The Directors Guild of America offered up a few surprises in noms for its 56th annual film awards, saluting relative novices, one past winner and former contenders.
Seventeen years separate Julie Walters' two Oscar bids to date -- as the eponymous Rita, opposite Michael Caine, in "Educating Rita" (1983) and as the warm-hearted if determined Mrs. Wilkinson in…
Evan Rachel Wood blazes a trail of ferocious adolescent energy in Catherine Hardwicke's bracing coming-of-age drama "Thirteen."
Armored with twin Golden Globes nominations, Scarlett Johansson could be crowned the figurehead of this year's unusually large contingent of bright young things.
Holly Hunter was struck by how Melanie, mother to an out-of-control preteen (Evan Rachel Wood) in the drama "Thirteen," was relegated to the sidelines of her daughter's life by force, not choice.
Uma Thurman's tour-de-force perf as The Bride in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill Vol. 1" could easily have been deemed too much of an action role to merit dramatic kudo attention. But the Golden…
In terms of the Academy Awards, what's the distinction between a leading and a supporting role? Sometimes it's just a matter of improved odds.
Miranda Otto was always going to stand out from the crowd in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. With Liv Tyler's Arwen and Cate Blanchett's Galadriel, her Princess Eowyn is one of just…
With her starring role in "Monster," as Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute sentenced to death for killing six men in Florida, Charlize Theron shatters her glamour-girl image with one of the year's most…
Though the tough script for "Mystic River" didn't go down easy, Marcia Gay Harden felt passionately that she had to be a part of the film, particularly with Clint Eastwood at the helm.
If you think that most Brits fumble for words and never get to the point, Samantha Morton will change that view. Her clarity, integrity and drive -- let alone her no-holds-barred acting style -- have…