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Unflinching slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” took home the Oscar for best picture at Sunday’s Academy Awards, and its star Lupita Nyong’o added to the film’s trophy case by claiming the best supporting actress award.

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Best actor winner Matthew McConaughey, best actress winner Cate Blanchett, best supporting actress winner Lupita Nyong’o and best supporting actor winner Jared Leto pose with their Oscars.

“Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live,” director Steve McQueen said when accepting the award. “I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery and the 21 million that still suffer slavery today.”

London-born McQueen is the first black director to take home a best-picture award.

In a teary, heartfelt speech, Nyong’o saluted her enslaved character, Patsey, and Solomon Northup, the free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841, and wrote the memoir upon which the film is based. The film also won the best adapted screenplay award.

Fans of Matthew McConaughey are feeling “alright, alright” after the actor proved the road to “McConaissance” is indeed paved in Oscar gold when he won the best lead actor award for “Dallas Buyers Club,” in which he plays Texan Ron Woodroof, who smuggled unapproved drugs into the United States to fight AIDS.

McConaughey, who was at one time known for his turn in rom-coms, showed off some of his charm when he gave a nod to his late father, telling the audience he envisioned him dancing around in heaven with a pot of gumbo, a lemon-meringue pie, and a cold can of Miller Lite. Naturally, he closed out his speech and a stellar awards season with his iconic line from 1993’s “Dazed and Confused,” shouting “alright alright alright.”

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Matthew McConaughey won the best actor Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club.”

McConaughey’s “Dallas Buyers Club” co-star Jared Leto won the best supporting actor award for playing transgender Texan Rayon.

“This is for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS,” Leto said in his acceptance speech. “To those of you who have felt injustice because of who you love and who you are, I stand here with you and for you.”

Image: Leto, best supporting actor winner for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club", speaks on stage at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood

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But it wasn’t all serious talk for Leto, who also mentioned the conflict in Ukraine during his speech. Before even winning his award, host Ellen DeGeneres joked that he was the “most beautiful” person at the ceremony (with his enviable ombre highlights and crisp tux, can you deny it?). And after he won, backstage observers reported that he was passing his Oscar around and allowing others to be photographed with it — until Academy officials requested he stop.

As expected, Cate Blanchett took home the best lead actress Oscar for her role in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.” Although Allen made headlines lately regarding molestation allegations involving his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow, Blanchett acknowledged him in her acceptance speech, saying, “Thank you so much Woody for casting me, I appreciate it.”

It was Blanchett’s second Oscar, coming a decade after her 2004 best supporting award for “The Aviator.”

On a fairly predictable night, DeGeneres lightened things up with some surprises — taking a celebrity-studded selfie, having pizza delivered to the audience, and suddenly appearing in full pink pouf as “Oz’s” Glinda the Good Witch.

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That’s not to say the broadcast was completely safe. Degeneres did get some jabs in: She praised 84-year-old nominee June Squibb, and then raised her voice and spoke slowly and loudly to the actress as if speaking to a hard-of-hearing elderly person, saying, “I’m telling everyone that you were wonderful in ‘Nebraska.’” The audience, and more importantly Squibb, all got a good laugh.

Her sharpest dig of the night was a tweak of Oscar-winner Liza Minnelli, there to honor her mother Judy Garland’s movie “The Wizard of Oz.” As the camera cut to Minnelli, DeGeneres praised “one of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have ever seen in my life. … Good job, sir.”

The night was exceptionally starry for space drama “Gravity,” which claimed numerous technical awards and the best director statuette for Alfonso Cuaron, the first Latino to win in that category.

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From dazzling gowns to sophisticated tuxedos, see which styles dominated the red carpet at the 86th annual Academy Awards.

Cuaron thanked star Sandra Bullock, saying “Sandy, you’re ‘Gravity.’ You’re the soul, heart of the film. … One of the best people I’ve ever met.”

“Gravity’s” awards included best film editing, cinematography, sound editing, best score, sound mixing and visual effects.

Disney blockbuster “Frozen” claimed the best animated feature film Oscar, and its hit song, “Let It Go,” won for best original song. “Happy Oscars to you, let’s do ‘Frozen 2,’ sang husband-and-wife winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The song was performed live, in a much-awaited performance, by Broadway star Idina Menzel, who voices and sings the role of Queen Elsa in the movie. Menzel took the stage after actor John Travolta mangled her name, sparking plenty of jokes on social media.

Other winners were:

  • Spike Jonze won the award for best original screenplay for “Her.”
  • “Mr. Hublot” won for best animated short.
  • “Helium” for best live-action short film.
  • “The Lady in Number 6,” about Alice Herz Sommer, a Holocaust survivor and concert pianist who died Feb. 23 aged 110, won for best documentary short subject.
  • “20 Feet from Stardom,” which focuses on the backup singers behind musical legends, won for best documentary feature.
  • Italy’s “The Great Beauty” won for best foreign-language film.
  • Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews of “Dallas Buyers Club” won the award for makeup and hairstyling.
  • Catherine Martin won the costume design Oscar for “The Great Gatsby,” an award also won by the 1974 film version of “Gatsby.”

