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Real ‘American Sniper’ Widow Taya Kyle Attends Oscars

Published by EOTM News Editor on February 23rd, 2015 - in News and Politics, Pop Culture

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After the glitz of Hollywood, Taya Kyle will return to the grim reality of a courtroom in small-town Texas this week as the trial of the man accused of killing her husband wraps up.

The widow of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle walked the red carpet Sunday night to attend the Academy Awards, where “American Sniper,” the film about her late husband, is nominated for several awards, including Best Picture.

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Kyle posted an emotional note on Facebook ahead of the ceremony.

“I didn’t think I had the energy to show up at the Oscars, let alone be presentable,” Taya Kyle wrote on Facebook Sunday afternoon. “I don’t like whining and I believe in the power of recognizing blessings even when the chips are down. I wanted to support everyone who made this movie representing real veteran families.”

She thanked Warner Brothers, a studio she called “exceptional to work with in every aspect” and a “fairy [godmother] for a regular woman who has kids [and] a murder trial for her beloved and dear friend” to handle at once, adding that she has been “honestly exhausted.”

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Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield were killed on Feb. 2, 2013, at a Texas shooting range.

Bradley Cooper, who portrays Chris Kyle in the film, is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.

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“He absolutely got it right,” Taya Kyle said of Cooper in a red carpet interview. “I’m so grateful for everything that went into this movie. … This is something [Chris] would be proud of.”

“My kids love Bradley,” she recently told NPR. “It is a very deep experience, and we have a tremendous amount of gratitude. And my kids … don’t even truly understand, I think, all of this, or the magnitude of this. They know him as the guy that played soccer with them, or the guy that has them laughing hysterically.”

Earlier this month, Taya Kyle testified at the trial of her husband’s accused killer, Eddie Ray Routh, in Stephenville, Texas.

Last week, the judge in Routh’s trial reminded jurors to avoid any media coverage but did not ban them from watching the Oscars. Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Monday.

“I find myself in a surreal position,” Taya Kyle continued. “Like Cinderella who scrubs the floors but has a fairy Godmother (Warner Brothers) who got me on a plane and had a dress and jewelry and even the shoes and Spanx waiting for me.
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“And so it is,” she added. “I am here. To represent my husband, military families and the beautiful people who put more than they had to to make this movie happen. I have a red eye flight scheduled to get me back for the trial on Monday morning. I am praying the impending ice storm in Texas doesn’t inhibit a safe trip home.”

SAG Awards 2015: Winners often go on to win Oscars

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The Screen Actors Guild awards have become an accurate predictor for the Oscars, largely because actors’ union members who vote in the SAG comprise the Academy’s largest voting block.

If the winners of Sunday night’s Screen Actors Guild awards seem particularly excited on their way up to the podium, it isn’t completely an act.

Cate Blanchett accepts an award at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards. She went on to win best actress at the Academy Awards. -- Image credit: WIRE

Now in its 21st installment, the SAG awards have been an accurate predictor of next month’s acting Oscars, largely because the 111,228 actors’ union members who vote for the SAG-gies comprise the Academy’s largest voting bloc.

Last year’s Academy Award winners — best actor Matthew McConaughey, best actress Cate Blanchett, and supporting actors Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto — all took home SAG statuettes first.

The ensemble category, however, have been less of a barometer of Oscar gold: The cast of “American Hustle” took the SAG trophy last year — but then watched as “12 Years a Slave” won the Academy Award for best picture.

This year’s SAG awards had the requisite pre-show controversy, thanks to a nominees list without Bradley Cooper and the ensemble cast of “American Sniper.”

Going into Sunday night, industry watchers considered the outstanding leading male actor too close to call between Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) and Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”). Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”) and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”) rounded out that category, but were considered longshots.

“As an actor you pour everything you have into every role you do, there’s something alchemic that’s happens a film, you don’t know how it will be received,” Redmayne, who plays the ALS-stricken physicist Stephen Hawking, said as he entered Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. “And the fact that so many people seem to.

Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) was considered the favorite for the leading actress award, though Reese Witherspoon (“Wild”) had earned some buzz. Though she was shut out for an Oscar nom, Jennifer Aniston (“Cake”), can take solace in the old adage, “It’s an honor just to be nominated” (albeit for a SAG). Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) and Felicity Jones (“The Theory of Everything”) were the other two nominees.

J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash) and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) are considered the overwhelming favorites in the supporting actor categories.

Considerably more drama awaited on the television side, where the above-the-marquee talent vying for the best actor in a drama series included Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”), Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Woody Harrelson and McConaughey (“True Detective”) and Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”).

Claire Danes (“Homeland”), Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder”), Julianne Margulies (“The Good Wife”), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”) and Robin Wright (“The Good Wife”) are up for best actress in a drama series.

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Oscars 2015: The Biggest Snubs…Surprises And….

By Dorothy Frazier

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What would the Oscars be without a few curveballs?

This year’s Academy Award nominations were full of many notable snubs and surprises, from critical favorite Selma getting largely ignored for major awards to surprise additions to the acting categories. Keep reading for a breakdown of the biggest shocks from this morning’s announcement.

Snub: Jennifer Aniston for Best Actress

Aniston was considered a surprise threat for the Best Actress category during the earlier part of award season, seeing as how Cake was getting drowned out by other films. However, when she scored a Globe nomination, it looked like Aniston had this one in the bag.

