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BridesmaidsWho knew that the Hollywood elite loved brassy broads and angsty goth girls as much as we do? The 2012 Oscar nominations came in early this morning, and we're psyched to say that more than a few of our favorite flicks got a nod from the Academy—including plenty of love for the ladies we've been watching all year.

Among the crushworthy gals getting recognized for their great work are Rooney Mara, who hacked, pierced and inked her way to a Best Actress nod for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"; and Michelle Williams, whose role from "My Week With Marilyn" continues the proud tradition of praise for famous ladies who play other famous ladies. Meanwhile, the nearly all-female cast of the "The Help" earned nominations not just for Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer as Best Supporting Actresses, but also took their movie straight to a spot in the top nine Best Picture contenders. And while he's technically not a lady, our pal Jonah Hill's sensitive and surprisingly straight-laced performance in "Moneyball" got him a Best Supporting Actor nom, too.

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We love our actors when they're dressed to the glamorous nines on the red carpet—but we love 'em even more when they're in character, on screen, and wearing the glorious confections dreamed up by a creative costumer. And this year, Hollywood handed a whole lot of stylish eye candy to gawk at during our favorite films! So, as we continue our Best of 2011 posts, there's just one question to ask: Which feature's fashion was tops this year? And the nominees are...

Ryan Gosling as Jacob in "Crazy, Stupid, Love"
We say "best dressed," but let's be real, we like his character's dapper wardrobe best when he's peeling off pieces of it to expose his Photoshop-worthy abs. (But, again, the suits were quite lovely...)

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Bridesmaids2011 is almost out the door, and we're giving it a nice, long goodbye—with a roundup of polls to determine the best of the best from this year! All the movies, all the moments, all the madness; it'll all be here as we count down the days until New Year's and find out what you loved most about 2011. And today, we're kicking it off with a vote for Best Movie Ensemble. And the nominees are...

"Bridesmaids"
Without the perfect cast to carry it off, this movie's combination of haute couture and poop jokes could've just been...well, crappy. (Hurrrr.) But between Kristen Wiig's leading ladyness, Rose Byrne's perfect bitchface and Melissa McCarthy's film-carrying performance as the groom's foul-mouthed sister, it ended up being the best comedy of the year...or, possibly, of ALL TIME.

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We've had our eyes on Chris Lowell for a while now. With a number of TV shows on his resume, he's set to make hearts go aflutter on the big screen in this week's highly anticipated release "The Help." Give us a little help, and let's celebrate Chris as this week's Hump Day Hottie.

Check out this dreamy photo of Chris, and then keep reading for more details about him!

Vital Stats: This Atlanta-born actor, 26, got his start studying the craft at an early age when he attended Atlanta International School. He was discovered while playing beach volleyball and is also a musician. He has a band called Two Shots for Poe.

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From "Harry Potter" to "The Hunger Games," Hollywood always faces a challenge when it comes to adapting bestselling books into two-hour feature films. And by a challenge, of course, we mean the frothing micro-scrutiny of a million rabid fans who have some very specific ideas about what you should and should not do when bringing their beloved literary characters to life on the big screen.

But if you've ever sat in the darkening theater, clutching your popcorn and praying to the gods of All Things Film-Related, "Please, Celluloid Gods, please let them NOT HAVE SCREWED THIS UP!"... well, guess what, Emma Stone knows just how you feel. Even when, as with "The Help," she's actually in the movie.

As an actress, she said, "When you read the book, you have a vision of those characters too. So not only are you saying, 'How am I going to play that character... but who's gonna play Celia?' Because I love Celia, and if she's played wrong, I'm going to be so mad."

Oh yeah. This girl gets it. And, she added, "I definitely understand being protective of the characters and the material."

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The Helpby Christina Garibaldi

Hollywood Crush loves a good book—and so do moviemakers, seeing as more than a few of our favorite reads are headed for the silver screen. With so many adaptations in the works, keeping the ol' reading list current is harder than ever, which is where CrushNotes comes in! We give you the low-down on books before they hit the big screen.

