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Milla Jovovich & Asghar Farhadi + Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt: The Oscars

Milla Jovovich Tim GunnMilla Jovovich and Tim Gunn.

Milla Jovovich and Tim Gunn: Academy Awards' Red Carpet

Ukrainian-born actress Milla Jovovich (on Dec. 17, 1975, in Kiev, at the time part of the Soviet Union) is pictured above while interviewed – or about to be interviewed – by TV reality show celebrity Tim Gunn upon her arrival at the 2012 Academy Awards on Feb. 26 in Hollywood.

Jovovich wasn't nominated for any Oscars this year (or any other year, for that matter), but she was a presenter at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Technical Awards ceremony held earlier this month.

Milla Jovovich movies

Although best known for playing the tough, slinkily dressed, machine-gun-toting heroine Alice in the lowbrow, videogameish Resident Evil movie franchise, Milla Jovovich has been featured in about 30 movies since her debut in Zalman King's overheated 1988 drama Two Moon Junction, starring Sherilyn Fenn and Richard Tyson.

Jovovich's movie credits include:

  • The Three Musketeers (2011).
    Dir.: Paul W.S. Anderson.
    Cast: Matthew Macfadyen. Milla Jovovich (as Milady de Winter). Helen George. Luke Evans. Christian Oliver. Ray Stevenson. Til Schweiger. Orlando Bloom. Logan Lerman. Dexter Fletcher. Mads Mikkelsen. Christoph Waltz. Jane Perry. James Corden. Juno Temple.
  • Faces in the Crowd (2011).
    Dir.: Julien Magnat.
    Cast: Milla Jovovich. Julian McMahon. David Atrakchi. Marianne Faithfull. Michael Shanks. Valentina Vargas.
  • Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010).
    Dir.: Paul W.S. Anderson.
    Cast: Milla Jovovich. Wentworth Miller. Ali Larter. Kim Coates. Sienna Guillory. Shawn Roberts.
  • Resident Evil: Extinction (2007).
    Dir.: Russell Mulcahy.
    Cast: Milla Jovovich. Oded Fehr. Ali Larter. Christopher Egan. Matthew Marsden. Iain Glen. Ashanti.
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004).
    Dir.: Alexander Witt.
    Cast: Milla Jovovich. Oded Fehr. Thomas Kretschmann. Jared Harris. Zack Ward. Iain Glen.
  • Resident Evil (2002).
    Dir.: Paul W.S. Anderson.
    Cast: Milla Jovovich. Eric Mabius. Martin Crewes. James Purefoy. Colin Salmon. Michelle Rodriguez. Uncredited: Jason Isaacs.
  • Chaplin (1992).
    Dir.: Richard Attenborough.
    Cast: Robert Downey Jr. (as Charles Chaplin). Diane Lane (as one of Chaplin's several wives, Paulette Goddard). Anthony Hopkins. Geraldine Chaplin (as Hannah Chaplin). Kevin Kline (as Douglas Fairbanks). Penelope Ann Miller (as Chaplin leading lady Edna Purviance). Maria Pitillo (as Mary Pickford). Milla Jovovich (as actress/Chaplin wife Mildred Harris). Dan Aykroyd (as Mack Sennett). Marisa Tomei (as Mabel Normand). Kevin Dunn (as J. Edgar Hoover). Deborah Moore (as Chaplin wife Lita Grey Chaplin). Paul Rhys (as Sydney Chaplin). John Thaw. Nancy Travis (as Joan Barry). Moira Kelly. Hugh Downer. Nicholas Gatt. Thomas Bradford. David Duchovny. James Woods. Heather McNair (as Marion Davies). Jack Ritschel (as William Randolph Hearst).

The Winter Queen, in which she is reportedly to star opposite Anton Yelchin, is currently in the pre-production stages.

Update: Directed by Michael Almereyda, The Winter Queen was eventually released as Cymbeline (2014). Also in the cast: Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Penn Badgley, Dakota Johnson, and John Leguizamo.

MTV Movie Award and Razzie nominations

Milla Jovovich has never been shortlisted for any major academy or guild or critics awards, but she has been nominated for an MTV Movie Award – in the Best Fight category for the 1997 sci-fier The Fifth Element (“fight between Milla Jovovich and aliens”) – and for two Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Awards: Best Actress for Resident Evil and Best Supporting Actress for The Fifth Element.

Besides, Jovovich has been in the running for three Razzie Awards in various categories for the following films: Return to the Blue Lagoon (1991), The Fifth Element, and Joan of Arc (1999).

Update: She also received a Worst Actress Razzie nomination for Resident Evil: Retribution (2012).

Tim Gunn movies

Tim Gunn is well known in some circles – among those who spend their free time watching TV reality shows – as the effete, eye-rolling “mentor” of aspiring costume designers in Project Runway. Gunn is also one of the show's producers.

On the big screen, he played himself in Michael Patrick King's Sex and the City 2 (2010), starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall, and last year he could be spotted in Raja Gosnell's The Smurfs, also featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Sofia Vergara, and Hank Azaria.