Before the nominations, Aniston told reporters at the movie’s Los Angeles premiere Wednesday that she wasn’t expecting one. “I have no expectations on anything,” she said when asked about getting a nod. “I don’t want to have any, and I will be thrilled, and of course over the moon if something like that happens, but I am so content with everything that has happened thus far.”

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Surprise: Laura Dern for Best Supporting Actress

Dern recovered from her Golden Globe supporting actress snub by scoring an Oscar nomination for her masterful turn in Wild. Her nomination earned large cheers from those in attendance at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences headquarters in Beverly Hills, CA, while the nominations were being announced.

Even Mark Ruffalo was excited:

Snub: David Oyelowo for Best Actor

Selma was considered an award season frontrunner, with Oyelowo’s performance as Martin Luther King, Jr. a perceived lock for best actor. Sadly, Selma only walked away from this morning with two nominations.

Surprise: Bradley Cooper for Best Actor

After getting ignored at the Globes, Cooper managed to score best actor nomination for American Sniper in a particularly tough race. This marks Cooper’s third Oscar nomination in a row.

Snub: Ava DuVernay for Best Director

The Selma director was on the short list for the best director races this year, but she was passed over for a nod at the Oscars. Had she been nominated, she would have been the first black woman to score an Oscar nod for Best Director. Luckily, Selma did score a Best Picture nomination, which was greeted with applause by the nomination audience after several key snubs.

Surprise: Marion Cotillard for Best Actress

Despite not getting a lot of attention this year, Oscar winner Cotillard notched a surprise nomination for Best Actress for Two Days, One Night. The nod was so unexpected that it drew audible gasps during the nomination announcement.

Snub: Jake Gyllenhaal for Best Actor

Award fever for Nightcrawler had cooled considerably once the Oscar nominations were revealed, but many expected to see Gyllenhaal score a nomination thanks to his haunting performance, especially after he scored a Golden Globe nomination.

Snub: Clint Eastwood for Best Director

Considering that American Sniper scored several major nods, it was surprising to see Eastwood left off the list for directors. This marks the first time that one of Eastwood’s directorial efforts has been nominated for Best Picture but not also for Best Director.

Snub: Amy Adams for Best Actress

Big Eyes wasn’t exactly an award season favorite, but considering that Adams had just scored the Golden Globe for best actress in motion picture, comedy or musical, her nomination should have been on lock.


Snub: The Lego Movie for Best Animated Feature Film

It was one of 2014′s biggest commercial hits, got rave reviews and scored a Golden Globe nomination, but The Lego Movie was shut out for Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars. At least it scored a nomination for Best Original Song for “Everything Is Awesome”?

For the record, Phil Lord, the co-writer and director of The Lego Movie, was taking the snub in stride.






















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The Academy Awards will air on ABC on Feb. 22.





Cate Blanchett Thanks Woody Allen During Best Actress Acceptance Speech

Published by EOTM News Editor on March 3rd, 2014 - in Academy Awards, Celebrity News, Entertainment News

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Cate Blanchett Thanks Woody Allen During Best Actress Acceptance Speech (via

Cate Blanchett is still on Team Woody. The actress, as expected, won the Best Actress Oscar Sunday for her biting work in Blue Jasmine. She won the bulk of previous acting honors for the role, but the open letter by Dylan Farrow accusing her father,…



Jennifer Lawrence Explains Her Oscar Tumble

Published by EOTM News Editor on March 3rd, 2014 - in Entertainment

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Jennifer Lawrence Explains Her Oscar Tumble (via AP Video) Jennifer Lawrence admits she took a tumble again at this year’s Oscars, Matthew and Camila McConaughey dish about getting ready and other fun moments from the red carpet. (March 3) The Associated Press is the essential…



‘Dallas Buyers Club’, ‘Gravity’ win multiple Oscars

Ellen Degeneres hosts the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, March 2, 2014.

Stars hit red carpet ahead of knife-edge Oscars show (via AFP)

Hollywood’s finest hit the Oscars red carpet Sunday as the sun emerged just in time for the 86th Academy Awards, the most fiercely contested show in decades with no clear frontrunner for the top prize. Storm clouds which had threatened to rain on the…



Benedict Cumberbatch executes aerial Oscars photobomb on U2 & more…

Benedict Cumberbatch’s first Oscars (via CNN Video)

CNN’s Piers Morgan talks with British heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch on the red carpet of the Oscars. More from CNN at To license this and other CNN/HLN content, visit or e-mail cnn.imagesource@turner.…



WATCH LIVE: 2014 Oscars Red Carpet Coverage

WATCH LIVE: 2014 Oscars Red Carpet Coverage (via HackedTime – Gadgets source)

The 86th annual Academy Awards don’t officially begin until 8pm ET on ABC (with red carpet arrivals starting at 7pm), but there is plenty of live coverage to be seen online before then. This year’s awards are hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and presenters…



Pink set to perform at the Academy Awards

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Pink is doing her thing –walking  the never-ending road to fame and riches…for the beloved pop diva. The singer will make a special appearance on the Oscars…according to show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

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“We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar® stage for the very first time,” said Zadan and Meron. “She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast.”

U2, Pharrell Williams and Bette Midler are also set to perform.

SEE ALSO: U2 To Perform “Ordinary Love” At The Oscars

Pink has won three Grammy Awards and six MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Collaboration for the single “Just Give Me A Reason” from her 2012 album “The Truth About Love.” The song was her eighth to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart, setting an industry record. Named Billboard Woman of the Year in 2013, Pink has sold over 40 million albums and 65 million singles.

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