Harris Hasty Pudding 2014 Man of the Year

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Neil Patrick Harris, dressed in a wig, lingerie and red heels, took the stage at Harvard University on Friday to accept the 2014 Man of the Year Award from America’s oldest undergraduate drama troupe.

The “How I Met Your Mother” star cast a few spells, saved someone’s life and sang a jingle from “Rent” before being awarded the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ annual Pudding Pot.

Photos: Harris accepts Hasting Pudding Pot

“I felt remarkably good in heels,” Harris said after the ceremony, adding that he had spent seven hours stomping around in custom heels to practice.

Harris was showered with ridicule by the show’s roasters, who said he was best known for 200 episodes of “crappy” television.

The Emmy Award-winning actor has spent 25 years in entertainment playing roles in TV, in film and on stage, where he has sung, danced and even performed magic tricks. He also has hosted the Tony and Emmy awards.

One of the roasters said, “Those who can’t do host, and those who can’t host host the Spike TV Video Game Awards,” which Harris hosted in 2010.

Harris, who has appeared in the “Harold & Kumar” and “The Smurfs” movies and has starred in three Broadway plays, is most recently known for his role as suave ladies’ man Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother,” a hit CBS comedy in its ninth and final season. He said he broke Barney’s bro code on Friday night by kissing two guys in dresses on the lips.

In his earlier days, Harris played a teenage doctor on the TV comedy “Doogie Howser, M.D.” He had to tap into his medical expertise on stage Friday to save a choking Jason Segel, his “How I Met Your Mother” co-star, who won the Pudding Pot award two years ago.

Harris said chuckling that Segel gave him a joke to use for Friday’s show but forgot to mention that he used the same joke when he was in Cambridge to accept his award.

After Friday’s roast, Harris attended the theatre’s debut production of “Victorian Secrets,” a play about a secret society of Harvard students in the 18th century.

The 2014 Woman of the Year was “Red” and “The Queen” actress Helen Mirren, who visited Harvard last week to accept her award and showed off her twerking skills.

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(CNN) —”American Hustle” has stepped up its game.

The comedic film, loosely based on the Abscam scandal of the late ’70s, received just two nominations at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Saturday night, but it won the big one: outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.

Star Bradley Cooper, practically yelling his approval, paid tribute to director David O. Russell for the film.

“Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” are among the leading Oscar nominees, and at the SAG Awards the two films faced off for outstanding ensemble — the SAG Awards’ equivalent of Oscar’s best picture. Last week, “American Hustle” won the Golden Globe for best comedy or musical film; “12 Years” took home that award for best drama.

“12 Years,” about a freeman forced into slavery in 19th-century America, led all SAG Awards nominees with four nominations.

Other winners established themselves as Oscar front-runners as well.

Matthew McConaughey of “Dallas Buyers Club” took home the Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role Saturday night. He plays an AIDS-afflicted man in the film.

He won the Golden Globe for the same role last week.

Cate Blanchett, who also won a Globe, won the SAG Award for lead female actor.

For Oscar watchers, the awards offer a key indicator of which way the wind is blowing among members of the Motion Picture Academy. The actors’ branch is the largest of any of the academy’s voting blocs.

The Academy Awards are scheduled for Sunday, March 2.

Winfrey: ‘We do movies to move people’

Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto led off the awards by winning prizes for supporting female actor and supporting male actor, respectively.

Leto, who stars as a transgender woman in “Dallas Buyers Club,” paid tribute to those who have been victims of AIDS, “that terrible disease.”

Nyong’o, who plays a slave terrorized by a plantation owner in “12 Years a Slave,” won over competition that included Oprah Winfrey (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”) and Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”).

Winfrey addressed the controversy about not being nominated for an Oscar with CNN’s Nischelle Turner on the red carpet.

After praising all the other supporting actress nominees, she pointed out that “The Butler” — a box-office success — has had an impact.

“We don’t do movies to get awards,” she said. “We do movies to move people.”

Rita Moreno accepted the Screen Actors Guild’s Life Achievement Award on Saturday night.

She and presenter Morgan Freeman fell into their old “Electric Company” roles, pronouncing out “SAG-AFTRA.”

Then Moreno got serious.

“It’s early in the third act of my life,” the 82-year-old Moreno said, and then went into a snippet of “This Is All I Ask”: “Let the music play as long as there’s a song to sing / And I will stay younger than spring.”

‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family’ win TV honors

Like the Globes, the SAG Awards also nominate television performers.

Nominees for ensemble in a drama were “Boardwalk Empire,” “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones” and “Homeland.”

“Modern Family” won comedy series ensemble. It’s the show’s fourth straight SAG Award.

“Veep’s” Julia Louis-Dreyfus and “Modern Family’s” Ty Burrell won SAG Awards for their performances in TV comedies. Michael Douglas (“Behind the Candelabra”) and Helen Mirren (“Phil Spector”) also took home trophies.

