Monday, October 29, 2012

The Hollywood Film Awards

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The Hollywood Film Awards took place in Beverly Hills recently. Now in its 16th year, the ceremony caps off the prestigious Hollywood Film Festival.

The awards ceremony looked a lot more fun that some of the stuffy ceremonies that take place during awards season in Tinseltown. See what we mean in the photo gallery..



The Hollywood Film Awards

The always-smiley Bradley Cooper received the best actor award for his performance in Silver Lining Playbook, which also stars Jennifer Lawrence.



The Hollywood Film Awards

There's little wonder Ben Affleck looked so proud as he posed with his award - the actor/director/screenwriter is having a bit of a 'moment'. The cast of Argo, which he produced and directed, was honoured for breakout performance.



The Hollywood Film Awards

The stellar Argo cast includes John Goodman and Bryan Cranston, along with Ben Affleck of course.



The Hollywood Film Awards

Doesn't Looper star Joseph Gordon-Levitt look dapper?



The Hollywood Film Awards

Joseph presented Marion Cotillard with her award for best actress.



The Hollywood Film Awards

The French actress was honoured for her work in Rust and Bone.



The Hollywood Film Awards

Amanda Seyfried looked glamorous as always.



The Hollywood Film Awards

Versatile actress Amy Adams was honoured in the best supporting category.



The Hollywood Film Awards

She shared a laugh with Kerry Washington on the red carpet.



The Hollywood Film Awards

Bradley Cooper buddied up to Robert De Niro, who won the best supporting actor award.



The Hollywood Film Awards

Bella Heathcote, Samantha Barks and Kelly Reilly all won Spotlight Awards for their breakout roles in the last 12 months



The Hollywood Film Awards

Australian actress Bella Heathcote was lucky enough to co-star with Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows. She'll be seen next in Not Fade Away with James Gandolfini.



The Hollywood Film Awards

British stage actress Samantha Barks makes the leap to the big screen playing Éponine in the film version of Les Misérables with Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.



The Hollywood Film Awards

British actress Kelly Reilly holds her own opposite Denzel Washington in the upcoming drama Flight.



The Hollywood Film Awards

Spotlight Awards also went to newcomers Tom Holland (The Impossible), Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and John Magaro (Not Fade Away).



The Hollywood Film Awards

Judd Apatow's award for comedy was presented by his good friend Seth Rogan.



The Hollywood Film Awards

Quvenzhane Wallis, who steals the show in Beasts of the Southern Wild, was presented with the New Hollywood Award by Susan Sarandon



The Hollywood Film Awards

American actress Clea DuVall has been circling the Hollywood A-list for years with roles in Girl, Interrupted and The Grudge. But she's finally cracked it with a starring role in Argo with Ben Affleck.



The Hollywood Film Awards

Dustin Hoffman won the breakthrough director award for his directorial debut, Quartet.



The Hollywood Film Awards

The Hollywood Film Awards

Richard Gere won a special award for career achievement.

World's Most Expensive Antiques


Christie's Islamic art specialist Sara Plumbly holds a Fatimid bronze gazelle dating from the late 10th to early 11th century Egypt valued at £800-£1 million (US$1.6-1.3 million) at Christie's in London April 4, 2011. The piece was auctioned off in London on April 7, 2011 along with other art of the Islamic and Indian world




World's Most Expensive Antiques

A Sotheby's employee poses with artist Andy Warhol's artwork 'Debbie Harry' at Sotheby's Auction House in London June 17, 2011. The piece, which carries an estimated price of up to £5.5million ($9.1 million) was auctioned off at Sotheby's on June 29, 2011.



World's Most Expensive Antiques

A silver openface keyless lever chronograph watch (L) and an oversized silver hour angle aviator's wristwatch with indirect sweep centre seconds are pictured during an auction preview at Christie's in Geneva April 1, 2011. The items signed Longines, formerly the property of Air Marshal Italo Balbo and received probably from Col. Charles Lindberg for the wristwatch, carry a price estimate between US$ 30,000 and 50,000.



World's Most Expensive Antiques

Mathias Rajani, Danish luxury product company Aesir's chief commercial officer, holds a model of his company's new mobile phone during a press presentation in Moscow September 5, 2011. It doesn't do email, the internet, have a camera, games or GPS navigation, but a new mobile phone from Denmark is literally solid gold. Danish retailer Aesir said it hopes to sell its $57,400, limited-edition 18-carat gold phones to Moscow's fashion-forward elite.



