at a ceremony hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres in Los Angeles on March 2.
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