“Breaking Bad” won drama series ensemble and star Bryan Cranston took home the award for male actor in a drama.

Members of the cast of “Downton Abbey” knew what was coming. Before the show, they responded in unison when asked who was going to win.

” ‘Breaking Bad,’ ” they told CNN.

But “Downton’s” Maggie Smith did win for female actor in a drama series.

For performers, the Screen Actors Guild Awards represent recognition from their peers. The trophy is even called “the Actor.”

But the red carpet gave those performers some challenges.

Sarah Paulson, who was nominated as part of the ensemble with “12 Years a Slave,” was dressed in a somewhat flowy white dress. Complimented on the look, she could only laugh.

“(People will say), what’s with your weird princess dress?” she said.

And Lawrence had the line of the night for every person who’s ever had to get uncomfortable to look good.

Her Dior couture gown, she said, was “squeezing my breasts into my armpits.”

“Gravity,” director Alfonso Cuaron’s 3-D spectacle of an astronaut stranded in outer space and her struggle to return to Earth, and “American Hustle,” a glitzy period comedy of con artists and the FBI inspired by the 1970s Abscam sting operation, lead this year’s Academy Awards race, with 10 nominations each.  

In addition, this year’s other Best Picture nominees include:  “Captain Phillips,” a gripping dramatization of the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama;“Dallas Buyers Club,” the true story of a homophobic AIDS patient who built an underground business dealing with non-FDA approved anti-AIDS drugs; and Spike Jonze’s“Her,” a quirky futuristic romance in which a lonely man rebounds from divorce to fall in love with the voice of his computer’s operating system.Also: “Nebraska,” Alexander Payne’s dramedy of an elderly man (Bruce Dern) on a journey to claim sweepstakes winnings  he believes he’s won; “Philomena,” the true story of a woman searching for the child taken from her at birth; “12 Years a Slave,” the brutal true-life tale of a free black man sold into slavery in the pre-Civil War South; and “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Martin Scorsese’s black comedy about a stockbroker whose corrupt practices and profligate lifestyle led to a spectacular fall.


“Gravity” director Alfonso Cuaron talks working with Clooney, Bullock

In addition to Cuaron and “Hustle” directorDavid O. Russell, the nominees for Best Director are Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”; Payne for “Nebraska”; and Scorsese for “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

It’s the eighth directing nomination for Scorsese (he won for “The Departed”), and the third for Russell and Payne. (Russell was nominated before for “The Fighter” and “Silver Linings Playbook,” and Payne for “Sideways” and “The Descendants.”)

“Gravity” was also the leader in below-the line categories, with nominations for cinematography, visual effects, production design, editing, sound editing and sound mixing.

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This year’s Best Actor Oscar nominees, from top left: Christian Bale, “American Hustle”; Bruce Dern,”Nebraska”; Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”; Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”; and Matthew McConaughey, “DallasBuyers Club.” The Best Actress Oscar nominees are Amy Adams, “American Hustle”; Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”; Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”; Judi Dench, “Philomena”; and Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County.”

 Best Actor  

In one of the most competitive years ever for the Best Actor category, the nominees are Christian Bale as a con man in “American Hustle”; Bruce Dern, as an elderly man convinced he has won a sweepstakes and stubbornly marches off to collect it, in “Nebraska”; Leonardo DiCaprio as a hedonistic stockbroker in “The Wolf of Wall Street”; Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free black man kidnapped and sold into bondage in “12 Years a Slave”; and Matthew McConaughey as a homophobic AIDS patient who becomes an underground seller of non-FDA-approved AIDS drugs in “Dallas Buyers Club.”This is the fifth acting nomination for DiCaprio, and the second for Dern, who was a Best Supporting Actor nominee for “Coming Home.” Bale won Best Supporting Actor for “The Fighter.” Ejiofor and McConaughey are both first-time nominees.

Among the terrific performances this year that couldn’t squeeze into the top five were Robert Redford in “All Is Lost”; two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks in “Captain Phillips”; Oscar Isaac in “Inside Llewyn Davis”; and Joaquin Phoenix in “Her.”

Best Actress

Two Golden Globe-winners – Cate Blanchett, as a down-on-her-heels socialite crawling back to her working-class roots in “Blue Jasmine”; and Sandra Bullockas an astronaut stranded high above Earth after orbiting debris destroys the space shuttle in “Gravity” — were nominated for Best Actress, along with Amy Adams as a con artist in “American Hustle”; Judi Dench as a woman seeking the child taken from her at childbirth in “Philomena”; and Meryl Streep as the matriarch of a particularly dysfunctional Oklahoma family, in “August: Osage County.”

This marks the 18th citation for three-time-winner Streep, who holds the record for most acting Oscar nominations.  Dench (a Best Supporting Actress winner for “Shakespeare in Love”) received her seventh nomination. Blanchett, a six-time nominee, previously won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Scorsese’s “The Aviator.” Bullock won Best Actress for “The Blind Side.” This is the fifth acting nomination for Adams.

