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Awards

From Octavia Spencer’s Big Win to JLo’s Nipple, Hollywood’s Leading Ladies Generate Oscar Buzz

Hollywood’s leading ladies usually are the talk of the Oscars, if only because of our insatiable interest in what they’re wearing to the big event. But last night, perhaps more than normal, the women of Hollywood generated a whole lot of talk for other reasons both good and bad.

On the good side, you have the wins for Octavia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress) and Meryl Streep (Best Actress). Viola Davis was also the talk of the town both for her choice to go with a natural hairstyle and because she was the expected Best Actress winner.

Once again, the women from the nominated film Bridesmaids had everyone taking shots at the mere mention of Scorsese. And Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig went there with their talk about movie (and weiner) size. Video after the jump, ICYMI, or if you just want to watch it again.

On the not-so-positive side, Jennifer Lopez may have taken her cleavage too far this time and spurred a conversation about a possible wardrobe malfunction. Her stylist says no way.

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Party Pooping Oscar Academy May Ban Sacha Baron Cohen

The Oscars are old-timey and kind of dumb. That’s the conclusion one could draw from the pot o’ ridiculous they’ve stirred up with Sacha Baron Cohen. Or they’re just big party poopers, which, for Hollywood, is just as bad.

Cohen, who stars in the multi-nominated film Hugo, had requested permission from the Academy to walk the red carpet dressed as the main character in his upcoming movie, The Dictator. In that film, he plays Supreme Leader Shabazz Aladeen who has promised to keep democracy far away from his country. (The website is genius.) The plan was for Cohen to enter the awards ceremony in costume and then change into a tuxedo.

According to Deadline Hollywood, which broke the story yesterday (that link also included in today’s Ticker), the Academy effectively banned the actor from the event by taking away his tickets because they feel the stunt would make a mockery of their fancypants soiree.

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Three People Getting Unexpected Buzz From the Grammys

Last night’s Grammy awards generated press for some very obvious reasons. Awards were handed out, which always gets attention. It drew the second-highest number of viewers in the history of the broadcast. Famous people got dressed up. Ooh and ahh. And there were live performances, which leaves the door open for the hot messitude that was Nicki Minaj’s “exorcism” as well as the loveliness that was Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston.

But the Grammys are also creating unexpected buzz for some lucky/unlucky buzz-getters.

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Deadlines, Tips for Winning the Cannes Lions

The Cannes Lions is open for entries and the deadline for submissions in the PR category is March 9. There are also new categories that PR agencies might be interested in trying out for. PR winners will be announced Monday, June 18. The festival will take place June 17 through the 23.

Hopefully PR entrants will fare a little better this year. In 2011, there was some static over the selection of an ad agency as the PR category winner. At the time, Porter Novelli‘s Israel Mirsky told us the the PR industry was still learning how to pull together a winning submission. Last year’s PR Lions Jury president and Fleishman-Hillard CEO Dave Senay is here to help with the video above outlining what it takes to win. Take notes folks.

First-Ever PR Daily Awards Closes Feb. 3

PR Daily and Ragan.com are handing out the first PR Daily Awards this year, with the grand prize winner receiving 10 free registrations to any of Ragan Communications’ conferences in 2012 or 2013.

Prizes will be handed out in a wide range of categories including Best Product Launch and Best Facebook Page. Each winner in those categories will receive a free registration. The grand prize will be handed out for the Best PR Campaign of 2011.

Judges include Reuters financial reporter and blogging editor Felix Salmon; Carlos Dominguez, SVP at Cisco; and Altimeter Group’s Jeremiah Owyang.

Click here for more info on entering. Winners will be announced the week of May 21.

Shorty, PRSA Anvil Awards Updates

Awards season isn’t just for Hollywood.

The PRSA is now accepting submissions for the Silver Anvil Awards, which will be handed out on June 7 in New York City. Categories include community relations, events, brand/reputation management, and crisis communications. Final deadline for submissions is February 24, with a $75 entry-fee discount for those who enter by February 10. More info about the Silver Anvils is available here.

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Webby Awards Deadline, New Categories Introduced

Daniel Radcliffe and award winner Anna Wintour at last year's Webbys.

The deadline for submitting your entry to the 16th annual Webby Awards is next Friday, December 16. The Webbys recognize the best in websites, mobile and apps, interactive advertising and media, and Web video.

This year, The Webbys have introduced a number of new categories including CSR and best editorial writing in the websites category, and best utilities and services (like apps and mobile sites) for handheld devices.

The Webbys will be handed out in the Spring with nominees announced in April. Judging is conducted by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

This year, Vogue editor Anna Wintour made quite the splash when she accepted her award.

Flacks Give Hacks the CRAPPs in the U.K.

It’s that CRAPPy time of year again, when PR people and the media in the U.K. come together to honor the box-clever, the most PR-friendly newspaper, and the least “twattish” on Twitter.  Agency 10 Yetis came up with the CRAPP Awards (Communicative Relations Awards from PR Professionals) last year for no other reason we can see than to get a bit of attention.  Over 12,000 votes were cast last year.  Submitting your email address puts you in a drawing for 3G Amazon Kindle, but such a contest could be bent.

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PR Newswire Launches a Social Media Award Program

PR Newswire has launched “The Earnies,” an award program to recognize social media campaigns with earned results. A panel will decide on finalists that will be narrowed down to category winners through voting on, you guessed it, social media.

The panel now includes David Armano, Edelman Digital’s EVP of global innovation and integration; Matt Johnston, uTest CMO; Tim Moore, SVP of Maximum and CEO of CrushIQ; Liz Strauss, SOBCon and owner of Successful-Blog.com; and Deidre Breckenridge, CEO of Pure Performance Communications.

The deadline for submissions is December 20. Categories include “Best Use of Video in Social Media” and “Best Connection to Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook Audience.” Winners will be announced via @AgilityAtWork in early 2012. This year, the program is open to U.S. candidates, but is expected to go global next year.

Dubai Festival Adds PR Category

The Dubai International Advertising Festival has added two categories to the 2012 awards ceremony — PR and mobile.

The PR category will recognize a reputation management campaign that builds “trust and understanding between individuals, businesses or organisations and their publics.” The mobile category will acknowledge mobile sites, games, apps, and campaigns. The PR category will have its own jury while mobile will be judged by the interactive jury.

The Dubai Festival will begin accepting entries on December 13. The event will take place between March 4 and March 7, 2012 at the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai. This is the fifth year for the event, which has also launched a LinkedIn page for those wanting to follow on that social media platform.

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