There's a lot of buzz around many of the great Oscar-nominated films this year, but none more so than Zero Dark Thirty. A dramatic thriller, it's a tense and scary true story that's up for five Academy Awards, including Best Actress, Best Motion Picture and Best Screenplay — no wonder there's a lot of talk. As with anything that involves secrecy and life-threatening action, there are many factors that make this story even more interesting — click through for five fast facts about Zero Dark Thirty, and see the movie at your local cinema from today!
Jessica Chastain, Matthew McConaughey, Rachel Weisz and many more stars celebrated their fellow actors and filmmakers at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards in New York City yesterday. Matthew, who wore a suit by Dolce & Gabbana, won best supporting actor for his performances in Magic Mike and Bernie while Rachel beat out Jessica — who did triple-duty that night by appearing on the Late Show and attending a screening for Mama in addition to this event — for best actress for her role in The Deep Blue Sea. Rachel's husband Daniel Craig cheered Rachel on from the audience when she won her award.
Jessica's film Zero Dark Thirty was the big winner of the night, earning best director for Kathryn Bigelow and best cinematography for Greg Fraser. Highly-buzzed-about films Les Misérables and Argo missed out altogether. However, those films and their stars will have plenty of chances to scoop up more honours once awards season starts up in earnest this week with the People's Choice Awards on Thursday, the Critic's Choice Awards on Friday and the Golden Globes on Monday.
Jessica Chastain wore a bold, blue Elie Saab dress to last night's LA premiere of her film Zero Dark Thirty. The actress stars as a CIA agent instrumental in the capture of Osama bin Laden in the thriller, which was directed by The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow. Jessica was joined by her co-stars, including new father Chris Pratt, who had his wife, Anna Faris, by his side for the debut of the true-to-life thriller. Guests including Aaron Paul and Alexander Skarsgård were also on hand to check out the critically-acclaimed film.
We spoke to Jessica on the red carpet about her character Maya. She told us she wasn't able to meet the CIA agent the character is based on, because she is undercover, but spoke to the strong women both behind the camera and on the screen in Zero Dark Thirty. She said, "When you're on set with Kathryn Bigelow, you just think, 'This is one of the greatest directors I've ever worked with.' And that's it. Full stop. You don't think, 'And she's a woman!' She's just really good at her job, like Maya in the film is."
The big winners at last night's Oscars went from the star-studded stage right into the press room to speak to assorted reporters about their honours. Melissa Leo was the first actor of the evening to discuss her new gold, though her priority was apologising for using a curse word during her acceptance speech. Best supporting actor Christian Bale, however, confessed to missing her colourful remark since he was off at the bar with his wife. Other winners like musician Randy Newman and writer Aaron Sorkin also spoke, with The Social Network scribe saying he's going to think long and hard about his next movie project. The Academy Awards' most anticipated honours went to Natalie Portman and Colin Firth, and the actress said that her baby was kicking during the musical numbers like Gwyneth Paltrow's "Coming Home." Colin, meanwhile, joked that his invitation to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding was lost in the mail, and apparently was still itching to celebrate by dancing.
New York City's red carpet wattage for the week isn't only about the Met Costume Institute Gala—stars also stepped out for Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People party last night. Taylor Swift wore a LBD for the red carpet, before changing into a sparkly silver number to perform and say her thanks for being included on the list. The country star and new face of CoverGirl was also among the Met ball's best dressed and stopped to talk about the flooding in Tennessee at both events. Lea Michele also earned her way there thanks to the success of Glee, Kathryn Bigelow injected a dose of glamour and jack-of-all-trades Neil Patrick Harris suited up—sadly another of the honourees, Robert Pattinson, didn't make the bash.
Ashton Kutcher joked about his powerlessness in getting his minibar restocked before stepping out to pose with Demi Moore and even once with Sarah Palin's daughter Piper inside. Demi was one of the last to arrive at the Costume Gala, but still flashed a beautiful smile on her way in. She looked flawless both nights and by day headed to Washington DC to speak out against child slavery.
The stars gathered in Washington DC on Saturday night for a White House function, where Jay Leno served as the evening's entertainment. Jessica Simpson hit the red carpet in a bright yellow dress, while Scarlett Johansson arrived from LA with her politically active twin brother, Hunter. Jessica Alba wrapped up her duties as a Tribeca Film Festival juror to go with her husband Cash Warren and Kim Kardashian wore her mother's vintage Valentino gown after deciding to put her hair up in a bun.
After the dinner were the post-parties, with the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair bash at the French Ambassador's residence bringing out celebs like Anna Kendrick and Glee's Matthew Morrison. Joe Simpson left Jessica's side to mingle with Jeremy Renner, who was linked to Jess just a few months ago. Jessica expressed her love for Michelle Obama but didn't have much to say about her current romantic status, commenting, "I have some situations that I am feeling out." She moved on to an event sponsored by People where she joined Gabourey Sidibe. Sex and the City 2's Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, meanwhile, posed together, while Justin Bieber caught up with "his girlfriend" Kim. Jessica managed to avoid a run-in with her ex, footballer Tony Romo, who got a head start on the good times Friday night at an event with his girlfriend Candice Crawford and her famous brother, Chace.
You've rated and hated your heart outs, stalked all the dresses, taken a closer look at the jewels and seen all the after-party frocks. Now, as we bid farewell to the Oscars for another year, let's take one last look at all the party snaps from the red carpet and ceremony through to all the after parties. I've compiled 70 of the best shots from the night so get ready to drool for one last time. 'Til next year!
The big winners from this year's Oscars are now basking in the glory of their wins, but for some, there's no rest for the weary. Some familiar faces will continue to shine on the big screen, while other former unknowns begin to capitalise on their newfound star power. Check out the movies that the victors are involved with next.
As if the Oscars weren't exhausting enough, celebrities then headed out to let loose at the afterparties. From the legendary Vanity Fair bash, to Elton John's AIDS fundraiser and the official Governor's Ball, there were tons of amazing photos from the festivities. We've rounded up 15 of our favourites, so click through to see highlights from Hollywood's biggest night!
The 2010 Oscars have come and gone with The Hurt Locker standing out as the night's big winner. The acting awards went to this awards season's favourites—Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side, Mo'Nique for Precious, Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart and Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds. The show kicked off with Neil Patrick Harris' opening number, which was the perfect lead-in to Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin playing off each other throughout the night. Young Hollywood had an exciting evening as well, with presenters including Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart, who both chatted backstage about being a bit nervous before taking the stage. Kristen got to have a moment with her dad on the way in, which gave us a super sweet sighting. Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick also made a sweet duo giving out a statue together.
The Academy Awards red carpet provided some excitement, of course, and the acceptance speeches had us laughing and crying as the winners took the stage. Penelope Cruz didn't make it two in a row, but she was holding hands with Javier Bardem when the cameras announced the best supporting actress nominees—that's a pretty big public display of affection for the private couple. Sarah Jessica Parker got animated in the crowd before Matthew Broderick took part in the touching tribute to John Hughes. Keep track of all our beauty and fashion coverage over at Bella and Fab, and weigh in on all the winners too!