Tim Gunn and Milla Jovovich photo: Bryan Crowe / © A.M.P.A.S.

Peyman Moaadi Asghar Farhadi
Peyman Moaadi (left), Asghar Farhadi (center)

Peyman Moaadi and Asghar Farhadi, respectively leading man and writer-director of the Iranian drama A Separation, are seen at the Governors Ball following the 2012 Academy Awards held at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. A Separation was the Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film and a nominee for Best Original Screenplay. In the latter category, A Separation lost to Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris. (Image: Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.)

Besides Allen, Asghar Farhadi's competition for Best Original Screenplay consisted of Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist, J.C. Chandor for Margin Call, and Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo for Paul Feig's Bridesmaids. A Separation's Best Foreign Language Film competitors were Monsieur Lazhar (Canada), In Darkness (Poland), Footnote (Israel), and Bullhead (Belgium).

Jean Dujardin Asghar Farhadi
Jean Dujardin, Asghar Farhadi

Oscar winners Jean Dujardin and Asghar Farhadi attend the Governor's Ball following the 84th Annual Academy Awards Awards at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Dujardin was the Best Actor winner for Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. Farhadi's A Separation was the Best Foreign Language Film winner. Additionally, Farhadi was in the running in the Best Original Screenplay category. (Image: © A.M.P.A.S.)

Farhadi's competitors were Hazanavicius for The Artist, J.C. Chandor for Margin Call, Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo for Paul Feig's Bridesmaids, and the eventual winner, Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris.

Dujardin's Best Actor competition consisted of Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life, George Clooney for Alexander Payne's The Descendants, Brad Pitt for Bennett Miller's Moneyball, and Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Dujardin was a first-time Oscar nominee. Prior to the Oscar, he was the Best Actor winner at the BAFTAs, the SAG Awards, and the Golden Globes (Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy/Musical).

Meryl Streep Asghar Farhadi
Meryl Streep, Asghar Farhadi

Two-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep and Asghar Farhadi, director of the Oscar-nominated A Separation attend a reception for the Best Foreign Language Film nominees in the Grand Lobby of the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. Streep is a Best Actress nominee for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady. Farhadi's A Separation is in the running for Best Foreign Language Film. Additionally, the Iranian drama was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. (Matt Petit / © A.M.P.A.S.)

Asghar Farhadi's competition for Best Original Screenplay are: Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris, Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist, J.C. Chandor for Margin Call, and Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo for Paul Feig's Bridesmaids.

Meryl Streep's competition for Best Actress consists of Rooney Mara for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Glenn Close for Rodrigo García's Albert Nobbs, Viola Davis for Tate Taylor's The Help, and Michelle Williams (as Marilyn Monroe) for Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn. Streep's two Oscar wins were as Best Supporting Actress for Robert Benton's Kramer vs. Kramer, opposite Dustin Hoffman, and Alan J. Pakula's Sophie's Choice, opposite Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt The Case of the Notorious Bare LegAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: The Case of the Notorious Bare Leg.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: Bare single leg results in headlines

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are seen as they arrive at the 2012 Academy Awards. Jolie's right leg, which can be glimpsed in the above photo, is now world-famous as it was featured prominently both on the Red Carpet and during the presentation of the Oscars for Best Screenplay.

The absent Woody Allen won in the Best Original Screenplay category for Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Marion Cotillard, while Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash took home the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Descendants, a family comedy-drama toplining George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, and Judy Greer.

Angelina Jolie's bare leg, however, pretty much stole the winners' thunder.

Oscar winner, director

Known for her liberal views and humanitarian deeds, Angelina Jolie is the daughter of Best Actor Academy Award winner Jon Voight (Coming Home, 1978). Jolie herself was handed a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in James Mangold's Girl Interrupted (1999), starring Winona Ryder.

Since then, she was shortlisted again – in the Best Actress category – for Clint Eastwood's Changeling (2008), as a woman who, despite pressure from the Los Angeles Police Department, refuses to accept a “replacement” for her missing child.

Jolie made her directorial debut in 2007, with the documentary A Place in Time. Her first narrative feature, In the Land of Blood and Honey was released late last year. Set during the Bosnia War, the film stars Zana Marjanovic and Goran Kostic.

See also: “Katey Sagal, Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie: “Shock” at the Golden Globes ceremony.”

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt photo: Ivan Vejar / © A.M.P.A.S.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Oscars' Red CarpetAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: Oscars' Red Carpet.

Best Actor nominee

Up above is another shot of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on the Academy Awards' Red Carpet. Pitt was a Best Actor nominee for Bennett Miller's baseball drama Moneyball, which was also nominated in the Best Picture category. He lost to Jean Dujardin for his performance as a fading silent film star à la John Gilbert in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, which also won the Best Picture Oscar.