This week, Emma Stone graces the big screen for her third (!!) movie of the summer, with a starring turn in "The Help," a film adaptation of the best selling 2009 novel by Kathryn Stockett. The book follows a 22-year-old writer who puts her friendships and career on the line to tell the true story of what it's like to be a black maid in 1960s Mississippi. Now, you may think this book is nothing but serious, but we’ve got news for you: It’s actually pretty funny! Here’s everything you need to know about "The Help" before it hits theaters on Wednesday.

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Have you noticed that Emma Stone is everywhere? She popped up (as a blond!) in the new "The Amazing Spider-Man" trailer. She hit the "Friends With Benefits" red carpet in eye-catching hot pink and red alongside Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake on Monday night. Oh, and did we mention that she also stars in next week’s "Crazy, Stupid, Love" with Hollywood Crush favorite Ryan Gosling? As if we didn’t have enough reasons to hate love her, Emma graced that red carpet in one of her best looks ever. For this reason, after two consecutive weeks of recognizing Emma Watson as our Style Superstar, this week we bestow the honor to another Emma: Ms. Emma Stone! Keep reading to learn about her prize-winning ensemble.

Despite the heat wave, Emma was flawlessly fashionable at the New York City "Crazy, Stupid, Love" premiere Tuesday night. Her black lace Tom Ford dress is perfectly on trend for fall 2011. While we don’t recommend angular hip accents for the average girl, Emma carries the outfit remarkably well. A velvet bow, red lips and sleekly styled hair keep the look elegant. And Ryan Gosling as arm candy? Yup, that’s always in style! As her star meter keeps rising, we can't wait to see what she'll wear next.

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The MTV Movie Awards are only days away, and MTV News had the pleasure of catching up with "The Help" stars Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard on Thursday night at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles where they sat down for Sneak Peek Week and gave fans insight into the film adaptation of the best-selling novel.

Both ladies are nominated at the big show, and it seems that Bryce is an MTV Movie Awards virgin, so Ms. Stone offered up some advice on what to expect.

"I am really excited," Bryce shared. "I've never been there before and you've been there. It's like where you live."

Emma, being the charming, witty girl that she is, quipped back, "I live at the MTV Movie Awards. It's just so excited to go home again. Just get ready for some Nicki Minaj; just prepare yourself for Nicki."

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Don't you hate when stars swear they don't read online gossip? Come on! Puh-lease! We know you do it! Just admit it!

One celebrity who is—commendably—not denying her penchant for interweb chatter is "The Help" star Bryce Dallas Howard. In fact, during our Sneak Peek Week event with the actress and her "The Help" cast mate Emma Stone, she admitted—for the world to hear—that her addiction is online gossip sites.

"Terrible, terrible," she said of the admission. "I mean, that's really not good stuff. And I have it kind of under control, but the fact that I have to have it under control—like, I have rules for myself—means it's an addiction."

Of course, we were dying to know what these "rules" entail.

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Emma Stone's having one jam-packed summer. The "Easy A" star has not one, not two, but three movies coming out ("Crazy, Stupid, Love," "The Help" and "Friends With Benefits"), plus she's shooting a quiet, coming-of-age-tale about a boy who becomes a spider. Yet, despite her busy schedule, Emma, along with cast mate Bryce Dallas Howard, stopped by for Sneak Peek Week to debut an EXCLUSIVE clip from her upcoming drama, "The Help," and answer your questions!

"The Help" follows Emma's character Skeeter (no, she's not a Muppet Baby—it's a nickname) as she writes a book about the trials and tribulations of black maids in the South during the '60s.

In this scene, Skeeter does her darnedest to convince Aibileen (played by Oscar nominee Viola Davis) to be featured in her book (and essentially air her employers' dirty laundry). So much intrigue!

Click play on the clip above to see the entire Sneak Peek!

Are you looking forward to "The Help" hitting the big screen? Are you a fan of the book? Weigh-in below and on Twitter!

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