Joseph Gordon-Levitt looked handsome as he arrived at the Oscars in LA today. Before he reached the red carpet he tweeted that he hoped his "hot date" for the night would know how to tie a bow tie as he doesn't know how to do it himself, and later it was revealed that his hot date for the show is Sally Field, who plays his mother in Lincoln and scored a best supporting actress nomination for the role. JGL was part of the entertainment in the opening act when he hit the stage to perform with this year's host, Seth MacFarlane, and Daniel Radcliffe.
The red carpet has been rolled, the celebs have been preened and the ceremony is mere hours away. Today's 85th Academy Awards is the most hotly anticipated awards show of the year, and with nominees including golden girls Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, we're expecting big things both on and off stage. As always, our favourite celebrities aren't afraid to give us a glimpse of their behind-the-scenes action via social media, so here's a snapshot of things to come to get you in the mood for the entertainment industry's night of nights. Ready, set, sparkle!
Steven Spielberg's Lincoln is a richly explored slice of history with an immensely talented lead actor playing one of our America's most lauded presidents and a fantastic supporting cast. The film centres on a crucial period during the Civil War; Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) has been re-elected, the North and South have been at brutal odds for four years, and there seems to be no chance for peace in sight. The president is striving to add an amendment to the Constitution to emancipate slaves, believing it to be the quickest way, aside from an impossible peace treaty, to end the bloodshed. The historical film isn't without dry moments, and the pace can be meandering, but nothing can detract from Day-Lewis' commanding performance.
Day-Lewis is one of Hollywood's greatest actors, and his portrayal of the 16th president continues his streak of inspired performances. He breathes life into Lincoln, transforming himself into the thin yet physically domineering man, and exploring his quirks and oddities — such as his unabashed penchant for poorly timed anecdotes and long-winded metaphors. Day-Lewis' lumbering Honest Abe is just that; he's transparent in his motives when dealing with his cabinet as well as his wife (Sally Field), who, much to his exasperation, is still grappling with the death of one of their sons. Though it's a tale of politics, Lincoln is at its best when focusing on the president's role as the head of a fractured family. Find out what else I thought about Lincoln after the jump.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt brought his first directorial feature film, Don Jon's Addiction to Sundance yesterday. JGL also stars in the movie and he was joined by one of his leading ladies, Julianne Moore, at the premiere. Scarlett Johansson also has a part in Don Jon's Addiction, but she did not make it out to Park City for the event.
Joseph plays a man addicted to pornography and after the screening he spoke to the crowd saying that he choose the topic because he "wanted to tell a love story, and in my observations, what always gets in the way of love are people objectifying each other." JGL is no stranger to Sundance and along with his film, he also is hosting his annual "Record Room" where people can come watch performances and engage in the music-making process. We're on the scene at Sundance, so keep checking back for all the excitement!
Plenty of actors left their mark on the big screen in 2012, but there were a handful who were consistently popping up in new movies, like Channing Tatum, Jennifer Lawrence and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. These are the all-stars, the MVPs, the people whose names were constantly up on the marquee and whose faces we just couldn't escape at the cinema. Browse through and let us know which roles you loved the most!
Drew Barrymore and husband Will Kopelman had prime seats to watch the LA Lakers take on the LA Clippers at the Staples Center on Friday evening. The duo sipped on beers and checked out the halftime dancers just a few feet away. It was the latest low key date night for the new parents, who welcomed daughter Olive to the world in September. We've yet to see the little one, though Drew and Will have been able to squeeze in some romantic outings together. Drew is reportedly also working on a makeup line for Walmart set to launch in early 2013, so she's not slowing down career-wise either!
Yesterday's Hollywood Film Awards brought plenty of stars to the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Few attendees went home empty-handed — Bradley Cooper won the Hollywood Actor Award, Marion Cotillard the Hollywood Actress Award, and Amy Adams the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award. Ben Affleck also added to his statue collection, since he and the cast of his third directorial project, Argo, won the Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award. He accepted the prize in the company of Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Alan Arkin. Judd Apatow, meanwhile, accepted his Hollywood Comedy Award.
We caught up with Bradley on the red carpet before the show began. He spoke about working with Jennifer Lawrence in their forthcoming Silver Linings Playbook, revealing that on their very first day on set, the ice was broken right away since they had to practise a dance scene. Many of the attendees' minds were on the third US presidential debate, however. Bradley told us his advice to young people this election season is to vote, while Kerry Washington showed off her Barack Obama 2012 iPhone case.
— Additional reporting by Lindsay Miller
Ben Affleck and Marion Cotillard were among those who stepped out for yesterday's Hollywood Film Awards in LA. Marion hit the red carpet in a strapless gown from Dior, while Amy Adams also attended in a long Oscar de la Renta number. A Prabal Gurung-clad Amanda Seyfried, Kerry Washington, and Irish actress Kelly Reilly rounded out the list of ladies heading into the show. Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Bryan Cranston were also on hand. The Hollywood Film Awards are generally regarded as the first of awards season, which gets into full swing in early 2013. Argo was honoured for the acting skills of their cast, while Robert and Bradley picked up statues for their forthcoming Silver Linings Playbook. Richard Gere received a lifetime achievement award, while Amy and Marion got individual acting honours.
Dressing for a day at the races can be just as tricky for the boys as it is the girls. Sure, they don't have to suffer in heels or contend with flyaway fascinators, but fat ties, ill-fitting suits and out-dated sunnies will get you turfed out of fashions on the field faster that you can say twenty for the nose on Black Caviar. To assist, we've rounded up five schmick outfit ideas for the gentleman who wants to cut a sharp figure in the betting ring. If your boyfriend/buddy/brother or boss needs a little sartorial help for a day at the races, we suggest you flick him this link. Subtle? Not very. But sometimes all a boy needs is a little inspiration. Thank goodness for Ryan Gosling.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis share one character and one high-paced adventure in futuristic upcoming release, Looper. The concept is a little hard to wrap your head around, but is the film worth seeing? Check out our video movie review to see if this one is a watch, pass, or rent!