In addition to Dujardin, Pitt's Best Actor competition consisted of:

  • George Clooney for Alexander Payne's The Descendants.
  • Demián Bichir for Chris Weitz's A Better Life.
  • Gary Oldman for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

Also in the Moneyball cast are Robin Wright and Best Supporting Actor nominee Jonah Hill. Hill lost the Oscar to veteran Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music, The Silent Partner), who plays Ewan McGregor's gay father in Mike Mills' Beginners.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt photo: Ivan Vejar / © A.M.P.A.S.

Tom Cruise Colin Firth
Tom Cruise, Colin Firth

Tom Cruise and Colin Firth are seen backstage at the 2012 Academy Awards ceremony held at the Hollywood and Highland Center on February 26. Cruise presented the Best Picture Oscar to Michel Hazanavicius' silent movie The Artist. Firth presented the Best Actress Oscar to Meryl Streep for her performance as British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady. (Image: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.)

Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol was a major box office hit and received mostly positive notices; even so, the actioner failed to be shortlisted in any Oscar category. Cruise, who turns 50 next July, will next be seen in Adam Shankman's Rock of Ages, which also features Malin Akerman, Bryan Cranston, Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago), Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, Will Forte, and Diego Boneta.

Rock of Ages will be followed by Christopher McQuarrie's One Shot (addendum: retitled Jack Reacher), to come out on Dec. 21. The crime drama also features Rosamund Pike, Jai Courtney, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall, and Werner Herzog. Additionally, Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion is scheduled to open on April 26, 2013. In addition to Cruise, the sci-fier features Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Olga Kurylenko, Melissa Leo, Andrea Riseborough, and Morgan Freeman.

Colin Firth, 52 next September, will next be seen in Dante Ariola's Arthur Newman, Golf Pro, opposite Emily Blunt and Anne Heche. Firth also has Michael Hoffman's Gambit lined up. Written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Gambit features Cameron Diaz, Cloris Leachman, Stanley Tucci, Alan Rickman, and Doctor Zhivago's Tom Courtenay. Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine co-starred in the 1966 original directed by The Poseidon Adventure's Ronald Neame.

Feb. 22

Rio animated movie
Carlos Saldanha's Rio

Composer Sergio Mendes is still hoping Oscarcast producers Don Mischer and Brian Grazer will have a last-minute change of heart and include the year's two Best Original Song nominees in their show.

“[It's] such a lively song,” Mendes told AP about “Real in Rio” from Carlos Saldanha's animated feature Rio. “You've seen the movie, you've heard the song, it's a perfect thing to do live but … it's really up to the television producers. I was just hoping until, you know, till today, I'm still hoping. But I don't think it's gonna happen. Listen, you can't have everything. … I'll be there anyway.”

Mendes, 71, shared his “Real in Rio” nomination with Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett. In Rio's English-language version, “Real in Rio” is performed by several voice-cast members, including Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, in addition to The Rio Singers. The song's only competitor is Bret McKenzie's “Man or Muppet” from James Bobin's The Muppets.

Producers of the Oscar ceremony haven't always included live performances of the nominated songs in the show. Two years ago, for instance, the songs were shown in brief clips. At other times, there were Best Original Song medleys.

Sergio Mendes is a first-time Academy Award nominee. (As per the IMDb, his only previous movie credit as composer was “Watch What Happens,” from Dillon Petrillo's 2008 drama Hearsay.) But back at the 1968 Oscar ceremony, Mendes and Brazil '66 did perform Burt Bacharach and Hal David's Oscar-nominated “The Look of Love” from the James Bond spoof Casino Royale. (Dusty Springfield sings “The Look of Love” in the movie.)

Mike Myers Kevin Kline Oscar video
Mike Myers, Kevin Kline

In the Funny or Die-produced video (please scroll down for a snippet) for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Kevin Kline takes lessons from Mike Myers on how to hold and handle Oscar statuette. At the 1989 Academy Awards ceremony, Sean Connery handed Kline the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance (as one of the leads, really) in Charles Crichton's comedy A Fish Called Wanda.

Kline plays himself in the video: an Oscar winner who needs a “refresher course” on how to take proper care of his statuette. Myers plays the (nearly) bald Sir Cecil Worthington, whose British accent comes and goes depending on the word or his intonation. Despite appearances to the contrary, in the above picture Myers is not about to eat the Oscar statuette.

In eight decades or so, this Kline-Myers video will be as enjoyable as, say, Jackie Cooper's Christmas Party or The Stolen Jools. For now, it's not what I'd call funny – though some will be surprised at an Academy-sponsored video featuring the following line: “[Hold the Oscar statuette] below the knees! Oscar does like a banana split. But not with crushed nuts.”

 

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) website.

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2 Comments to Milla Jovovich & Asghar Farhadi + Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt: The Oscars

  1. Joe

    Angeline j.-Pretty dress-she looked pretty but too skinny & don't understand why she would want 2 show off her bird legs. She's definitely headed for osteoporosis in old age as u can tell she's not eating properly. She might've pulled off appearing 2 look perfect if she would've camoflauged her legs.

  2. Sonia

    wow Tom is just too damn beautiful and he's 50! Firth can pass for his Dad…