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    Paolo Sorrentino Talks Oscar-Winner 'The Great Beauty' and What's Next (TRAILER)

    I first discovered the cinema of Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino in 2008 when I saw "Il Divo" at Cannes, which also stars the incandescent Toni Servillo. Even though the biopic did a deep dive into the arcane Machiavellian politics of Italy, the movie was utterly accessible because Servillo carried ...

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    Oscar Talk: The 2014 Oscars, and a Special Announcement

    Kris Tapley and I sat down for our final 2014 Oscar Talk podcast. Listen below.

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    Backstage at the 2014 Oscars

    As expected, "12 Years a Slave" earned best picture Sunday night at the 86th Academy Awards, while "Gravity" dominated the crafts, winning seven, as well as best director for Alfonso Cuaron. The reverse-engineered blockbuster took home awards for cinematography, VFX, editing, sound editing, sound mi...

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    '12 Years a Slave' Wins Best Picture Oscar, 'Gravity' Takes Seven, 'American Hustle' Shut Out (BACKSTAGE QUOTES, FULL WINNERS LIST)

    "Possibility number one, '12 Years a Slave' wins Best Picture. Possibility number two, you're all racists," said Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, returning after seven years, as she ended her opening monologue. Well, the Academy's 6000 voters went with possibility number one.

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    The 86th Academy Awards Ceremony By The Numbers

    You've watched it, you've read about it, but there's one thing that you'll need to make sense of the Oscars—some cold hard stats! In the spirit of Best Picture winner Brad Pitt's earlier film "Moneyball," below we've collected a bunch of data and numbers about the people, the movies and such from la...

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    Oscar Winners Steve McQueen & John Ridley Reportedly Beefing Over '12 Years A Slave' Screenplay Credit

    Last night, if you hadn't fall asleep by time it was announced, you may have noticed a slight chill when screenwriter John Ridley went up to accept his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "12 Years A Slave." He curiously didn't even acknowledge director Steve McQueen, walking by him on his way up ...

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    Heroines of Cinema: 10 Feminist Highlights of Awards Season

    There are many reasons to hate awards season. But for me, its greatest value has always been the potential platform it offers to progressive films, voices and characters. Let's not kid ourselves - 90% of the time, awards shows are a platform for vast egos and cinema at its most conservative. But at ...

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    WATCH: Oscar Red Carpet Videos

    My first time covering the Oscars red carpet came and went this afternoon, with plenty of adrenaline, jitters, excitement, flusteredness, as well as a solid dose of hurry-up-and-wait.

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    Watch: The 2014 Oscars In Memoriam Tribute

    While we celebrate film's crowning achievements at the 2014 Oscars, it's important to remember the talents that we've lost.

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    WATCH: 2014 Oscar Highlights, Plus Whole Show Recapped in Two Minutes (UPDATED VIDEO)

    UPDATE: Due to Academy copyright issues, the videos we'd rounded up earlier of acceptance speeches were taken down from YouTube. Instead, watch the AP's highlights compilation from the show, plus "The 86th Academy Awards in Under Two Minutes" below.

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