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This year’s Academy Award nominees for Best Supporting Actor are (from top left); Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”; Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”; Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”; Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”; and Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club.” The Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees are: Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”; Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”; Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”; Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”; and June Squibb, “Nebraska.”

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actor nominees include Barkhad Abdi as Muse, leader of a band of Somali pirates, in “Captain Phillips”; Michael Fassbender, as Edwin Epps, a brutal slave owner, in “12 Years a Slave”; Bradley Cooper as an FBI agent in “American Hustle”; Jonah Hill as a crack-smoking stock broker in “The Wolf of Wall Street”; and Jared Leto as a transgender AIDS patient in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Best Supporting Actress

British actress Sally Hawkins, playing the working-class sister of a socialite in “Blue Jasmine,” was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, along with Jennifer Lawrence as the ditsy wife of a con man in “American Hustle”; Lupita Nyong’oas Patsy, a slave who becomes an obsession of her master, in “12 Years a Slave”;Julia Roberts as a woman in a brutal relationship with her mother in “August: Osage County”; and June Squibb as Bruce Dern’s long-suffering, tart-tongued wife in “Nebraska.”

Best Screenplay

Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawkeshared a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for “Before Midnight,” the third film of their two-decade-long romance begun with “Before Sunrise.” Also nominated:  “Captain Phillips,”“Philomena,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

For Best Original screenplay Woody Allen received his 16th screenwriting nomination for “Blue Jasmine.”  Also nominated:  “American Hustle,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Her” and “Nebraska.”

Best Animated Feature

Nominees in the animation category range in styles from the computer-generated to the hand-drawn: “The Croods,” a prehistoric comedy; “Despicable Me 2,” a sequel featuring a supposedly reformed supervillain and his minions; “Ernest & Celestine,” about the unlikely friendship between a bear and a mouse, a Grand Jury Prize-winner at the Seattle International Film Festival.; “Frozen,” the Disney musical confection and a big box office hit; and “The Wind Rises,” the final feature of Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki (who won the Oscar for “Spirited Away”).

19 films submitted for Best Animated Feature Oscar


Arcade Fire, U2, Pharrell, and Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are on Oscar’s playlist this year.

Best Original Song nominees include U2′s “Ordinary Love” (from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”); “Let It Go” (from “Frozen”); Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (from “Despicable Me 2″); the theme from “Alone Yet Not Alone”; and Karen O and Spike Jonze’s “The Moon Song” (from “Her”).

For Best Original Score, John Williams received his 49th career Oscar nomination — the most of any living person — for the World War II drama, “The Book Thief.” He’s joined by Steven Price for “Gravity”; Arcade Fire’s William Butler and Owen Pallett for “Her”; Alexandre Desplat for  “Philomena”; and Thomas Newman for “Saving Mr. Banks.”

Best Documentary Feature

For non-fiction features, the Academy selected as finalists films about war, revolution, art and music:

“The Act of Killing,” Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sorensen’s powerful look at the bloody past of the Indonesian military, featuring former death squad leaders reenacting their real-life crimes; “Dirty Wars,” Richard Rowley and investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill’s examination of covert warfare and the secretive Joint Special Operations Command; and “The Square,” Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer’s vivid document of Egyptian activists in the heat of the Arab Spring.

Also: “20 Feet From Stardom,” a joyous portrait of backup singers; and Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher’s “Cutie and the Boxer,” about the stormy relationship between a Japanese painter and his wife-assistant.

Missing from this year’s nominees: “Blackfish,” the controversial film about Sea World and the treatment of captive killer whales; “Stores We Tell,” Sarah Polley’s gripping exploration of her family history; and “The Armstrong Lie,” Alex Gibney’s expose of cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Best Foreign Language Film

With Cannes Festival winner and critics’ favorite “Blue Is the Warmest Color” ineligible for an Oscar this year, the field was wide open for Best Foreign Language Film.

The nominees include “The Broken Circle Breakdown” (Belgium), a romantic tale of a Belgian musician and tattoo artist joined by tragedy and a shared love for bluegrass music; “The Missing Picture” (Cambodia), Rithy Panh’s testament to his family, and millions of others, lost to the Khmer Rouge; “The Hunt” (Denmark), about an upstanding schoolteacher (Mads Mikkelson) whose reputation and life are jeopardized by a slanderous accusation of pedophilia; “The Great Beauty” (Italy), Paolo Sorrentino’s visual portrait of the Eternal City and “la dolce vita”;  and “Omar” (Palestinian Territories), about childhood friends on the West Bank whose trust is torn by betrayal and murder.

Oscar shortlist for foreign films announced

Tech nominations

Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, nominated in the past for his work with directors Cuaron, Tim Burton and Terrence Malick, is up for the 3-D epic “Gravity.” He’ll be up against Philippe Le Sourd for “The Grandmaster,” Bruno Delbonnel for “Inside Llewyn Davis,” Phedon Papamichael for the black-and-white “Nebraska,” and Roger Deakins, who received his 11th career nod for the thriller “Prisoners.”