World's Most Expensive Antiques

A model displays the Sun-Drop diamond during a media preview in Hong Kong October 6, 2011. The 110.03 carats diamond has been graded Fancy Vivid Yellow, the highest color grading for a yellow diamond. The diamond will be sold in auction at Sotheby's Geneva on November 15 and expected to fetch US$11-15 million



World's Most Expensive Antiques

A fine and rare famille-rose 'peach' vase, Tianqiuping, with a seal mark and period of Qianlong, which is estimated to fetch 10.3 to 15.4 million dollars, is shown during a Sotheby's preview in Hong Kong September 7, 2011. The auction house will hold its Autumn sale in early October, with a total of over 310 lots of imperial Chinese porcelains which estimated a total vale of over 150 million dollars.



World's Most Expensive Antiques

An emerald and diamond tiara is displayed at Sotheby's auction house in London May 4, 2011. The tiara, which value is estimated between $5-10 million, was auctioned off in Geneva on May 17, 2011



World's Most Expensive Antiques

An employee holds a fourteenth century Mamluk candlestick at Sotheby's in central London April 1, 2011. Valued between 2-3 million pounds sterling, the piece was a part of the London sale of Islamic arts on April 6, 2011.



World's Most Expensive Antiques

Sotheby's employee John Dinklemeyer adjusts Paul Gauguin's 'Jeune tahitienne', a sculpture carved during the artist's first trip to Tahiti between 1891 and 1893, at Sotheby's in New York, March 24, 2011. The intricate wooden bust, valued at as much as $15 million, was auctioned off, on May 3, according to Sotheby's. It depicts a young, unidentified Tahitian woman and includes jewelry which Gauguin made himself using seashells and pieces of red coral.



World's Most Expensive Antiques

The engraved Persian names of Mughal Emperor Jahangir and his grandson Alamgir are pictured on a spinel during an auction preview at Christie's in Geneva April 1, 2011. The spinel is part of an Imperial Mughal necklace with eleven baroque spinels, weighing 1,136.63 carats, three stone are engraved with the name of its owner. Valued between US$ 1,500,000-2,500,000, it went under the hammer on May 18, 2011 in Geneva.



World's Most Expensive Antiques

Ultra rare magnums of Le Pin 1982 wine are displayed at Sotheby's ahead of their auction next week, in London June 10, 2011. Valued approx in the range of 50-60,000 pounds ($81-98,000), a case of six magnums were auctioned off in June



World's Most Expensive Antiques

Two unmounted emeralds weighing 17.97 and 15.99 carats are pictured during an auction preview at Christie's in Geneva April 1, 2011. Valued between US$ 200,000-300,000, the former property of Empress Eugenie (portrait) was auctioned off on May 18, 2011 in Geneva



World's Most Expensive Antiques

A Christie's employee models The Rosebery pearl and diamond tiara, bracelet and brooch at Christie's in London June 6, 2011. The tiara carries an estimate price of £1-1.5 million (US $1.6-2.5 million) and the bracelet and brooch, were auctioned off in London on June 8.



World's Most Expensive Antiques

A Christie's employee holds a 17th-century silver and brass inlaid Bidri Ewer valued at £8,000-£10,000 (US $13,000-16,000) at Christie's in London April 4, 2011.



World's Most Expensive Antiques

A Sotheby's employee poses with 'Gudrun (633)' by Gerhard Richter from 1987 at Sotheby's in London October 7, 2011. It is valued between 3.5 million - 4.8 million pounds ($5.5 million - 7.5 million).



World's Most Expensive Antiques

Christie's Islamic art specialist Sara Plumbly holds a safavid tinned-copper bowl from the second half of the 14th centry valued at £400,000-£600,000 (US $650,000-$970,000) at Christie's in London April 4, 2011.



World's Most Expensive Antiques

A Gujarati mother-of-pearl and black composition overlaid wooden pen box from northwest India, valued at £100,000-150,000 (US $160,000-240,000), is displayed at Christie's in London April 4, 2011.



World's Most Expensive Antiques

A Sotheby's employee poses for a photograph with an 18 carat gold sculpture of Kate Moss entitled 'Microcosmos (Siren)' by Marc Quinn at Sotheby's in London October 7, 2011. The artwork is valued between 500,000 - 700,000 pounds ($777,000 - 1.1 million)



World's Most Expensive Antiques

An employee views 'Whispering Wall II' by Burhan Dogancay at Sotheby's in central London April 1, 2011. Valued between 120-180 thousand pounds sterling, the piece forms part of the London sale of contemporary Turkish art on April 7.



