The Independent Spirit Awards took place in LA today with stars stepping out ahead of tomorrow's Oscars. Many of award season's biggest names, including Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, walked the pink carpet and, once inside, mingled with other nominees and presenters. We've collected all of the show's highlights for you, from Matthew McConaughey's acceptance speech to Amy Poehler's stage moment, plus more snaps of the stars presenting awards, accepting their trophies, and cheering for their friends at the event.
Bradley Cooper was in good spirits at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, CA, today, sporting a stylish three-piece suit. The actor joined Bryan Cranston on the carpet for a pleasant exchange that had both actors laughing, then caught up with his Silver Linings Playbook costar Chris Tucker. Their film is up for several big awards today, including best feature, best screenplay, and best actor for Bradley.
Silver Linings Playbook and Beasts of the Southern Wild are the only best feature nominees that are also up for a best picture Oscar tomorrow. Bradley is also in the running for the Academy's best actor award, and he'll face off with Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Denzel Washington for the honor.
Ben Affleck, George Clooney, and Anne Hathaway were having a great time mingling with their Hollywood peers at the 2013 Golden Globes on Sunday night. Ben and George posed for photos with Jon Hamm while Anne shared a moment with her Les Misérables costar — and fellow Globe winner — Hugh Jackman. Both Ben and George had love for their leading ladies. Ben shared a sweet kiss with wife Jennifer Garner, while George had a moment with both host Amy Poehler and his own girlfriend Stacy Keibler. The Silver Linings Playbook crew, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and director David O. Russell, looked cozy at their table.
Click through to see these stars and many more in behind-the-scenes dinner snaps from the award show, and be sure to share your thoughts on all the Globes fashion moments with our red-carpet beauty and fashion polls.
Ben Affleck premiered his Argo at the BFI London Film Festival this evening. He was joined at the Odeon Leicester Square theater by his leading men Bryan Cranston and John Goodman. Ben brought the thriller, which came in at the No. 2 spot at the US box office last weekend, to England after a stay in France with his wife, Jennifer Garner. Ben and Jen's romantic trip to Paris lasted only a few days, but they were able to fit in a shopping excursion to Chanel and even a romantic dinner date. The London Film Festival has also brought Marion Cotillard to England — Marion debuted Rust and Bone there over the weekend.
Ben Affleck hosted a special screening of his film Argo last night at the Writers' Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. He was joined by several of his cast members, including Bryan Cranston, Scoot McNairy, and Clea Duvall, and celebrity guests including Sam Trammell and new parents Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price. The event was a fundraiser for two causes close to Ben's heart: the Eastern Congo Initiative and Children Mending Hearts. Ben has been traveling to the Congo since 2007 in the hopes of helping the people of the war-torn African country.
After presenting the movie — Ben joked that the audience was extremely lucky for seeing it one day before it hits theaters as he introduced it — Jimmy Kimmel came on stage for a Q&A session with Ben, producer Grant Heslov, and the cast. Despite the film's sometimes heavy subject matter, Jimmy kept the tone of the panel relatively light, and even ribbed Ben for exaggerating some elements of the true-life story to bolster the movie's drama. Here are some of Ben's answers:
- On tweaking the true story to create drama: "We definitely embellished the third act stuff to give ourselves a third act . . . I thought this was a more interesting and more powerful way [to tell the story]. You have to serve two masters, and the core spine of this movie is 100 percent true."
- On capturing the look of the late 1970s: "These guys really, they don't look anything like the real people, but it speaks volumes for what bad hair and fake mustaches and eyeglasses can do."
- On people who consulted on the movie: "We had a few different technical advisers, you know . . . the actual Tony Mendez [who Ben plays] and we had some of the actual house guests . . . and we had a lot of Iranian folks. There wasn't one Iranian extra who didn't want to be a technical adviser. We enjoyed those contributions."
Jennifer Garner wore Roberto Cavalli to join her husband, Ben Affleck, at the Washington DC premiere of Argo last night. The screening was a convenient one for Jen to make, since earlier in the day she was on Capital Hill to speak with a group of congresspeople about the release of "America's Report Card 2012: Children in the US." Ben went down to DC after a few days in NYC, where he was busy doing interviews about his third directorial effort, which is out tomorrow, and hosting a Big Apple screening. Ben, Matt Damon, and George Clooney attended Argo's NYC event and even partied afterward over steaks.
Ben Affleck had his best buds Matt Damon and George Clooney for support at last night's NYC premiere of Argo, which is out Friday. The trio made the rounds at the debut, held at the Time Warner Screening Room, and then moved the fun times on to the Porter House restaurant. They had the company of other friends like Michael Douglas, Oliver Stone, and Ted Koppel. The screening also brought out celebs curious to see Ben's latest like Kate Upton, Sting, and Richard Gere. Ben and George, along with George's longtime work partner Grant Heslov, actually produced the picture together, and they were able to toast the finished project along with the film's stars Bryan Cranston, Tate Donovan, and Scoot McNairy.
Bryan Cranston may play the villain in Total Recall, but when we sat down with him at a recent press day for the movie, he told us he saw his character Cohaagen as more than just a basic bad guy. We also asked the actor about a connection we noticed between Cohaagen and Breaking Bad's Walter White and why he thinks the 1960s sci-fi story that Total Recall is based on still feels relevant for today's audiences. Watch our interview, and catch Total Recall in theaters now.
Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel joined their Total Recall leading man Colin Farrell on the red carpet at LA's Grauman's Chinese Theatre for their premiere last night. Jessica went ladylike in pink Christian Dior Couture, and Kate upped the drama in a reptilian Armani Privé creation. Kate walked the red carpet with her husband, the movie's director, Len Wiseman. Jessica's other half, Justin Timberlake, wasn't able to make it. She told us yesterday that he's off working on his own movie, so he wasn't able to weigh in on her sartorial decisions like he usually does. Colin also had a lady on his arm, his sister Claudine Farrell. Colin mentioned to us that he was excited to see the action film for the first time, as a finished product, at Grauman's. He celebrated Len's creation with Jessica and Kate at the afterparty. Stay tuned for our video from the event later today on PopSugar Rush!