Cinematographers’ guild nominates 7 for best of 2013

Competing against “Gravity” for Best Visual Effects are “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Iron Man 3,” “The Lone Ranger,” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

Shortlist for visual effects Oscar announced

Alfonso Cuaron received one of his three nominations today as co-editor of “Gravity.” Also up: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” and “12 Years a Slave.”

Costume designers, who typically reward period pieces, nominated five slices of fashion history, from the 19th century dramas “The Invisible Woman” and “12 Years a Slave,” to the opulent (the martial arts saga “The Grandmaster”), the ostentatious (the Jazz Age fashion of “The Great Gatsby”), and the outrageous (the disco-era “American Hustle”).

And in one of the more unexpected bits of news this morning, the gross-out comedy “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” stands a chance at becoming an Academy Award-winning film, thanks to a nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

The nominations were announced Thursday morning in Los Angeles by Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and actor Chris Hemsworth.

The Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles, broadcast on ABC.

Link to video: Ronaldo wins the Fifa Ballon d’OrCristiano Ronaldo has won the Fifa Ballon d’Or for the second time after a stellar year. The Real Madrid forward was emotional as he collected his award and thanked his team-mates for their support.

“First of all I have to say a great thanks to all of my team-mates with the club and the national team,” he said. “Without all of their efforts this would not have been possible. I am very happy, it is very difficult to win this award.

“Everybody that has been involved with me on a personal level I have to thank. My wife, my friends, my son. It is a tremendously emotional moment. All I can say is thank you to everybody that has been involved.”

Scoring at a ratio of over a goal a game, he became the quickest Real Madrid player to reach 200 goals for the club and signed a new deal at the Bernabéu in what was a sensational 2013 for the 28-year-old. He also scored in both legs of Madrid’s Champions League tie against his former side Manchester United but could not help his compatriot José Mourinho capture any silverware in his final year at the club.

Ronaldo won the 2008 Ballon d’Or for his performances as a Manchester United player but since then has seen his great rival Lionel Messi walk off with the prize four years in a row while he has finished as a runner-up three times.

Messi may have dropped below his own high standards in the last year – averaging a meagre goal a game and winning only his sixth Primera Division crown with Barcelona – but he was hoping to collect his fifth straight Ballon d’Or.

Messi’s importance to Barcelona was highlighted during an infamous Champions League mauling at the hands of Franck Ribéry‘s Bayern Munich in April when the 26-year-old was an unused substitute in the second leg as he struggled to overcome a hamstring issue.

Ribéry enjoyed being part of an all-conquering Bayern side who swept everyone away domestically and on the European stage, hammering Messi’s Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate in their Champions League semi-final before going on to beat their German rivals Borussia Dortmund in the Wembley final.

While Ribéry collected winners’ medals for the Bundesliga, the German Cup, Champions League, Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup competitions, Ronaldo did not win a single team accolade with his Real Madrid side in 2013. But the Ballon d’Or is awarded for individual prestige and the Portugal captain once again shone brightly for much of the year.

The first ever Ballon d’Or prix d’honneur was awarded to Pelé. “In the great sweep of history, there are few names that stand out. But when we think of football, there is one name that leaps out above all others,” said the Fifa president Sepp Blatter. “No player has had such an influence on the game. No one has inspired so many to play. His legacy speak to us all. His verve and skill were timeless. His creativity limitless, his good nature boundless.”

“I got so many trophies and prizes but I was jealous because all of those guys who got the Ballon d’Or, which I couldn’t get because I didn’t play in Europe,” Pelé said. “Now I thank God that I can complete my trophies at home.”

The Fifa/Fifpro World XI 2013 was also named and featured the Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, the defenders Philipp Lahm, Sergio Ramos, Thiago Silva and Dani Alves, the midfielders Iniesta, Xavi and Ribéry and the forwards Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo.

Jupp Heynckes, who won the Champions League and the German league and cup with Bayern Munich last season, was named as the coach of the year over his fellow Champions League final coach, Dortmund’s Jürgen Klopp. The retired former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was the third nominee for the coach of the year but he did not attend the ceremony as he is on a family holiday in Barbados.

The German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, who plays in Australia for the Brisbane Roar, was named as the women’s world player of the year ahead of the Brazilian Marta and the American Abby Wambach. The women’s coach award went to Silvia Neid, who is in charge of the Germany team.

“I have to say that I’m a little surprised, but very thankful. First of all I have to thank everybody that voted for me. I just want to pay my respects to Marta and Abby who have had an incredible year too,” Angerer said.

Ibrahimovic won the Puskas award for the most beautiful goal of the season for his long-distance bicycle kick while playing for Sweden against England. The former head of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogges won the presidential award while the Afghanistan football federation were awarded the fair play award.

"12 Years a Slave" (pictured, left) and "American Hustle" led Golden Globe Awards nominations with seven each. In the television categories, HBO's "Behind the Candelabra" and Netflix political drama "House of Cards" (right) took top spots with four nominations each. Click through to see who took home a Golden Globe award.

It’s a good send-off for “Breaking Bad.”

