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On the Scene: SAG Awards
Betty White Sandra Bullock Jeff Bridges
Betty White
Sandra Bullock
Jeff Bridges
Tina Fey Drew Barrymore Christoph Waltz & Diane Kruger
Tina Fey
Drew Barrymore
Christoph Waltz & Diane Kruger
Justin Timberlake Sophia Loren Julianna Margulies
Justin Timberlake
Sophia Loren
Julianna Margulies

Los Angeles, January 23, 2010 – There wasn’t a tool belt in sight at the SAG Awards, where the entertainment industry’s working stiff union workers pay tribute to their own.  The skies cleared after days of rain, and Hollywood stars trod the red carpet dressed to the nines.  (Although none of the actors from the movie Nine won anything.)

Despite her moving Best Actress acceptance speech, Sandra Bullock displayed her comedic talents in presenting Betty White with a Lifetime Achievement Award: “She starred in four different television shows called The Betty White Show. Four. Most people would stop naming shows after themselves after the third one.”  (Bullock is turning out to be an entertaining presence of this year’s awards circuit, after kissing Meryl Streep at the Critics’ Choice Awards.)  Backstage, Bullock said she was surprised by her SAG win.  “My money was on Meryl,” she said. 

The 88-year-old White was no slouch in the comedy department herself, coming back at Bulock with, “Isn’t it heartening to see how far a girl as plain as she is can go?”  White continued to crack jokes, and working a high-slit dress, told reporters backstage, “You’ve got to use everything you possibly can!”

Other notable union label winners included Drew “Um” Barrymore, Jeff Bridges, Julianna Margulies, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Kevin Bacon and Mo’Nique

On the Scene: 2009 National Board of Review Awards
Woody Harrelson George Clooney & Elisabetta Canali Carey Mulligan
Woody Harrelson
George Clooney & Elisabetta Canali
Carey Mulligan
Morgan Freeman Anna Kendrick Jeremy Renner
Morgan Freeman
Anna Kendrick
Jeremy Renner

New York, January 12, 2010 – The National Board of Review’s annual awards dinner was, as always, not televised and therefore loose, with lots of jokes and back-and-forth banter between the evening’s honorees and presenters.  Accepting his Best Actor trophy, Up in the Air star George Clooney noted that actors are only as good as the screenplay and director, and gave one illustrious example: “You know, I was also Batman in Batman & Robin, so I know how to be bad,” Clooney told the crowd.  “I mean, you give me a rubber suit with nipples on it, I can rock Batman.  Give me another shot; I’m on it!”

Woody Harrelson, named Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Messenger, thanked his handlers and the studio “for giving me the opportunity to do what I love to do most – tons of press. That’s where the fun is.”  Harrelson, who plays a military messenger in the movie, also thanked members of the U.S. armed forces he met “who accepted a Hawaiian hippie peacenik as part of the family.”

Precious star Gabourey Sidibe acknowledged her newcomer status among the crowd of Hollywood luminaries, saying, “I’d like to thank you all for not throwing rocks when I walked in, because I really feel very different, and it’s really hard to get used to this room.” 

Other winners and presenters included Joel and Ethan Coen, J.J. Abrams, Jeremy Renner, Anna Kendrick, Morgan Freeman, Carey Mulligan and Clint Eastwood, who sent regards via video, since he was off shooting a movie.

On the Scene: NY Film Critics Circle Awards
Christoph Watlz George Clooney & Elisabetta Canali Kathryn Bigelow
Christoph Waltz
George Clooney & Elisabetta Canalis
Kathryn Bigelow
James Gandolfini & Deboerah Lin Wes Anderson Michael Fassbender
James Gandolfini & Deborah Lin
Wes Anderson
Michael Fassbender takes a smoke break

New York, January 11, 2010 – Awards season got into full swing this week, kicking of on Monday with the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.  Everyone forgot all about movies when George Clooney, named Best Actor for both Up in the Air and Fantastic Mr. Fox, walked in - and not because of his blindingly good looks.  On his arm was his latest lady love, Elisabetta Canalis.  The two walked the red carpet together, officially putting an end to speculation about whether the Italian beauty would be George’s arm candy on this year’s awards circuit.  Designers must be sending her dresses by the truckload. 

Best actress Meryl Streep was press shy, as usual, breezing into the venue and not even posing for a photo.  The equally shy Wes Anderson, whose Mr. Fox was Best Animated Film, nervously smiled for pictures and then zipped away before saying a word to reporters.  The press-averse Mo’Nique, as expected, did not show up to pick up her Best Supporting Actress trophy.

The Hurt Locker had a big night, with Kathryn Bigelow taking home two awards for Best Picture and Best Director.  And after his many years as a relatively unknown actor, suddenly everyone knows Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz after his stunning performance in Inglorious Basterds.  

Presenters and guests included James Gandolfini, Lynn Redgrave, Amy Ryan and Christine Lahti.

