Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor Wins Academy Award For Best Original Score

Nine Inch Nails founder and main member Trent Reznor picked up an Oscar award last night for Best Original Score thanks to his work with Atticus Ross on the acclaimed movie, The Social Network, a film about Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg. Reznor and Ross were able to win despite stiff competition from Hans Zimmer and his work on the sci-fi hit, Inception, as well as beating three other big films in, How To Train Your Dragon, The King’s Speech and 127 Hours.

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Jill Clayburgh’s Death Named at the Oscars 2011 event

At that moment, the greatest tension in the Academy Awards, we know the names mentioned.

This assembly of the death of Oscar: The fate of the winners has been tapped.

Actress and Oscar nominee Jill Clayburgh was given a tribute at the Kodak Theater tonight. Along with several other well-known folks who died last year, actress Jill Clayburgh’s death was remembered at the Oscars 2011 event.

Jill Clayburgh, a two-time Academy Award nominee for very best actress, who was greatest recognized for her realistic, emotionally searing portrayals in the late-1970s films “An Unmarried Woman” and “Starting Over,” died Nov. 5, 2010, at her property in Lakeville, Conn. She was 66 and had battled leukemia for 21 years.

Nominated for an Oscar for 1978′s An Unmarried Woman, which was arguably her finest screen role, Clayburgh played a vulnerable-but-courageous abandoned wife on Manhattan’s Upper East Side who finds her independence when she has an affair with a sexy artist (Alan Bates), with her character learning by the fade-out that being on her own is just fine.

Since officially began in 1993, the “In Memoriam” segment has become one of the most popular sections of the annual awards broadcast – and perhaps the most controversial. This year, the segment will be longer than ever, says the academy director Bruce Davis, clocking in around five minutes. The standard installation is running three minutes.


Kirk Douglas taunts audience members on Oscar night

Damian Grass – Celebrity News Service Reporter

Los Angeles, CA, United States (CNS) – Since suffering a stroke in 1996, it’s been hard to find Kirk Douglas at any awards show, much less as a presenter at the Academy Awards.

But the veteran actor, who has starred in more 80 films, was greeted by a standing ovation Sunday night at the 83rd annual Academy Awards.

The 94-year-old Douglas worked the crowd and prolonged his announcement for the award for best supporting actress, leaving the five female nominees sweating it out in their seats.

When it seemed like the actor was about to announce the winner, Douglas instead poked fun of Hugh Jackman as he sat in the audience.

“Australians always think they’re funny,” Douglas said, before acknowledging that Colin Firth wasn’t laughing, because “he’s British.” The camera quickly shot at Firth, who, of course, was smiling.

Douglas eventually announced Melissa Leo as the winner, who bowed before the actor before she was handed the award.

“He’s really funny,” she later told The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s an old actor. He was actually doing us all this huge favor. The longer he strung it out, the calmer I got to be. I got to take more than once glance at Amy [Adams], who was just a few rows from me.”

“The Fighter” star also apologized for dropping the F-bomb during her acceptance speech earlier in the night.

“I apologize to anyone that they offended. There’s a great deal of the English language that is in my vernacular. I really don’t mean to offend and it’s probably a very inappropriate place to use that particular word.”


Wilmington native wins Oscar for best short film

The state of Delaware had a moment in the Oscar spotlight as Wilmington native Luke Matheny won for best short film with his graduate thesis film from New York University.

Matheny directed and starred in the 19-minute film “God of Love.”

On the Kodak Theater stage Sunday night, Matheny joked that he should have gotten a hair cut for the event. He bounded in front of the cameras with a curly mass of hair.

The 35-year-old thanked his NYU teachers, his parents and “the great state of Delaware” in his acceptance speech, among others. The Concord High School graduate also mentions his home state in his film.


At the Oscars: Randy Newman offers career advice

Guest blogger Chris Kaltenbach here:

Randy Newman’s been in the music biz a long time, more than 40 years. (Baltimoreans may remember his 1977 song, “Baltimore,” a not-exactly complimentary ode to Charm City that almost got him run out of town on a rail when he played the Lyric that winter.) He’s been nominated for 20 Oscars, won two — including tonight’s, for “We Belong Together,” from “Toy Story 3.”

So it seemed only natural when a college reporter asked Newman backstage at the Oscars if he had any advice for budding songwriters looking to break into the business. But it’s unlikely she took much comfort from his answer.

