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James Gandolfini

When James Gandolfini’s picture flashes on the screen during the “In Memorium” tribute at the Academy Awards ceremony on March 2, 2014, it will be a sad and emotional moment for the audience and the viewers. The actor was only 51, and his death on June 19 was so sudden and unexpected.

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HBO will honor the “Sopranos” star with a tribute on Sunday, December 22 at 8:30, with the special program, “James Gandolfini: Tribute  to a Friend.” More than two dozen friends and colleagues will reminisce about the Emmy winner. Along with first-person reflections, there will be clips of Gandolfini’s work, as well as behind-the-scenes footage.

The late actor’s performance in Nicole Holofcener’s “Enough Said,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, has earned him Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

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Paula Schwartz
Paula Schwartz is a veteran journalist based in New York who is passionate about the movies. Her idea of heaven is watching three movies in a row. She’s written for various outlets, including the New York Times, Showbiz411, More and MovieMaker Magazine. For five seasons, she contributed to the New York Times seasonal movie blog, Carpetbaggers, where she covered major awards events and interviewed stars like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Helen Mirren.

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