The acclaimed drama about a high school teacher turned ruthless meth maker won back-to-back honors at the 71st Golden Globe Awards. The series, which ended its run last fall, won its first ever Golden Globe for best TV drama. And the show’s star, Bryan Cranston, finally won a Golden Globe for playing Walter White.

“It’s such a lovely way to say goodbye to the show,” said Cranston, who had been nominated three other times.

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Earlier in the evening, golden girl Jennifer Lawrence won the trophy for best supporting actress in a film for the Abscam FBI sting comedy, “American Hustle.” (She won a best actress trophy just last year for “Silver Linings Playbook.”)

“I don’t know why I’m so nervous!” a shaking and breathless Lawrence said as she picked up the award, presented by Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.

The second award of the night went to an equally emotional Jacqueline Bisset, who won for best supporting actress for the TV miniseries “Dancing on the Edge.” The veteran Bisset was speechless, at first, and then a bit rambling: “I love my friends. I love my family.”


In other awards given out so far, “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO’s drama about flamboyant pianist Liberace and his young boyfriend, won best miniseries or TV movie. Elisabeth Moss won her first ever Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in a TV miniseries or movie for the thriller “Top of the Lake.” Alex Ebert won for best original score for “All Is Lost.” Best song honors went to “Ordinary Love,” U2’s song for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” with U2′s Bono and the Edge among those on stage to pick up the trophy.

The show got underway Sunday evening with the irreverent Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returning as hosts of the three-hour live event on NBC.

About the only thing that’s certain tonight? Woody Allen won’t be in attendance to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. (Diane Keaton, who earned a Golden Globe and an Oscar for lead actress for Allen’s 1977 classic “Annie Hall,” will sub for the notoriously award-shy auteur.)

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The Globes, presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., divide the film categories into drama and musical or comedy. Leading the pack in nominations in the drama category is “12 Years a Slave,” Steve McQueen’s harrowing depiction of slavery in America, which goes into tonight’s ceremony with seven nominations. Also with seven nominations, in the musical or comedy category, is David O. Russell’s comedy, “American Hustle.”

Competing with “12 Years a Slave” are “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Philomena” and “Rush,” while “American Hustle” is vying for the musical or comedy best picture honors against “Her,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Nebraska” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Nominated for best director are McQueen for “Slave,” Russell for “American Hustle,” Alexander Payne for “Nebraska,” Alfonso Cuaron for “Gravity” and Paul Greengrass for “Captain Phillips.”

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Best actor in a drama contenders are Hanks for “Captain Phillips,” Chiwetel Ejiofor for “12 Years a Slave,” Idris Elba for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Matthew McConaughey for “Dallas Buyers Club” and Robert Redford for “All Is Lost.”  Musical or comedy actor nominees are  Christian Bale for “American Hustle,” Bruce Dern for “Nebraska,” Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Oscar Isaac for “Inside Llewyn Davis” and Joaquin Phoenix for “Her.”

Cate Blanchett, who has received the lion’s share of critical honors for “Blue Jasmine,” is nominated for best dramatic actress for the Woody Allen film along with Bullock for “Gravity,” Judi Dench for “Philomena,” Emma Thompson for “Saving Mr. Banks” and Kate Winslet for “Labor Day.” Musical or comedy actress nominees are Amy Adams for “American Hustle,” Julie Delpy for “Before Midnight,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Enough Said” and Meryl Streep for “August: Osage County.”

The Golden Globes are seen as an indicator of Oscar gold.

For the last two years, the Golden Globe best film winners — “Argo” and “The Artist” — went on to win the Academy Award for best film. But the HFPA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have been known to disagree. Three years ago, “The Social Network” won the Globe for dramatic motion picture,  while the Oscar went to “The King’s Speech.” Four years ago, “Avatar” won the top Globe honor only to see the academy choose “The Hurt Locker” as the best of the year.

Golden Globes are also given in several television categories. Among the top nominees this year are “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “House of Cards,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Behind the Candelabra.”

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The People’s Choice Awards kicked off Hollywood’s awards season with a laid-back telecast Wednesday night from Los Angeles.

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Sandra Bullock won three acting awards at the People’s Choice Awards.

Sandra Bullock scooped up the night’s first award, for favorite movie actress, and it was announced that she’d also won the awards for dramatic and comedic movie actress. Her astronauts-in-trouble film, “Gravity,” won for favorite dramatic movie.

“Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes presented the award and joked that Bullock was his wife, a prank she played along with, beginning her speech with, “I’d like to thank my husband, Sean.”

Later Bullock and movie co-star Melissa McCarthy returned to the stage to accept the favorite comedic movie award for “The Heat.”

Justin Timberlake won the second award, favorite album for his “The 20/20 Experience,” and he also played to the crowd with another celebrity. Talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres leaped out of her seat as if she were going to accept Timberlake’s award, and he later said, “I would like to thank Ellen for all the personal inspiration, and the cookies.”

DeGeneres got her turn next, winning her 14th People’s Choice Award when she claimed the favorite daytime TV host honor. Queen Latifah took home the award for favorite new talk-show host.

Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder of “The Vampire Diaries” won for favorite onscreen chemistry, and joked about their onscreen and offsceen romance while accepting the award.


Newlywed Kaley Cuoco won her first People’s Choice Award when she took home the favorite comedic actress award for her work on “The Big Bang Theory.”

“This is the second-best thing that happened to me all year, the first was marrying you,” she told husband Ryan Sweeting, whom she wed on New Year’s Eve.

“The Big Bang Theory” also won the award for favorite network TV drama. “Let’s go, let’s go, alcohol is waiting,” chided star Kunal Nayyar as the large cast mounted the stage.

Chris Colfer won the favorite comedic actor award for “Glee,” the second time he’s taken home that honor.

Robert Downey Jr. won the favorite action movie star award, and his film, “Iron Man 3,” won for favorite movie and favorite action movie.”

“I am Iron Man, and this, this is for the people!” Downey said, hoisting his statuette.

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Jessica Alba attends the People’s Choice Awards, Justin Timberlake and Ellen DeGeneres hug it out, Chris Brown goes to court, and more.

“The Voice” won for favorite competition TV show, and the trophy was presented to producer Mark Burnett, who was in the control room producing the awards show itself.

A more surprising win came when Britney Spears won her first-ever People’s Choice Award, winning favorite pop artist. “This is so cool!” she said in her acceptance speech. “This is awesome! I was not expecting this.”

Sarah Michelle Gellar of “The Crazy Ones” won the award for favorite actress in a new TV series.

“The Good Wife” won for favorite network TV drama, and star Josh Charles won for favorite dramatic TV actor.

An emotional Jennifer Hudson was honored with the favorite humanitarian award for her work with the Julian D. King Gift Foundation, and took the stage with her sister, Julia. Julian King was their young nephew who was murdered in 2008 along with their mother and brother.

Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs of “Two Broke Girls” hosted the show.

The People’s Choice Awards are determined by online voting.

Posted by Molly Dolan , December 30, 2013 at 02:05 PM

Frank Chin to receive honor at Working Wonders benefit evening on March 26, 2014
Frank Chin to receive honor at Working Wonders benefit evening on March 26, 2014

Tufts Medical Center announced today that longtime resident and advocate of Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood, Frank Chin will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Working Wonders benefit evening. This award is given to an individual to recognize contributions to the Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children community over his/her entire career.

Frank Chin is the patriarch of Chinese immigrant advocacy work in Boston’s Chinatown. He has had an immeasurable impact on shaping the physical, social, economic and cultural landscape of Chinatown over the years. Known affectionately as “Uncle Frank” within the local and broader community, Mr. Chin was appointed co-chair of a Grievance Task Force established by then Mayor Kevin White in 1969 to highlight community needs. He was instrumental in bringing many issues to the forefront and introducing resources into the community through his activism and outspokenness. The creation of the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, Asian American Civic Association, South Cove Community Health Center, Pagoda Park, and the annual Chinatown August Moon Festival were all made possible by Mr. Chin’s tireless efforts. For nearly five decades, he has advocated for community needs – affordable housing, cleaner and safer streets, small business and economic development, and youth development among others.

For 25 years, Mr. Chin served as purchasing agent for the City of Boston, under the administrations of Mayors Kevin White, Raymond Flynn and Thomas Menino. As the unofficial “Mayor of Chinatown,” Mr. Chin has been a vital partner in uniting the local community with Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children and advancing the needs of the Chinatown community.

“We are thrilled that Frank Chin has accepted our 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.  The fruits of his labor in Chinatown are evident to the Medical Center on a daily basis – we can’t wait to share his story -  and applaud his successes – with 900 of our closest friends in March,” said Michael Wagner, MD, Interim President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital.

Tufts Medical Center’s annual Working Wonders benefit evening will be held on March 26, 2014, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.  The signature fundraising event will feature awards and a live auction to support compassionate care, leading-edge research and Tufts Medical Center’s commitment to treat all of their patients as if they are a part of their family.

About Working Wonders for Tufts Medical Center:

Working Wonders for Tufts Medical Center is an inspiring benefit evening to recognize and celebrate champions of the Medical Center. Every day Tufts Medical Center is working wonders – providing academically sophisticated care in a warm, collaborative and inviting atmosphere. Proceeds from the event will support compassionate care, leading-edge research and our commitment to treat all our patients as if they are a part of the family. For more information:


Jay Z led the Grammy nominations on Friday with nine, while newcomer rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and rapper Kendrick Lamar were among a group of young performers who took many of the major nominations.

Macklemore and Lewis’ gay marriage anthem “Same Love” was among song of the year nominees and the Seattle rap duo joined Lamar with seven nominations apiece, including best album and best new artist of the year. Pharrell Williams had four major nominations among his seven and Justin Timberlake also had seven.

Macklemore and Lewis dominated a nominations TV special broadcast live on CBS from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles that also included performances by nominees Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Lorde and Robin Thicke. They opened the show with a colorful, high-energy version of their hit “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, and immediately picked up a song of the year nomination for “Same Love.”

