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Who are the current A-List actresses?


Several times during the WTHH series often emerge complaints about the difficult for actresses to emerge as box-office draws. Hollywood tends to be a place with little space for pardon and second chances for women as many WTHH subject, like Demi Moore, Meg Ryan and Winona Ryder experienced. It is much harder for women to become A-List and is much harder for women to stay on top or forget scandals and bad career moves.

But who are current female A-List in Hollywood? Weeks ago Forbes revealed its yearly list of highest paid actresses. Here is the top 10 of Hollywood’s highest grossing actresses:

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“Il Divo”: the life of one of Italy’s most controversial man ever


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Giulio Andreotti, former italian prime minister, passed away a couple of days ago aged 94. But who was this man who served in almost every italian government from 1947, when he became under-secretary during  De Gasperi government, ’til 1992 when his last term as prime minister ended abruptly during the corruption scandals that led to the spectacular implosion of the so called “First Republic”?

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Road to Oscar, finally we’re in


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This Sunday my country, Italy, will get to vote. A comic actor might be our next prime minister and no, this is not a Hollywood movie, that’s the sad reality!  No, this is not ant italian comedy. This is not a grotesque Fellini movie, Italy might have a comic actor as his prime minister. Well, the sad choice is between a comic actor, or the same old right-wing and left-wing mummies that led Italy to near bankrupt and to total devastation of italian economy. A sad and hard choice.

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Road to Oscar 4/ BAFTA Awards: Argo keeps momentum, Riva upsets Lawrence/Chastain


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Two weeks to go to Oscar. The last big Oscar precursor, the BAFTA awards, have released its verdicts, with some surprises. Here the list of the winners in top categories.

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The road to Oscar 3/Affleck wins DGA, and now “Lincoln” is the official underdog


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I know that I’m young (24 yo) but I just can’t remember a weirder Oscar campaign. When nominations were disclosed kindest bookies  rated “Argo” chances to win the “Best Picture” at +10 , but now Affleck’s thriller is running ahead over “Lincoln”.

In 65 edition the Directors Guild of America has awarded the winner of the Academy Award 56 times thus being the most reliable predictor for the “Best Director” Oscar. However we’re sure that this year the DGA will not guess, because this year the DGA has awarded Ben Affleck who, as we know, is not even nominated at this year’s Oscar.

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Road to Oscar 2/ “Driving Miss Daisy” 23 years later? PGA and SAG results


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Last week in comments an interesting observation came about chances for “Argo” to upset “Lincoln” in what look as an uphill battle. The last movie to win “Best Picture” without having a nomination for “Best Director” has been “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1990. However it looks more and more likely that “Argo” can pull the upset.

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The Road to Oscar: Nomination, Bookies and What Other Awards Told Us


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Editor’s Note: Le Blog is happy to welcome a new contributor, Johnny 88 who has offered to cover the Awards Season for our site.

First presentation: I’m an italian guy who enjoys this wonderful blog since last year. I love movies and I love the award seasons 😉 the reason for my interest on the award season is because the vast majority of movie protagonists of the award season are released in my country lately than in the US. So I use the suggestions  that comes from the most prestigious awards (Oscar; Golden Globe; BAFTA; Critics Choice etc.) to choose what movies deserve my money. Though sometimes I have to disagree with Academy; HFPA etc. I usually find their suggestions good. Since I’m italian i’m hoping you will forgive me in case of grammar mistakes 😀

So the award season is started and 30 days from now we’ll see who the Academy will reward. My intention is to follow a “Road to Oscar” and have a weekly update to bookies quotas and to follow the leading Oscar predictors (BAFTA; SAG; DGA and WGA).   I will also give my impression on it (take into consideration that I’m from Italy and many of these films will be released in my country between now and Oscar night, so I’ll leave my impressions as I see the movies).

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