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Only in Hollywood could a tiny, low-budget tale of a little girl named Hushpuppy who lives in the bayou take on a historical epic by master filmmaker Steven Spielberg about the 16th president's struggle to end slavery and the Civil War.  
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"Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Lincoln" will both be vying for best picture and best director at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled for February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. Seth MacFarlane will host the Academy Awards for the first time. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said that the show will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film series.

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The American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards Ceremony took place Sunday, June 10, 2012 T 8/7C. Every year the Tony Awards is the most glamorous night of the Broadway season - and 2012 was no exception. Dozens of stage and screen stars joined host Neil Patrick Harris in saluting excellence in Broadway theatre. 

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"ONCE"  Best Musical 2012

The star studded show included as presenters: Nick Jonas, Amanda Seyfried, Tyler Perry,  Jessica Chastain, Jim Parsons, Paul Rudd, Ellen Barkin, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Candice Bergen, Christopher Plummer,  James Marsden, Mandy Patinkin, Sheryl Crow, Trey Parker and Matt Stone among others.  Performances included the 2012 Tony-Nominated Best Musicals "Newsies," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "Evita," "Follies," "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Leap of Faith" and "Once" the big winner of the night with eight Tony Awards including Best Musical Direction, Best Lead Actor in a Musical and the top award of the night: Best Musical. The innovative play "Peter and the Starcatcher" was awarded five Tony Awards and "Clybourne Park" the Pulitzer Price-winning play about race and real estate, won Best Play.

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Billy Wilder (22 June 1906 – 27 March 2002) was an Austro-Hungarian born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age. Wilder is one of only five people to have won Academy Awards as producer, director, and writer for the same film with The Apartment.

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The Apartment  (1960)

Wilder became a screenwriter in the late 1920s while living in Berlin. After the rise of Nazi Party, Wilder, who was Jewish, left for Paris, where he made his directorial debut. He relocated to Hollywood in 1933, and in 1939 he had a hit when he co-wrote the screenplay to the screwball comedy Ninotchka. Wilder established his directorial reputation after helming Double Indemnity (1944), a film noir he co-wrote with mystery novelist Raymond Chandler. Wilder earned the Best Director and Best Screenplay Academy Awards for the adaptation of a Charles R. Jackson story The Lost Weekend, about alcoholism.  In 1950, Wilder co-wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Sunset Boulevard.

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The Academy Awards biggest winner was "The Artist" with five Oscars including: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, followed  by the movie "Hugo" which also won five Academy Awards. Christopher Plummer made history becoming the oldest recipient ever to win an Oscar at the age of 82 for his performance in "The Beginners," and Meryl Streep received her 3rd Academy Award after 17 nominations for her role in "The Iron Lady." Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in "The Help." 

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George Clooney was one of the big winners achieving the coveted award for best actor for his role as the beleaguered father in the Golden Globe best picture drama "The Descendants."  Meryl Streep won for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The "Iron Lady" and Michelle Williams won best actress for a comedy or musical for her role as Monroe in "My Week With Marylin."   The French silent movie "The Artist" also was a big winner with three Golden Globes Awards including best picture comedy or musical, best score for Ludovic Bource and best actor in a comedy or musical for the lead role played by French actor Jean Dujardin. Martin Scorsese won as best director for his acclaimed movie "Hugo, while the Iranian movie "The Separation" received the Golden Globe Award for best foreign film. In the television category, "Homeland" won two awards: best TV series and best actress in a TV drama series played by Claire Dane. "Modern Family" received the award for best TV series comedy and "Downtown Abby" for best TV movie or miniseries.

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The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards winners were announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Sunday January 15, 2012 on NBC hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais.  The full list of winners and nominees are as follows: