The Oscars are around the corner and we're gearing up by taking a look at what to expect from the exciting night! Anna Kendrick, Zoe Saldana, and Gabourey Sidibe are this year's young contenders battling it out for our title of "It" girl. We're looking forward to seeing them all on the red carpet — watch and find out who we think is fast on her way to the A-list!
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We're finally closing in on the big day: the announcement of nominees for this year's Oscars! It all goes down this Tuesday, and I've been counting down my picks for who might end up on the Academy's final ballot. A few of the contenders seem pretty obvious — James Cameron for a Best Director nod? Well, obviously! But now let's head into murkier territory with the Best Picture race. This category seems more up in the air than the others (pardon the pun), especially as this year marks the first time since 1943 that we'll have ten films facing off for the title. Here's who I'm thinking will (or should) make the cut.
The Oscar nominations are announced next week, and until then, I'm counting down the days by listing my own predictions for the major categories. I've already shared who I think should be nominated for best actor, best actress, and best supporting actor, and now here are my picks for supporting actress.
George Clooney looked well rested and tan after his latest Mexican vacation with Elisabetta at an LA screening of Up in the Air with his costar Anna Kendrick last night. She's been in California kicking off award season with her stop at the Palm Springs Film Festival and landing new roles, and she also had time for a recent stop by the The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She opened up to Ellen about what it was like working simultaneously with George and Robert Pattinson, saying, "George gave me such a hard time about shooting Twilight. Whenever I came back, it was like, 'Oh sorry, this isn't the Twilight set. You're not working with Mr. Handsome.' He called Rob 'Mr. Handsome.'" Anna even evidently upped the rivalry between her two leading men by bringing George a signed copy of Rob's GQ. In return, George sent Rob an autographed issue of his own Esquire cover, writing, "Dear Rob, Thanks for all the inspiration. I'm a huge fan. Love, George, two-time 'Sexiest Man Alive.' "
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Thanks to a few film juggernauts, it was a record-breaking weekend at the movies, with the industry taking in an unprecedented $278 million in sales. Leading the pack was reigning champ, Avatar. Despite three big releases breaking into the top five, no one was able to unseat James Cameron's sci-fi spectacle, which brought in $75 million in its second week (that's an incredibly small drop off of only 2.6 percent from last weekend's final gross).
Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law gave a strong showing at No. 2 with their Sherlock Holmes raking in $65.3 million and breaking the record for biggest Christmas opening ever. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel followed at No. 3 with $50.2 million. The Meryl Streep comedy It's Complicated earned $22.1 million for fourth place, and finishing out the top five was Up in the Air with $11.7 million.
In just a few weeks we'll start seeing which of 2009's finest films are awarded with various accolades, but for now it's your turn to pick your favorites. So far The Hangover is winning best comedy and Up leads the pack for best animated film, but what's your pick for the best drama of 2009?
Don't forget to vote on all of my Best of 2009 polls!