Two nominations later, Ben Haggerty, the rapper known as Macklemore, was noting it was a “very surreal moment,” during an on-air interview with host LL Cool J. “It’s like we’re not supposed to be here, but we’re here with LL Cool J.”

Recording Academy favorites Timberlake and Jay Z teamed up for two nominations apiece, but they only had one major nomination between them this year and that came for Jay Z’s participation on Lamar’s album of the year nominee “good kid, m.A.A.d city” instead of his own “Magna Carta … Holy Grail.”

Williams, who seemed to be everywhere in 2013, is up for producer of the year and faces himself in three categories, including record of the year for “Get Lucky” with Daft Punk and “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke, and album of the year entries “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk and Lamar’s “good kid.” Drake and sound engineer Bob Ludwig were next on the nominees list with five apiece.
Joining Lamar, Macklemore and Lewis and Daft Punk in the album of the year category were Sara Bareilles‘ “The Blessed Unrest” and Taylor Swift’s “Red.” Swift is among five acts with four nominations apiece along with Daft Punk, Bruno Mars, Lorde and Kacey Musgraves. British musicians James Blake and Ed Sheeran round out the best new artist category with Musgraves, Lamar and Macklemore and Lewis.
Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” Lorde’s “Royals” and Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” join “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines” are up for record of the year. Competing with “Same Love” in the song of the year category are Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason” featuring Nate Ruess, “Locked Out of Heaven” by Mars, “Roar” by Katy Perry and “Royals” by Lorde.

Perry said of “Roar” in an emotional moment before a pre-taped performance: “I didn’t think that it would take on such a life of its own, and so I hope that the song has inspired you guys and it will bring out that kind of self-strength that you need a little bit to go through your days when they get a little bit hard.”

Other performances came from Lorde, Keith Urban and Miguel, Swift (who sang “I Knew You Were Trouble” in a pre-taped performance from Australia) and Robin Thicke, who closed the show with “Blurred Lines” with the help of rapper T.I. and members of Earth, Wind and Fire.

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Grammy nominations: Song of the Year

Nominees for pop duo/group performance and country album were also announced during the live special, by presenters including Sheeran, Enrique Iglesias and Melissa Etheridge.Jay Z and Timberlake teamed for two nominations: best rap/sung collaboration for Jay Z’s “Holy Grail” and best video entry “Suit & Tie.” Jay Z is competing against himself in the rap/sung category with “Part II (On the Run),” featuring his wife, Beyonce, which is also nominated. And he’s up for best rap performance for “Tom Ford.” He also grabbed a best music video nomination for “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” and again teamed with Timberlake in that category for their video for “Suit & Tie.”

Timberlake picked up a handful of nominations in pop categories, including pop vocal album of the year for “The 20/20 Experience.” Other nominees in that category include Lana Del Rey’s “Paradise,” Lorde’s “Pure Heroine,” Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” and Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.”

“The Heist,” ”good kid” and “Magna Carta” are also on the best rap album list with Drake’s “Nothing Was the Same” and Kanye West’s “Yeezus,” which was mostly shut out of the nominations. West also got a nomination for best rap song for “New Slaves.”

There were six rock album of the year nominations, meaning there was a tie in the category. Nominees were Black Sabbath’s “13,” David Bowie’s “Next Day,” Kings of Leon’s “Mechanical Bull,” Led Zeppelin live album “Celebration Day,” Queens of the Stone Age’s “… Like Clockwork” and Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s “Psychdelic Pill.”

Swift’s “Red” is up for country album of the year with Jason Aldean’s “Night Train,” Tim McGraw’s “Two Lanes of Freedom,” Blake Shelton’s “Based on a True Story …,” and Musgraves’ “Same Trailer Different Park.” The country newcomer also faces herself in the country song of the year category where she helped pen her own “Merry Go ‘Round” and Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

The major nominations were an acknowledgement of 2013′s top hit-makers. “Get Lucky,” ”Blurred Lines” and “Royals” took turns ruling the pop radio airwaves this year. Macklemore and Lewis had two hits — “Same Love” and “Thrift Shop” — that led to nominations.

And Lamar seemed like he was everywhere, managing to keep his profile high with a number of hits, guest appearances and moments of bravado that helped voters forget his album came out 14 months ago. Lamar called himself the greatest rapper in the game earlier this year, calling out Drake and several others in verse, and voters mostly backed him up.

West may have suffered the most from the large hauls of Lamar and Macklemore and Lewis. His “Yeezus” is already making many year-end lists, but had no hits and spawned controversy among some listeners. Others who might consider themselves snubbed are 2013′s most visible country stars Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, who were both shut out.

Click here to see Nelson Mandela remembered at the Grammy Nominations

Nelson Mandela remembered at the Grammy Nominations

Friday’s broadcast also included a tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95.”Mr. Mandela taught us what a difference one person can make,” LL Cool J said. “May this brave man rest in peace.”

The 56th annual Grammy Awards on CBS will take place on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.