<p>A mind-bending image from &quot;Inception.&quot;</p>

A mind-bending image from "Inception."

Credit: Warner Bros.

'Inception' and 'How To Train Your Dragon' big winners at 9th Annual VES Awards

'Boardwalk Empire' and 'The Pacific' take home TV trophies

The 9th Annual VES Awards were held tonight in Los Angeles to celebrate the best visual effects in the entertainment industry and Christopher Nolan, who was on hand to receive the inaugural VES Visionary Award, must have been thrilled with how his blockbuster fared throughout the night. 

"Inception" took home four awards including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Motion Picture, the night's biggest prize, thereby dominating the show.  The film is also a clear frontrunner to win the visual effects Oscar later this month.

Other big winners included "The Pacific" and "How To Train Your Dragon" which both received three statues.  "Halo: Reach" and "Boardwalk Empire" each won two awards.  Pixar's Oscar nominated short "Day & Night" won the same honor here.

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<p>A&nbsp;mural celebrating Banksy's Academy Award achievement in Los Angeles.</p>

A mural celebrating Banksy's Academy Award achievement in Los Angeles.

Oscar Watch: Banksy gets a campaign and James Franco gets ready to party

Plus: Annette Bening gets her due

One of the more intriguing stories left on Oscar night (don't laugh, there are many still) is just which of the five nominees will win the very competitive best documentary.  While "Gasland," "Inside Job," "Restrepo" and "Waste Land" are all critically acclaimed works, "Exit Through The Gift Shop" landed on many top ten lists as well and was barely second to "Inside Job" at the box office with an impressive $3.2 million through unconventional distribution. 

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<p>Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DiCaprio at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on Sunday evening.</p>

Christopher Nolan and Leonardo DiCaprio at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on Sunday evening.

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Christopher Nolan talks 'Dark Knight Rises' and says Henry Cavill is going to be 'amazing' as 'Superman' in Santa Barbara

'Inception' filmmaker honored by Leonardo DiCaprio at Santa Barbara Film Fest

While most of Hollywood was enjoying the 2011 SAG Awards Sunday evening, Christopher Nolan was being lauded at this year's Santa Barbara Film Festival where he was honored with the festival's Modern Master Award.  

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<p>Robert Downey, Jr at the 2010 Academy Awards.</p>

Robert Downey, Jr at the 2010 Academy Awards.

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Oscar Watch: Iron Man joining Wolverine on the Academy Awards

Plus: A rundown of special pre-Oscar events in Los Angeles

After almost all of "The Avengers" were on stage to present at this year's Golden Globes (out of costume of course), is it any surprise the Academy is bringing in some of the biggest superhero guns it can find to appear at this year's Oscar show?  Hugh Jackman is already in the mix, but now AMPAS has revealed Robert Downey, Jr. will return to present at the Kodak Theater as well.

A two-time nominee for "Chaplin" and "Tropic Thunder," Downey, Jr. is best known to moviegoers for his roles as Tony Stark, aka "Iron Man" and as the super sleuth Sherlock Holmes (with a sequel conveniently on the way).  Will this entice more young men to tune in this year?  Probably not, considering he also presented last year (with Tina Fey), but considering Jackman's hosting stint actually improved those TV demo rating numbers, it can't hurt to try.

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<p>Tyler Perry is Madea who is the Real Black Swan.</p>

Tyler Perry is Madea who is the Real Black Swan.

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Exclusive: Tyler Perry's Madea is the real 'Black Swan'

Move over Jim Carrey, Madea's ready to show her stuff

No one does movie posters better than Lionsgate and after first giving us a "Godmother" version of their new upcoming Tyler Perry comedy "Madea's Big Family," they've taken the no nonsense talking grandmother to the dance floor.  No, not the club dance floor, Lincoln Center's ballet stage!  Debuting exclusively on HitFix, check out Tyler Perry as Madea who we all know is "The Real Black Swan."

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<p>Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg at the LA&nbsp;premiere of &quot;The Fighter.&quot;</p>

Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg at the LA premiere of "The Fighter."

Credit: AP Photo/Matt Sayles

SAG Awards Predictions: 'The Fighter' will come out swinging

Plus: Feinberg says 'Modern Family' and 'Mad Men' on the TV side

After a momentous and very long Saturday night at the Director's Guild Awards, Hollywood will focus its attention to the 17th Annual Screen Actor's Guild Awards Sunday evening.  Unlike the Golden Globes, this union of TV and movie honors actually means something because of the large crossover between both the Television and Motion Picture Academies.  So, in may ways you're looking at a sneak preview for best actor at the Oscar just as much as best actress in a drama series at the Emmys.  

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<p>Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Hooper backstage at the 2011 DGA&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Hooper backstage at the 2011 DGA Awards.

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Shocker: 'King's Speech's' Tom Hooper upsets David Fincher for 2011 DGA Award

'King's Speech' now officially the Oscar frontrunner

In a surprise, Tom Hooper has won the 2011 DGA Award for feature film directing for "The King's Speech." Hooper upset expected winner David Fincher ("The Social Network") and Christopher Nolan ("Inception) who were the expected frontrunners for the prize. 

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<p>Felicity Jones in &quot;Like Crazy.&quot;</p>

Felicity Jones in "Like Crazy."

Credit: Paramount Pictures

2011 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

'Like Crazy' and 'How To Die In Oregon' big winners

The Sundance Institute announced the recipients of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Audience and Grand Jury prizes in a ceremony from Park City, Utah tonight.  As usual, the juries spread the wealth a bit, but the surprises came in the audience awards.

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<p>Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway's memorable moment during the 81st Academy Awards. Will history repeat itself for the 83rd?</p>

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway's memorable moment during the 81st Academy Awards. Will history repeat itself for the 83rd?

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Is Hugh Jackman's presenting or reuniting with Anne Hathaway for Oscar?

81st Academy Awards host's appearance is just a little too convenient

One of the more memorable moments of the breathtaking 81st Academy Awards was when first time host Hugh Jackman pulled nominee Anne Hathaway out of the audience and the two engaged in a quick, but well choreographed moment in that show's opening number.  In fact, it's clear that sequence  was one reason Hathaway was asked to co-host this year along with James Franco.  Today, the Academy announced that Jackman would return to present at this year's Oscar shindig.

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Watch: Anne Hathaway and James Franco tease a comedic Oscars

Watch: Anne Hathaway and James Franco tease a comedic Oscars

Promo shows an energy we haven't seen in some while

Can James Franco and Anne Hathaway bring glamour and laughs to this year's 83rd Academy Awards?  Judging by this brand new ABC promo, it looks like it.  Of course, the TV spot was created by the network and not show producers Don Misher and Bruce Cohen, but if this is the spirit the duo are going for, this could be an Oscar show for the ages (especially if Franco wins best actor for "127 Hours).

(Or perhaps we're just excited to transition from Sundance back to good ol' awards season.)

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