Additional photos by Caroline Torem Craig

On the Scene: IFP Gotham Awards
Stanley Tucci & Brooke Shields Natalie Portman Alec Baldwin & Derick Martini
Stanley Tucci & Brooke Shields
Natalie Portman
Derick Martini & Alec Baldwin
Kristen Wiig Chris Rock & Malaak Ryan Reynolds
Kristen Wiig
Chris Rock Malaak Compton-Rock
Ryan Reynolds

New York, November 30, 2009 – The movie awards season got its official start on Monday with the IFP’s Gotham Independent Film Awards.  Big stars like Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Willem Dafoe and Ryan Reynolds gathered at Cipriani Wall Street to celebrate indie movies like Big Fan, A Serious Man and The Hurt Locker

The evening’s funniest shtick was from presenters Rosie Perez and Anthony Mackie, who opened with a shout out to the host, comic Kumail Nanjiani: “That guy - I don't know how to pronounce his name - but you're a funny motherf---er,” said Perez, stunning the audience into silence.  “We can curse right?” she asked innocently, and then rambled on hilariously on everything from having once married a Breakthrough Director winner, but being embarrassed because they are now divorced, congratulating the Yankees on their winning season, and toasting a mortified Willem Dafoe on his large member in the movie Antichrist.

Not all of the nominees were unknowns – Chris Rock, the Coen brothers, James Toback and David Strathairn were all up for awards.  Receiving Gothams special tributes were director Kathryn Bigelow, actors Natalie Portman and Stanley Tucci, and producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner

Boys Rule at Teen Choice Awards
Robert Pattinson Zac Efron
Robert Pattinson
Zac Efron
Chace Crawford Joe Jonas
Chace Crawford
Joe Jonas

Los Angeles, August 9, 2009 – Let’s face it, the 2009 Teen Choice Awards was all about the guys.  While the Gibson Amphitheatre stage was swarming with gorgeous gals, the evening’s hottest, Transformers star Megan Fox, summed up the mood of the ceremony when accepting her Choice award for Female Hottie:  “I love you guys. And I'm gonna shut up now so you can all look at Robert Pattinson," Fox told the crowd.  And look they did: Pattinson’s Male Hottie award was one of 11 for Twilight

With hosts the Jonas Brothers receiving several awards along with Zac Efron, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick, screaming female fans were everywhere.

The Teen Choice Awards airs on Monday, August 10, at 8 PM E.T. on Fox

On the Scene at Songwriters' Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Crosby Stills & Nash Richie Sambora & Jon Bon Jovi
Graham Nash, Stephen Stills & David Crosby
Richie Sambora & Jon Bon Jovi
Clint Black & Andy Williams Chris Daughtry Tom Jones & Kara DioGuardi
Clint Black & Andy Williams
Chris Daughtry
Kara DioGuardi & Tom Jones

New York, June 18, 2009 – 2009 inductees to the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame included Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora; David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash of Crosby Stills & Nash, and many others. 

At the ceremony, attendees were treated to jaw-dropping performances by Bon Jovi and CSN as well as Clint Black, James Taylor, Chris Daughtry, Jason Mraz and BeBe Winans

Tom Jones, he of the swiveling hips, was honored with the Hitmaker award, and sang Green Green Grass, and followed that with his hit It’s Not Unusual!  Sir Tom also mentioned in his speech that he never expected to be honored by songwriters – but maybe there’ll be more to come, since he’s been writing his own songs recently. 

The evening’s biggest surprise came while singer Monica Mancini was singing Moon River: suddenly Andy Williams, who made the song famous, joined her onstage and finished the song.  Moon River received the Towering Hit award at the ceremony.

Country star Joe Nichols is preparing for his upcoming Broadway appearance in Pure Country by studying the songs and honing his acting skills, but he doesn’t yet know if he’ll be required to dance.  “If we’re doing dance numbers, that’s going to take a lot of work for me,” he said.  “A lot of work.”

CFDA Awards + High Line Opening = One Big Night
Taylor Lautner Claire Danes & Narciso Rodriguez Tracey Ullman
Twilight star Taylor Lautner
Claire Danes & Narciso Rodriguez
Tracey Ullman
Jack White & Anna Sui Heidi Klum & Michael Kors Diane Kruger & Jason Wu
Jack White & Anna Sui
Heidi Klum & Michael Kors
Diane Kruger & Jason Wu

New York, June 15, 2009 – With the big opening party for the long-awaited High Line park falling the same night as the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards, Monday was one big – and long – night in New York City.  While the fashion folks were handing out awards at Lincoln Center, Friends of the High Line supporters gathered downtown at Chelsea Piers for their summer benefit honoring actor Edward Norton and philanthropists Lisa Maria and Philip Falcone, who donated $10 million to the park. 

But that was just the start of the evening, as attendees from both events converged at the High Line, where Calvin Klein Collection sponsored the first party at the new park, located on an elevated railroad track running through West Chelsea and the meatpacking district in Manhattan.  CFDA Award winner Alexander Wang arrived at the High Line wearing a torn white T-shirt, and admitted it was simply what he wore under his dressier outfit earlier in the evening.  “I did a little switcheroo in the car,” Wang said laughing.  The designer did wear his short pants to the CFDA Awards ceremony, however.  “They’re Commes des Garcons, so I thought they’d be acceptable.” he explained.

Celebrity couple Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman got involved in the High Line through their friend, Edward Norton.  “This is my neighborhood; we live on 19th Street,” Perlman said.  “I’m so excited.  I can’t wait to get up there; I’m so glad it stopped raining,” she added. 

Many partygoers noted that this official “first party” on the High Line is actually the second – back in September, Calvin Klein, Inc. celebrated its 40th anniversary with a private party on the unfinished trestle – but they had to do their own landscaping for that extravaganza. 

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