Awards season sure seems stressful for all the stars. There are the chemical peels, the outfit selections and the inevitable ridicule about said outfit. Then there are the endless interviews, which are in turn endlessly parsed for scandalous sound bites.

It doesn't look especially fun — unless the star in question is too young to care about weight, wrinkles and wardrobe malfunctions. Because 9-year-old "Room" star Jacob Tremblay is having a blast.

He got to fake-punch Sylvester Stallone during the annual Oscars luncheon. He made studio audiences "awww" on Jimmy Kimmel. And on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." And he's even won some prizes, like the Santa Barbara Film Festival's Virtuosos Award.

He also won the prize for best young actor at the Critics Choice Awards, which led to a barrage of cuteness. First, he couldn't reach the microphone, even though he was standing on a box, so presenter Bradley James had to come to his rescue. By the time Tremblay started talking, just about everyone in the audience had melted into a puddle of giggles.

Then he impressed the after-party with his dancing skills. He's not up for an Oscar, but his movie is.

Boston Pops embraces pop culture

The force is strong with the Boston Pops in 2016. The beloved orchestra announced its spring schedule on Friday. Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer John Williams, who wrote the score for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," will help Pops conductor Keith Lockhart lead a performance of selections from the movie's soundtrack. "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, a baritone crooner on the side, also will perform during the spring season, which kicks off May 6 and runs through June 18. So will the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson and guitarist Tom Scholz of the band Boston.

Farewell: Italian author Umberto Eco, best known for the international bestseller "The Name of the Rose," died Friday at age 84. His family told the Italian newspaper la Repubblica that he died at home. No cause was given. "The Name of the Rose," a murder mystery set in the 14th century, was published in 1980 and caught on with readers worldwide. His other books included "Foucault's Pendulum," "The Prague Cemetery" and "The Island of the Day Before."

Pricey Spidey: A Dallas-based auction house says a rare copy of a 1962 comic book featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man sold for $454,100. The comic book was purchased by an anonymous collector, and Heritage Auctions said Thursday's sale was a record for a public auction price for any Spider-Man comic book.

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