The third time was indeed the charm for The Lord of the Rings. The fantasy trilogy's final installment, The Return of the King, was named best picture at Sunday's 76th annual Academy Awards one of 11 Oscars the film picked up (tying
Titanic and Ben-Hur for most wins in a single year). King was also honored for best director (Peter Jackson), adapted screenplay, makeup, costumes, sound, editing, original score, visual effects, art direction and original song. There were no surprises in the lead acting races as front-runners Sean Penn and Charlize Theron struck gold for their respective roles in
The 76th Annual Academy Awards and Countdown To The Oscars 2004
OK, here we go (and you thought the telecast was long...):
8:00 Access Hollywood's Billy Bush shares a limo with 13-year-old nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes and finds out she would most like to meet Johnny Depp tonight "because he's a stud."
8:05 After a preshow interview, Susan Sarandon nearly trips as she walks down from a minipodium on the red carpet.
8:12 At the end of a comedy bit with Starsky & Hutch costar Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson checks out correspondent Maria Menounos' chest and casually asks, "Are those real, by the way?"
8:13 One of the Oscar accountants waves to the crowd as he passes by with a briefcase full of secrets. The crowd collectively thinks, "Chill out, loser."
8:14 Correspondent Chris Connel
The third time was indeed the charm for The Lord of the Rings. The fantasy trilogy's final installment, The Return of the King, was named best picture at Sunday's 76th annual Academy Awards one of 11 Oscars the film picked up (tying Titanic and Ben-Hur for most wins in a single year). Rings was also honored for best director (Peter Jackson), adapted screenplay, makeup, costumes, sound, editing, original score, visual effects, art direction and original song. There were no surprises in the lead acting races as frontrunners Sean Penn and Charlize Theron struck gold for their respective roles in Mystic River and Monster. Oscar also stuck to the script in the supporting categories, with Renee Zellweger winning for Cold Mountain and Tim Robbins singled out for Mystic River. Elsewhere, Finding Nemo reeled in the best animsted feature prize and Sofia Coppola won best original
At last, closure has come to a nation terrorized by Gigli. Bennifer's high-profile stink bomb picked up a leading six Razzie Awards on Saturday, including worst film, worst actor for Ben Affleck, worst actress for Jennifer Lopez, worst screen couple, worst director and worst screenplay. It was the first time in Razzie history that a single film swept all of the top categories. Elsewhere, Sylvester Stallone scored a record 10th Razzie for his multiple supporting turns in Spy Kids 3-D, Demi Moore was named worst supporting actress for Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and From Justin to Kelly received a special governor's award for distinguished underachievement in choreography.
Michael Jackson was briefly pulled over by police Friday in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and asked to identify himself after shopping at a local Wal-Mart wearing a ski mask. Jacko was reportedly vacationing in the area with his kids when he decided to stock up on discounted Jesus Juice and dangle-proof baby blankets.
The Practice has beamed up William Shatner for a four-episode guest stint. The Star Trek icon will play an "eccentric, well-connected, power-drunk legal legend who is chief partner of a law firm that goes head-to-head" with James Spader and Co. He'll first air in late April. Meanwhile, it looks like fired Practice star Dylan McDermott is headed back to the ABC drama later this season after all. For more on that, pick up the new issue of TV Guide magazine on sale today!
ABC announced late Friday that Super Millionaire will return in May with Regis Philbin once again at the helm.
Lost in Translation was the big winner at Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards, nabbing honors for best film, best director and screenplay for Sofia Coppola and best actor for Bill Murray. Oscar's indie equivalent also singled out Charlize Theron for Monster, Djimon Hounsou for In America and Shohreh Aghdashloo for House of Sand and Fog.
No debate here: The Passion of the Christ is a hit of biblical porportions. Mel Gibson's controversial labor of love grossed a staggering $76.2 million over the weekend $117.5 million since opening Wednesday making it the biggest February debut of all time and the seventh-best bow in history. Passion crucified the competition, including fellow newcomers Twisted, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and Broken Lizard's Club Dread; the three pics brought in less than $20 million combined.
Move over, Martha Stewart! A new domestic goddess has descended from the heavens, and, with the Oscars approaching faster than paparazzi at a J.Lo sighting, she is eager to impart her wisdom to starlets who might confuse the value of a frock with its likelihood to shock. "You know what I always say?" Brini Maxwell tells TV Guide Online. "Take one last look at yourself before you step out of your hotel room, and make sure when you take that look that it's a critical look."
Perhaps picturing the gawdy get-ups that have made certain spotlight lovers laughingstocks rather than trendsetters, the hostess of Style Network's delightful new Brini Maxwell Show can't refrain from tittering. "Grab attention, yes," she encourages Hollywood's A-list lovelies. "But grab attention by looking beautiful."
Unlike well-loathed media vultures who have carved