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Sandra Oh and Alexander Payne dated for three years before marrying in 2003. Payne was the director of Sideways, in...

Oscar Leaderboard: Evaluating Christian Bale, Meryl Streep and Everyone Else Running in Last Place

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Christian Bale, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill. (Getty Images)Not everyone who deserves an Oscar gets one. Every year at least a few poor, really deserving, souls are forced to smile politely for the cameras while a rival walks to the stage and takes sometimes the only real shot they'll ever have at Oscar greatness. It's tough, but that's life.Of course, for every one of those near misses there are many more also-rans who never had a shot and were reminded constantly, by any media outlet bothering...Read Full Story

Tom Hanks Gets Shut Out, Sally Hawkins Comes Up Big, and More 2014 Oscar Snubs and Surprises

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Oprah Winfrey in The Butler; Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips; and Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine. (From The Weinstein Co. | Sony Pictures | Sony Classics)The Oscar nominations are here, and while there weren't too many unexpected announcements this morning, we were surprised by a few of the Academy's decisions. We have to imagine Tom Hanks is a little bummed today after losing out on two potential nods. Meanwhile it's an exciting day for Sally Hawkins, who came up big for her role in Blue...Read Full Story

Nat Faxon & Jim Rash Talk 'The Way, Way Back,' Admit to Being Insane Control Freaks

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(Fox Searchlight | Getty Images)In The Way, Way Back, a young teen discovers friendship and confidence during a seemingly loathsome summer vacation with his mother and her jerky boyfriend. It's the kind of universal American story that could catapult the writing team of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash to new heights. Yes, the two career character actors are back after winning a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar (along with Alexander Payne) for The Descendants in 2011. That win helped seal the fate of The...Read Full Story

Zimbio Review - 'THE DESCENDANTS'

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The Bottom Line Should you see it? Yes. Why? You should see every Alexander Payne movie. Alexander Payne loves to center his films around two things: a man and his environment. Election has Mr. McAllister (Matthew Broderick) and his Kansas high school. About Schmidt has Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) and his Nebraska homeland. Sideways has Miles (Paul Giamatti) and the Napa Valley vineyards. Payne's latest film, The Descendants, has Matt King (George Clooney) and his bequeathed Hawaiian...Read Full Story
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