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Biggest Oscar Surprises Of The Last 10 Years... What's Next?

January 19th, 2011 12:34pm EST
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Every year, the Oscar nominations seem all sewn up. There are so many predictors – winners of critics’ awards, Golden Globe nominees and winners, BAFTA nominees and the SAG nominees. Yet somehow, almost every year, a nominee slips in out of nowhere, and pundits shake their heads asking, “Where did that come from?”

This year’s Oscar nominees will be announced next week, Jan. 25. We won’t speculate yet, but there are bound to be some surprise nominees, even to the pundits.

Let’s take a look back at the last 10 years and look at what was particularly surprising among the major Oscar nomin...
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Keisha Castle-Hughes Wants To Keep Acting

June 12th, 2007 12:36pm EDT
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Teenage mom Keisha Castle-Hughes has vowed her new baby will not affect her acting career. The Whale Rider actress, 17, gave birth to her first child Felicity-Amore in April with her 20-year-old boyfriend Bradley Hull, after a four year relationship.

Castle-Hughes welcomed the little girl a week late after three days of labor.

She says, "It was just the most amazing moment. For the last three days I had been in the worst agony of my life and right then I forgot every single minute of it. I just thought, 'I'd do this all over again.' Just because I have a baby, it doesn't mean th...
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Keisha Castle-Hughes Gives Birth

April 30th, 2007 10:47am EDT
Keisha Castle-Hughes
Australian actress Keisha Castle-Hughes has given birth to a baby girl. The 17-year-old, who won an Oscar nomination for Whale Rider in 2004, gave birth to Felicity-Amore last Wednesday, her publicist tells People Magazine.

It is her first child with boyfriend Bradley Hull. The couple have been dating for three years.

- Keisha Castle-Hughes Pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Keisha Castle-Hughes Was Ready To Quit Acting After 'Whale Rider'

April 24th, 2007 10:19am EDT
Keisha Castle-Hughes
Actress Keisha Castle-Hughes nearly turned her back on the film industry following her 2004 Oscar nomination for Whale Rider, because she was horrified by the media "circus" that she was suddenly engulfed in.

The 17-year-old, who later went on to appear in Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith and The Nativity Story, admits she wanted to quit making movies after she was thrust into the limelight at the age of 13.

She says, "It was like a circus and it scared me. I was only 13 and it scared me. I said after the Oscars I can't do this job because I hate this part so much." ...
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Media Made Keisha Castle-Hughes Feel Ashamed Of Her Pregnancy

April 24th, 2007 9:27am EDT
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Australian actress Keisha Castle-Hughes was forced to hide her bump while she was pregnant last year because the heavy criticism she encountered in the press made her feel ashamed of becoming a young mother.

The Whale Rider star was just 16 when she got pregnant with 19-year-old boyfriend Bradley Hull's baby, and because of the media furore surrounding her age, she felt she was doing wrong by celebrating her impending motherhood.

She says, "It hurt at the time because it's supposed to be a huge celebration. I was supposed to be able to go, 'Wow, I'm having a baby and this is ama...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 24

March 24th, 2007 3:00am EDT
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Happy Birthday to "Whale Rider" actress Keisha Castle-Hughes (1990), Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (1976), "American Pie" actress Alyson Hannigan (1974), The Corrs' violinist Sharon Corr (1970), rapper Mase (1970), 99 Luftballoons singer Nena (1960), "Jungle Fever" actress Annabella Sciorra (1964), "Lizzie McGuire's" 'dad' Robert Carradine (1954), comedian Louie Anderson (1953), fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger (1951), British singer/musician Nick Lowe (1949), "LA Confidential" director Curtis Hanson (1945), actor/drill instructor R. Lee Ermey (1944), acting legend Steve McQu...
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Pregnant Keisha Castle-Hughes Pulls Out of Movie Premiere

November 27th, 2006 9:23am EST
Keisha Castle-Hughes
Keisha Castle-Hughes, the teenage star of film The Nativity Story, has missed its Vatican premiere because she is expecting a baby with her 19-year-old partner. On Friday Pope Benedict XVI turned down an invitation to attend the screening, reportedly because he was embarrassed the unmarried 16-year-old actress is expecting a child out of wedlock.

The premiere of "The Nativity Story" was held yesterday - without Castle-Hughes - in the Vatican's Pope Paul VI Hall, which is used for Sunday masses when they're not held outside in St Peter's Square. The actress, who scored an Oscar nominat...
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Watch Clips From "The Nativity Story," In Theaters December 1

November 19th, 2006 9:00am EST
From humble beginnings, great things can come. The Nativity Story tells the extraordinary tale of two common people, Mary and Joseph, a miraculous pregnancy, an arduous journey, and the history-defining birth of Jesus. Brought to life with an unprecedented attention to detail and commitment to historical accuracy, The Nativity Story is the very human, very dramatic, and uniquely inspiring saga of a journey of faith.

The Nativity Story stars Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), Oscar Isaac (Guerrilla), Hiam Abbass, Shaun Toub, Alexander Siddig, Said Amadis with Ciaran Hinds and Academy A...
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"The Nativity Story: Sacred Songs" Soundtrack Hits Stores Oct. 31; Film To Be Released Dec. 1

October 29th, 2006 11:00am EST
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Keisha Castle-Hughes stars as "Mary" in New Line Cinema's upcoming release of Catherine Hardwicke's The Nativity Story.

From humble beginnings, great things can come. The Nativity Story tells the extraordinary tale of two common people, Mary and Joseph, a miraculous pregnancy, an arduous journey, and the history-defining birth of Jesus. Brought to life with an unprecedented attention to detail and commitment to historical accuracy, The Nativity Story is the very human, very dramatic, and uniquely inspiring saga of a journey of faith.

The Nativity Story stars Keisha Castle-Hughes (...
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16-Year-Old 'Whale Rider' Star Is Pregnant

October 6th, 2006 8:33am EDT
Keisha Castle-Hughes
Oscar-nominated actress Keisha Castle-Hughes and her boyfriend Bradley Hull are expecting their first child together. Castle-Hughes, 16, played a young Maori girl in the film Whale Rider, which earned her an Oscar nomination in 2004.

The star made history by becoming the youngest actress ever to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award at the age of 13. Castle-Hughes and Hull have been dating for three years.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Cast Set For Film About the Virgin Mary

April 6th, 2006 1:05pm EDT
Shohreh Aghdashloo to star in Nativity
New Line Cinema has cast Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shoreh Aghdashloo, Ciarán Hinds and Oscar Isaacs in "Nativity." The film, which follows the story of the Virgin Mary before the birth of Christ, is scheduled for a December 2006 release and will begin shooting in May.

Castle-Hughes, who received an Oscar nomination for best actress in 2003 for her role in Whale Rider, will play Mary in the two year period leading up to the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.

Aghdashloo, an Oscar nominee for The House of Sand and Fog, will portray Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. The role of King H...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 24

March 24th, 2006 3:07am EST
Alyson Hannigan
Happy Birthday to "Whale Rider" actress Keisha Castle-Hughes (1990), Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (1976), "American Pie" actress Alyson Hannigan (1974), The Corrs' violinist Sharon Corr (1970), rapper Mase (1970), 99 Luftballoons singer Nena (1960), "Jungle Fever" actress Annabella Sciorra (1964), "Lizzie McGuire's" 'dad' Robert Carradine (1954), comedian Louie Anderson (1953), fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger (1951), British singer/musician Nick Lowe (1949), "LA Confidential" director Curtis Hanson (1945), actor/drill instructor R. Lee Ermey (1944), acting legend Steve McQu...
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