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Gaga crowned; Oprah's big trip

2010-09-14 06:40:32 GMT2010-09-14 14:40:32 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

The latest celebrity news including Lady Gaga's big night at the MTV Awards, Tarantino rejects claims of favoritism and Oprah's planned trip down under.

Lady Gaga was crowned queen of the MTV Video Music Awards, winning eight prizes including video of the year. The only other multiple winner was eight-time nominee Eminem, who won a pair of awards for his "Not Afraid." The rapper opened the show with a medley of songs.

Taylor Swift, who received a single nomination, went home empty-handed, brushed aside by the Lady Gaga juggernaut. But the country-pop starlet provided one of the show's more provocative moments, debuting a song that recounted her on-stage controversy with Kanye West during last year's ceremony.

Jury president Quentin Tarantino faced charges of favoritism after he handed out two major awards at the Venice film festival to his friends, including best picture to his ex partner Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere." The director, though, rejected the idea, saying nepotism had nothing to do with it.

Oprah Winfrey surprised her talk show audience attending the premiere of her 25th and final season with an all-expenses-paid eight-day trip to Australia. Some 300 audience members clapped, cried and hugged as Winfrey announced the trip.

Director Woody Allen is looking to set the record straight. At the premiere of his latest film "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the 74-year-old director said there is no truth to the rumors that he replaced Frances' first lady Carla Bruni in his upcoming film. Allen added that she's a good actress and was a delight to work with.

In Los Angeles, I'm John Russell for Reuters.

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