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    All About Oscar Winning Animated Short 'Mr. Hublot': Where to Watch, Backstage Interview and More (TRAILER)

    The one upset from the 86th Academy Awards was Laurent Witz’s Braziland steampunk gem "Mr. Hublot" besting Mickey Mouse in "Get A Horse!" in the Animated Short category. Want to know more about the surprise Oscar winner? Below, Witz' backstage comments after his win, and what he told me about the fi...

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    Career Watch: Where Does Oscar-Winner Cate Blanchett Go from Here?

    Former USA TODAY film maven Susan Wloszczyna, a contributor/critic for RogerEbert.com, kicks off a new feature that examines the career status of major Hollywood stars. This week: Oscar’s freshly crowned best actress winner Cate Blanchett.

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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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    5 Ways To Make Next Year's Oscar Show Better

    So the numbers are in, and last night’s Oscar telecast raked as the ceremony’s highest viewership stats for a decade, reaching an audience of 43 million. Of course its being hailed as a triumph for host Ellen DeGeneres, but we’re going to suggest that part of that was due to a more open, or rather l...

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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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    The Improved Oscar Show with Ellen, Lupita, Jared & Adele Dazeem

    I did not have great hopes for the Oscar show going in -- I'm not even an Ellen fan -- but you cannot hate anything that has Brad Pitt passing around pizza and John Travolta creating an entirely new name for the person he was introducing (Adele Dazeem, a star is born).

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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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