Best picture Oscar nominees get lego treatment
January 28th, 2011
05:38 PM ET

Best picture Oscar nominees get lego treatment

Get ready to see those best picture Oscar nominees as you've never seen them before — in Lego form.

Using just the colorful plastic building blocks and his imagination, artist Alex Eylar has reinterpreted scenes from each of the films vying for an Academy Award on February 27, reports Defamer.

There's a mini James Franco staring down at his severed arm, a tiny Natalie Portman looking terrified as her evil alter ego glares back in the mirror, and a frustrated Colin Firth attempting to give the king's speech.

"It was film that inspired the Lego hobby, in a way. If you watch enough good movies, you see scenes, shots, compositions, etc that you just have to try," says Eylar, who previously re-imagined "The Shining," "Psycho" and "Pulp Fiction" in Lego form. "Out of the scenes I've built so far, 'Inception' is my favorite. The rotating hallway was a neat challenge and a big visual payoff, and that's the kind of thing I aim for."

Click here for Eylar's full gallery of best picture Oscar nominees.

February 15th, 2010
05:36 PM ET

Oscar's most controversial man

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Stars are dining on Oscar's tab today, at the annual Luncheon for Academy Award nominees in Beverly Hills.

Sandra Bullock's here, looking lovely as can be. Also lunching are Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Woody Harrelson, Vera Farmiga, Quentin Tarantino and James Cameron, among many others.

One of the most controversial people here isn't a nominee, but a guest. Daniel Ellsberg, the subject of the Best Documentary nominee "The Most Dangerous Man in America", joined the Oscar-nominated co-directors of the film, Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith. If you're old enough, you'll remember he's the man who famously leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, making him possibly the most important whistleblower in American history. FULL POST

December 15th, 2009
07:26 PM ET

"Crazy Heart" and a crazy coincidence

Jeff Bridges is earning rave reviews for playing a singer/songwriter on a downward spiral in "Crazy Heart," and this morning the role brought him his fourth career Golden Globe nomination.  Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall, and Colin Farrell co-star in the drama, and he thanked them all in his reaction to being nominated... but see whether another name he mentions seems familiar:

"The Hollywood Foreign Press has been mighty fine to me over the past 30 years, and this year is especially sweet.  I'm happy to share this nom with my buddies T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham for our 'Crazy Heart' theme song, and with our writer-director Scott Cooper and co-stars Maggie, Bob and Colin who who helped make Bad Blake such a genuine character.  I would like to dedicate this recognition to the memory of the late, great Stephen Bruton who brought his musical touch to every part of the picture."

Yes, T Bone Burnett is a music legend, but did you catch his collaborator's name?  Ryan Bingham is an Americana singer-songwriter who's gained some notice of late.  Coincidentally, "Ryan Bingham" is also the name of George Clooney's character in "Up In The Air" – and, as it happens, Clooney is nominated opposite Bridges for lead actor in a drama, along with Colin Firth for "A Single Man," Morgan Freeman for "Invictus," and Tobey Maguire for "Brothers."  (If you spot any more Ryan Binghams floating around this awards season, please let us know.)

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