<p>Mary Hart insists on leading David O. Russell and the audience in singing happy birthday to Bradley Cooper.</p>

Mary Hart insists on leading David O. Russell and the audience in singing happy birthday to Bradley Cooper.

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'Argo,' Sally Field and Helen Mirren highlight Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala

Cringe Alert: Mary Hart makes the audience sing happy birthday to Bradley Cooper

PALM SPRINGS - The talking points are getting a little repetitive, but some of the biggest players of the 2013 awards season charmed a packed Palm Springs Convention Center Saturday night for the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. And, shockingly, longtime veterans of the event said 10-time host Mary Hart wasn't as bad hokey as she'd been during previous ceremonies. That's a scarier thought than anything on display in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D" this weekend, but I digress…

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<p>Cheers fellas. You're halfway there.</p>

Cheers fellas. You're halfway there.

Pencils down Academy Members: Oscar nominations voting is now over

Will an extra day make a difference?

Academy members received a reprieve of an extra 24 hours, but as of 5 PM PT voting for the 85th Academy Awards nominations is now officially over.

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<p>Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are getting ready to host the 70th Golden Globe Awards.</p>

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are getting ready to host the 70th Golden Globe Awards.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler riff on the 'sloppy loud party' that is the Golden Globes

'The beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the disgusting people of television'

Are you ready Seth MacFarlane?  Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are ready to make the 70th Golden Globe Awards the funniest and most entertaining telecast of the year.

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<p>Have a drink James. &quot;Skyfall&quot; is a major longshot to win best picture, but it should land the franchise its first nomination on Jan. 10.</p>

Have a drink James. "Skyfall" is a major longshot to win best picture, but it should land the franchise its first nomination on Jan. 10.

Credit: Sony Pictures

Contender Countdown: Does anyone care that we don't have a frontrunner?

PGA Awards nominations shine a little bit of light on rest of field

I've worked on Oscar campaigns and have covered this beat for a long time, but boy this is odd. We are days, even hours away from Academy members pressing send on their newfangled computers to end phase one of yet another great Oscar season and yet hardly anyone in Tinsletown feels secure about their contenders or which of their competitors is the true frontrunner.  Yowzas!

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<p>Jessica Chastain talks about her award-winning role in Kathryn Bigelow's &quot;Zero Dark Thirty.&quot;</p>

Jessica Chastain talks about her award-winning role in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty."

'Zero Dark Thirty's' Jessica Chastain says she's 'far too emotional' to ever be a CIA agent

'The Help' star might also have a problem with keeping secrets (maybe)

NEW YORK - How on earth did it take this long for Jessica Chastain to come to Hollywood's attention?  She's spending the day talking about her role as Maya, a hard edged CIA analyst on the difficult hunt for Osama Bin Laden in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" and her genuine charisma is beyond infectious. She practically glows when talking about the project. Of course, the truth is it didn't take Hollywood that long.  Chastain booked her first major movie role over three years ago and shot six other movies before "The Tree of Life" finally brought her to moviegoers attention in May, 2011.  Three months later "The Help" hit theaters and she went from relative unknown to finding herself recognized on the street.

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Oscar nominations voting deadline delayed to Jan. 4

Oscar nominations voting deadline delayed to Jan. 4

Academy members have 24 more hours to figure out the internet

In an announcement that will surprise no one, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended the nomination voting deadline from Thursday, Jan. 3 to Friday, Jan. 4.

AMPAS COO Ric Robertson noted in a release, “By extending the voting deadline we are providing every opportunity available to make the transition to online balloting as smooth as possible. We’re grateful to our global membership for joining us in this process.” 

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Awards Campaign's Best of 2012: TV, Music and Movies

Awards Campaign's Best of 2012: TV, Music and Movies

Key & Peele,' 'Game of Thrones,' Florence + The Machine, Channing Tatum and more'

Last December I took inspiration from Mr. Tapley and listed some of the notable achievements in music and television for 2011.  And, of course, some year-end movie "awards." Let's try this one more time for 2012, shall we?

You can review my top 10 films of 2012 here.  And, for year-end picks from the rest of HitFix's editorial team, click on the related tabs within this post.

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<p>Amanda Seyfriend talks about her role as Cosette in Tom Hooper's &quot;Les Miserables.&quot;</p>

Amanda Seyfriend talks about her role as Cosette in Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables."

Amanda Seyfried knew 'Les Miserables' fans would be tough after 'Mamma Mia'

Is a Broadway musical in her future?

NEW YORK - No matter what your opinion of Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" there is one thing everyone can agree on: it's great to hear Amanda Seyfried singing again.

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell at the New York premiere of &quot;Silver Linings&nbsp;Playbook.&quot;</p>

Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell at the New York premiere of "Silver Linings Playbook."

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David O. Russell says Jennifer Lawrence's Skype audition won her 'Silver Linings' role

Plus: Robert De Niro's reverential professionalism

David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" isn't the frontrunner for best picture many of us thought it would be, but don't tell that to the one time best director nominee.  The passion project has given Russell much to be thankful for including audience awards at Toronto, Austin and the Hamptons film festivals, five Independent Spirit Awards nods, four Golden Globe Awards nominations and an impressive four SAG Awards nominations including best ensemble. "Playbook" star Jennifer Lawrence won best actress from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Russell snagged best adapted screenplay honors from the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association.  Now, after coming close to winning best director with his semi-comeback "The Fighter" almost two years ago you'd assume Russell was intent on sealing the deal with "Playbook." That doesn't appear to be the case.

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<p>Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren on the set of &quot;Hitchcock.&quot;</p>

Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren on the set of "Hitchcock."

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Exclusive: Hopkins and Mirren discuss the destiny of finally working together in 'Hitchcock'

It's never too late for a first time

When great British actors reach a certain age Americans, er, media types tend to believe they must have worked together at some point during their careers. In the West End, on the BBC or in some movie.  At the least, they were in one of those "Harry Potter" movies, right?  Well, not really.

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