“Who would want to break into it?” he asked with a laugh. “It’s like a bank that’s already been robbed.”

(For the record, he wasn’t entirely serious, admitting in the next breath that he’d encourage anyone to follow his or her dream. But he wasn’t totally kidding, either.)


Fukuda vs. Ring also part of ION Television’s UFC 127 prelim-card broadcast

A middleweight bout between DEEP champion Riki Fukuda (17-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and “The Ultimate Fighter 11” contestant Nick Ring (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) also will be part of ION Television’s preliminary-card broadcast for this weekend’s UFC 127 event.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) passed along news of the broadcast earlier today but mentioned just two bouts.

Since then, UFC officials have confirmed the broadcast but upped the number of total fights to three, including Fukuda vs. Ring.

Also slated for the ION broadcast (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) are lightweights Spencer Fisher (24-6 MMA, 9-5 UFC) vs. “The Ultimate Fighter 9” winner Ross Pearson (11-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and light heavyweights James Te Huna (12-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC).

UFC 127 takes place this coming Sunday at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. Due to the time difference, the night’s PPV broadcast airs live in its normal Saturday-night timeslot here in North America.

In addition to the ION special, the UFC is streaming two other preliminary-card fights on Facebook beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

In all, 10 of the 12 UFC 127 bouts will air or stream in some form.

Fukuda makes his promotional debut with an impressive seven-fight win streak. After taking the DEEP title from Yuichi Nakanishi in June 2009, he defended his title twice against opponents Hiromitsu Kanehara and Ryuta Sakurai. The 29-year-old Fukuda made two appearances for the now-defunct EliteXC promotion and went 1-1 for the promotion with a notable split-decision loss to veteran Joey Villasenor in March 2007. The Japanese fighter also has logged an appearance for DREAM, where he stepped in as a replacement for Yoon Dong-Sik and bested PRIDE and EliteXC veteran Murilo “Ninja” Rua at DREAM.8.

Ring, meanwhile, finally is off the bench after an injury to his ACL halted his dreams of winning “TUF 11.” The Canadian middleweight bested the show’s eventual winner, Court McGee, in the first round of the reality-show tournament, but his knee forced him to withdraw from the show during taping. Ultimately, the injury proved serious enough to keep him from the undercard of show’s live finale, as well. The Bellator vet is unbeaten in his professional career.

The full UFC 127 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (PPV)

  • Jon Fitch vs. B.J. Penn
  • Michael Bisping vs. Jorge Rivera
  • Dennis Siver vs. George Sotiropoulos
  • Chris Lytle vs. Brian Ebersole
  • Chris Camozzi vs. Kyle Noke

PRELIMINARY CARD (ION Television)

  • Spencer Fisher vs. Ross Pearson
  • Alexander Gustafsson vs. James Te Huna
  • Riki Fukuda vs. Nick Ring

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)

  • Jason Reinhardt vs. Tiequan Zhang
  • Tom Blackledge vs. Anthony Perosh

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Mark Hunt vs. Chris Tuchscherer
  • Maciej Jewtuszko vs. Curt Warburton

For the latest on UFC 127, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.


Studios Seek Millions from Blockbuster Video

The most common complaint from Blockbuster Video customers over the years was probably the exorbitant late fees, which were eventually curtailed in favor of a subscription-based model.

But now late fees are threatening to break the bankrupt video rental chain itself (if Netflix and Redbox don’t do it first).

Universal Studios Home Entertainment joined 20th Century Fox, and Summit Entertainment in filing a claim for tens of millions in unpaid fees owed by Blockbuster this week.

Universal claims that Blockbuster is making money at the studios’ expense and is threatening to pull videos such as “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” from the stores should their leases not be paid for or the DVDs returned.

Blockbuster hasn’t paid $6.4 million for leases to titles including “Charlie St. Cloud,” and $13.4 million is due in the coming weeks, lawyers for Universal said in a filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

The filing alleges that Blockbuster is taking advantage of its bankruptcy by accepting shipments of new releases with no intention to pay for them.

Blockbuster agreed to a preliminary bid to be purchased for $290 million this week. It’s bankruptcy filing calls for more than 600 of its remaining stores to be shuttered in the coming months including several in LA and Orange County.

Photo by Dave Dugdale via Flickr.