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Whoa! Katy Perry Was Almost in 'The Help'?!

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What would happen if, in an alternate universe, Katy Perry was in "The Help?" Would it have been like when you meet your doppelganger or when dogs and cats shack up together or something? The mind reels!

We'll never find out now, because pesky scheduling conflicts kept the blue-haired songstress from making her dramatic debut in this feel-good favorite. Seriously.

As she told Teen Vogue, "I wasn't going to be Emma Stone or anything — but I couldn't because the shooting schedule conflicted with the release of my record." Get More »

Filed Under: Movie News | Source: Teen Vogue

AWWWW! Little Kids Reenact The Oscar Nominees

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Have you ever pondered what every Oscar-nominated film would be like if it were performed by kindergarteners? Was that just us?

No it wasn't, and we have the video to prove it! The folks at Jest have rounded up some of the most adorkable elementary schoolers this side of Charlie Brown and had them reenact all the 2012 Academy Award Nominees for Best Picture including "The Help," "War Horse," and "Midnight in Paris," the latter of which includes a mini-sized (literally) Woody Allen cameo. Get More »

Filed Under: Check This | Source: Jest

2012 Oscar Predictions: Our Official Academy Awards Picks

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Updated Feb. 23, 2012.

Here's some inside intel for casual movie fans contemplating their Oscar predictions: By the time the Academy Awards roll around, we know who's going to win in pretty much every major category.

Sure, there can be surprises and the occasional too-close-to-call race, but after so many other award functions play out in the lead-up to Oscar night, from the Critics Choice to the Golden Globes to the all the guild gatherings, patterns emerge and some favorites appear unbeatable.

That's why if you're about to head to Vegas (Editor's note: NextMovie does not condone gambling, unless you're sharing …) and lay down some scratch on "The Artist" winning Best Picture, the rewards, at this point, won't be too tempting. Get More »

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Best Picture Nominees Explained, in Infographics

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Some of the Oscar noms for Best Picture have some of us scratching our heads ("War Horse"… really?), which is why we're thrilled that some person with too much time on their hands genius put together infographics to help explain these critics' darlings.

From pie charts about what "The Descendants"' George Clooney looks like in a Hawaiian shirt (with a segment marked as a "Trader Joe's cashier"), to how the powers-that-be make "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"'s Sandra Bullock seem Jewish (frizzy hair dominates), to a bar graph revealing all the places "The Artist" thinks it's OK to bring your dog (suicide den included!), these visual aids prove as informative as they are inspired. Get More »

Filed Under: Check This Oscars | Source: Vulture

Oscar 2012 Poll Results: You Love 'Potter,' 'The Help' & Fassbender

Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis in "The Help"
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The official Oscar winners won't be unveiled until this Sunday night, but while the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may get all the hype, we've got this year's picks from an even more prestigious group of movie fans right now: You.

Yes, we've finished tallying the results of our giant Oscar poll and according to our faithful readers, the clear winner of this year's Best Picture race is "The Help," which won in a landslide with 41% of the vote compared to just 17% for second place finisher (and presumed Oscar frontrunner), "The Artist." Get More »

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Oscars 2012 Poll: Best Picture

Oscar Poll: Best Picture
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The annual Academy Awardsis the biggest event in Hollywood, and we're counting down to the February 26 ceremony with daily polls on all the nominated movies and actors.

The pundits have their predictions about who's going to win at this year's Oscars, but forget them and those persnickety old Oscars voters. Here's YOUR chance to vote on who and what you think deserves to win.

Let's start with the biggest category of them all. Vote and let us know: Which movie will you be rooting for to win Best Picture?

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Oscar Predictions 2012: Who Will Win?
This poll will close at 1 p.m. on February 22, 2012.

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Oscars 2012 Poll: Best Supporting Actress

Oscar Poll: Supporting Actress
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Oscar Predictions 2012: Who Will Win?
This poll will close at 1 p.m. on February 22, 2012.

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Oscars 2012 Poll: Best Actress

Oscar Poll: Best Actress
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Oscar Predictions 2012: Who Will Win?

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Did SAG Wins For 'The Help' Change Your Oscar Predictions?

Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis in "The Help"
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For a movie called "The Help," Tate Taylor's civil rights drama doesn't seem to need a hand cleaning up awards season this year.

Just last night, the movie took home three of the biggest prizes at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and awards for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer in the Lead and Supporting Actress categories. Get More »

Filed Under: Awards Movie News Oscars | Source: Twitter

'The Help' Rules the Day at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards

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"The Artist" and "The Descendants" may want to take a beat before practicing Oscar speeches. "The Help" just gained some major steam.

The period drama just dominated the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild, taking home the trophies for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for Viola Davis and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for Octavia Spencer. Get More »

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