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    Oscar Watch: Giacchino Talks Up

    Michael Giacchino, who won for his score of Up, was standing outside taking a break on another movie when someone told him the story of Up. "It's about life and death and moving on," Giacchino said. "I knew immediately that I had to do it, so badly." He says that he treats cartoon characters as real people. "It was about being quiet and simple and letting it grow from there."

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    Oscar Backstage: Avatar Winner Stromberg Talks Survival

    The co-winner of best art direction for Avatar, Robert Stromberg, said in his acceptance speech that he came back from a near-death experience. Backstage he elaborated. "Something was ready to kill me," he said. "Out of that I told myself that I would spend whatever time I had here trying to do something profound and worthwhile. This award to me is actually me understanding that I'm alive. It's very special."

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    The Best Speech of the Night

    The Best Speech of the Night

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    Oscar Backstage: Two Awards go to Precious, Adapted Screenplay, Mo'Nique Talks

    Precious has now won two awards. Jason Reitman won so many awards for Up in the Air--including the WGA-- that it's shocking that he did not win the adapted screenplay Oscar. Was he too young, or the movie too light and comedic? It must have been close. First-timer Geoffrey Fletcher's win for Precious demonstrates great Academy support --will the film win anything else? Many people are predicting an upset in the best actress category. Mo'Nique's win for supporting actress was expected.

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    Oscar Backstage: Short Subjects

    The three short films, animated, live action and doc, did not go the way I expected. I thought Logorama--a must-see clever short made up entirely of commercial logos-- would be too hip for the Academy, which would go for Nick Park for the second time, but they must have gotten tired of Wallace & Gromit being nominated five times before. The live action short The New Tenants was my favorite and I shouldn't have listened to the people telling me why it couldn't win! So much for winning any Oscar pools. The five films vying for doc short were all strong, but I admit that HBO's Music by Prudence, about a disabled South African singer, haunted me for days.

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    Oscar Reaction: Boal Starts Hurt Locker Wins, Waltz, Docter, Burnett/Bingham Expected Wins

    So far the Oscars are going as predicted. Mark Boal's win for The Hurt Locker is a sign of strength for the movie--which many best picture Oscar watchers have been abandoning for Avatar in the last week. And it means that Harvey Weinstein's long, hard campaign for Inglourious Basterds did not bear fruit. Unless Inglourious wins cinematography, the Christoph Waltz supporting actor prize will be it.

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    Oscar Red Carpet: Clooney, Tarantino, Cameron as Showtime Nears

    Quentin Tarantino has lost his voice. Bill Mechanic the co-producer of the Oscars says he and Adam Shankman never fought and are new best friends. He's going in a populist direction with the show, he says, and they were tweaking things that didn't work last night.

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    Oscar Red Carpet: Winding Down

    It's getting late enough so that the stars are going by and not stopping. Carey Mulligan, Kathryn Bigelow and Vera Farmiga went breezing by. It's a real crunch.

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    Oscar Red Carpet Video: Media Moguls

    "The lines are still open," said Disney chairman Robert Iger of the Cablevision/ABC dispute that is shutting the Oscar broadcast down on the Cablevision system in NYC. Local WABC can't be seen on cable in the NYC area. UPDATE: WABC-TV has gone back on in New York.

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    Oscar Red Carpet: Early "Avatar" Bits

    From the red carpet now:

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