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Oscar timetable back to normal next year, after Sochi

Next year's Oscar nominees will be announced on January 15, and the show itself held on February 22 -- back to its regular slot after being held in March this year due to the winter Olympics. The timetable leading up to the Oscars, traditionally the climax of Hollywood's annual awards season, was announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscar timetable back to normal next year, after Sochi

Next year's Oscar nominees will be announced on January 15, and the show itself held on February 22 -- back to its regular slot after being held in March this year due to the winter Olympics. The timetable leading up to the Oscars, traditionally the climax of Hollywood's annual awards season, was announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscar winners celebrate at Governor's Ball

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A sea of Oscar statuettes filled the Governor's Ball on Sunday night as winners chatted, ate and celebrated with the film industry's elite at the official Academy Awards party. Winners also got their statuettes engraved with their names on the first stop in a string of parties on Hollywood's biggest night. The Governor's Ball, decked out with walls of curtains made from florals giving the effect of a midnight garden celebration, is hosted by the Oscars organizers.

86th Academy Awards show opens after hotly contested race

The 86th Academy Awards show kicked off Sunday, as Hollywood's finest gathered after one of the fiercest Oscars races in years, with no clear frontrunner for the coveted best picture prize. Harrowing historical drama "12 Years a Slave," 3D space thriller "Gravity" and 1970s crime caper "American Hustle" are hotly tipped to take the top prizes at the Oscars, the climax of Tinseltown's annual awards season. mt/sst

Storm-hit Hollywood primed for Oscars drama

The entertainment world was preened and primed Sunday for the most fiercely contested Oscars show in decades, with three movies leading an impressive field for Hollywood's most highly coveted prizes. After months of drought, a huge storm hit just in time for the Academy Awards, drenching the famous red carpet where A-listers will strut their stuff as Tinseltown's annual awards season comes to a climax, though the rain was expected to ease off into the evening.

Rain-soaked Hollywood primed for Oscars drama

Hollywood's finest finally hit the red carpet Sunday for the most fiercely contested Oscars show in decades -- after organizers scrambled to make sure the weather doesn't rain on the glamorous parade. After months of drought, a huge storm has hit just in time for the Academy Awards, drenching the famous red carpet where A-listers will strut their stuff as Tinseltown's annual awards season comes to a climax.

Hollywood primed for (possibly soggy) Oscars night

Hollywood is ready for its close-up Sunday as stars gather for the most fiercely contested Oscars show in decades, but organizers hope the weather doesn't rain on their glamorous red carpet parade. Forecasters predict Los Angeles could have its biggest storm for two years from Friday and potentially through the weekend, when the movie industry's finest come together for the climax of the annual awards season.

Oscar, the golden statuette coveted by Hollywood

He stands only 13.5 inches (34 centimeters) tall and weighs just 8.5 pounds (3.85 kilos) -- but Oscar, in all his bald gold-plated glory, is the holy grail of Hollywood. The iconic statuette was created in 1929, two years after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, by the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) studios, Louis Mayer. The idea came from MGM's artistic director, Cedric Gibbons, and it was a Los Angeles artist, George Stanley, who sculpted the first statuette of a knight standing on a reel of film gripping a crusader's sword.

Hollywood Oscar campaigns: A civil affair in a wide-open field

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In an industry known for its boundless self-promotion, campaigning for this year's Oscars has been a relatively civil affair, compared with the bare-knuckled sparring of years past. But that does not mean studios have toned down the campaigns around their films and nominees. In fact, Oscar watchers believe this awards season has been the most feverishly contested in recent memory.

"American Hustle," "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" win at SAG Awards

Los Angeles, Jan 19 (EFE).- "American Hustle" came away with the most important film trophy at the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards, presented by the SAG-AFTRA actors union, on the weekend at a Los Angeles gala where the television series "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" also triumphed. Veteran Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno was honored for her career, giving the ceremony a musical flavor, while Spaniard Daniel Brühl was denied his best supporting actor bid for "Rush."
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