Last night’s Academy Awards ceremony was a story of upset and redemption, as Life of Pi‘s Ang Lee beat out early favorite Steven Spielberg for best director, and Ben Affleck, long the butt of jokes for his work in front of the camera, accepted the trophy for best picture of Argo.
With nominations in 12 categories, including best picture and best director, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads the list of contenders for the 85th Academy Awards. The winners will be announced Feb. 24.
Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey easily held onto the top spot in its second week at the North American box office, adding another $36.7 million to bring its domestic haul to$149.9 million.
The North American box office hauled in $290 million over the five-day holiday period, breaking the previous record set in 2009. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 and Skyfall led, while Rise of the Guardians opened weak.
The 23rd James Bond opened big this weekend at the North American box office, adding another $87.8 million to Skyfall‘s worldwide tally for an impress two-week total of $518.4 million.
Screening an unfinished version of Lincoln this week at the New York Film Festival, director Steven Spielberg revealed a rather dry historical drama whose strength lies in the performances of star Daniel Day-Lewis and much of the ensemble cast.
Disney’s CinemaCon 2012 presentation featured lots of new footage and announcements, including details on Iron Man 3, Oz the Great and Powerful, Frankenweenie, The Muppets 2 and The Lone Ranger.
Jackie Earle Haley has joined the cast of Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln in the role of Alexander Stephens, vice president of the Confederate States.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones and a number of other noted actors are officially confirmed to be joining the cast of Steven Spielberg’s planned 2012 biopic Lincoln.