World's Most Expensive Antiques

A Bonhams employee poses with the Bulgari crossover ring set with 3.72 carat fancy vivid blue diamond and 3.93 carat diamond at Bonhams auction house in London September 21, 2011. The piece, dated circa 1960, is valued upto 800,000 pounds( $1.3 million).



World's Most Expensive Antiques

Christie's Islamic art specialist Sara Plumbly holds a gold and turquoise-hilted knife valued at £400,000-£600,000 (US $650,000-$970,000)at Christie's in London April 4, 2011.



World's Most Expensive Antiques

A Sotheby's employee poses with artist Alberto Giacometti's artwork 'Trois hommes qui marchent II' at Sotheby's Auction House in London June 17, 2011. The piece is valued upto £15million ($24.23 million).



World's Most Expensive Antiques

A Hello Kitty figurine, studded with a total of 19,636 Swarovski crystals, is displayed during a press preview of Swarovski's Hello Kitty collection at an event entitled 'House of Hello Kitty' in Tokyo on June 29, 2011. The figurine, limited to 88, carries a price tag of 1,155,000 yen ($14,246).



World's Most Expensive Antiques

A visitor views detail of a page of the sixteenth century folio 'Faridun in the Guise of a Dragon Tests His Sons' at Sotheby's in central London April 1, 2011. Valued between 2-3million pounds sterling, the piece forms part of the scholarly collection of Islamic and Indian Art assembled by the late Stuart Cary Welch.

Amazing Cars of 2012

Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa's lightweight turbo coupe is almost with us. That it may not match the dynamic ability of rivals from Porsche and Lotus can be forgiven in the face of such knee-trembling looks.


Audi A1 Sportback

Audi's MINI-rivalling A1 has been a smash hit: the firm has even had to up production just to meet demand. And now, here's something MINI can't offer - a five-door version of the premium supermini. As five-doors sell better than three in the small car world, expect its popularity to continue.


BMW 3 Series Activehybrid 3

The BMW 3 Series is already one of the greenest premium executive cars you can buy, but that's thanks to super-eco diesels. Here's an alternative: the first petrol-electric model (a 306hp one at that) which can do (44.1mpg), 15.58 kpl and also run for a few miles in zero tailpipe emissions all-electric mode


Chrysler 300C

Interior quality has been vastly improved but the distinctively aggressive looks of old have been replaced with a much more generic face. The petrol models won't be available everywhere, either.


Citroen DS3 Convertible

With everyone wanting to downsize their motors, premium hatchbacks like the DS3 are the cars to be seen in. And what better way to be seen than with no roof?


Citroen DS5

The jewel of the DS range, this Citroen's beauty is more than skin deep, as it boasts a gorgeous, refined interior. On sale in spring.

Fiat Panda


The current-generation Fiat Panda is great but is really feeling its age. Here, then, is a bigger, greener and more refined new one, that still keeps the utilitarian good looks of today's model. It will be in showrooms by the spring


Fisker Surf

A shooting-brake version of the premium, range-extender hybrid, Karma GT (it would be criminal to refer to this svelte beauty as an estate). Eco cars have never looked so good. Won't be cheap, and we're not sure where it will launch, though


Ford B-Max

Ford's sliding door equipped, baby MPV could potentially use the manufacturer's smallest Ecoboost engine yet: a tiny 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged unit, complete with the now ubiquitous stop/start function


Ford Fiesta ST

The Fiesta ST hot hatch returns with a 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine, set to develop around 180hp and 177lb ft - not quite as much as the Renaultsport Clio but expect dynamite handling


Ford Focus ST

Ford's new hot hatch won't come with the charismatic five-cylinder engine of old, but expect fine handling and plenty of power from the team behind the mad Focus RS.


Ford Kuga

Ford's Crossover SUV has already been released in the US as the Escape. It features intelligent 4WD and a motion sensing tailgate that opens by waving a foot under the rear bumper.


Honda CR-V



Hyundai i30



Hyundai Veloster



Jaguar C-X75



Jaguar XF Sportbrake



Lamborghini Gallardo



Lexus GS




Mazda CX-5




McLaren MP4-12C Convertible



Mercedes A-Class




Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake




MG3




MINI Paceman




MINI Roadster




Nissan GT-R



Peugeot 208



Porsche 911 991 Cabriolet



Porsche 918 Spyder



Porsche Boxster



Porsche Cajun



Renault Clio



Renault Twizy



Renault Zoe



SEAT IBL/four-door saloon



Subaru XV



Suzuki Swift Sport



Tesla Model S



Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ



Toyota Yaris HSD



Vauxhall Astra VXR



Volkswagen Alltrack



Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet



Volkswagen CC



Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

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