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5 Ways To Make Next Year's Oscar Show Better

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 3, 2014 5:22 PM
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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 less decided, race for Best Picture between “Gravity” and eventual winner “12 Years A Slave." Not to mention all the people who tuned in with their kids to hear the one and only Adele Dazim sing “Let it Go.”

The 86th Academy Awards Ceremony By The Numbers

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 3, 2014 3:03 PM
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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 last night, so that you can impress your friends/family/loved ones/would-be-loved-ones over dinner. Take a look below.

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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2014 2:13 PM
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12 Years A Slave
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 to the stage, and in his speech, he thanked everyone involved with the movie except the director. Is that beef we're smelling?

The Best & Worst Moments Of The 2014 Oscars

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 3, 2014 1:03 PM
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Well, after months of speculation, thousands upon thousands of column inches, millions of dollars in campaigning and plenty of furious arguments, the Oscar season is over. Last night's 86th Academy Awards saw "Gravity" pick up seven prizes, but being beaten to Best Picture by "12 Years A Slave" (only "Cabaret" won more awards without taking the big one), while "American Hustle" failed to win anything from its ten nominations (full list of winners here).

Watch: All Oscar Acceptance Speeches For Best Picture & Major Categories Plus The Entire Show In 2 Minutes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2014 10:25 AM
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For anyone watching the Oscars at home last night, they may have noticed something a different about the speeches this year....no one really got played off. It looks like the producers took it easy on the winners in 2014, rarely breaking out the orchestra to hustle people off the stage, leading to some longer than usual acceptance speeches. And in case you were in the bathroom or doing a snack refill, we've got all the major ones below.

Watch: Oscars In Memoriam 2014 Presented By Glenn Close Plus 'Wind Beneath My Wings' By Bette Midler

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2014 10:03 AM
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Another year has passed, and with it, some of the cinema's most beloved artists passed away. And so it goes, the Oscars took a moment to remember them all (except Alain Resnais) with the annual In Memoriam segment.

Watch: Oscar Show Musical Performances By Karen O, Pharrell Williams, Idina Menzel & Pink

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2014 9:41 AM
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If the Oscars ditched the usual razzle dazzle opening number this number, they still brought the music with Best Song nominees getting their chance to shine with live performances. But it wasn't always the songs that got the most attention.

Watch: Ellen DeGeneres Opening Oscars Monologue

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2014 9:18 AM
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Ellen DeGeneres
After Seth MacFarlane stunk up the joint with his frat boy antics during last year's Oscar show, the Academy course corrected and asked Ellen DeGeneres back to the stage (she hosted in 2007) and it was good choice. And in case you missed it, we've got the full opening monologue for you to check out.

2014 Oscar Winners: 'Gravity' Wins 7, '12 Years A Slave' Takes Best Picture, 'American Hustle' Shut Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2014 10:37 PM
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...And that's it on another year. As always, the Oscars were both exciting, (mostly) sleep inducing, surprising and left us with lots to talk about. But it's late, we're tired and filled with nacho cheese, so we're going to be a bit brief for now.

2014 Oscars: The Playlist's 86th Academy Awards Live Blog

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 2, 2014 10:35 PM
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2014 Oscar Selfie
What's up party people, here is your official Playlist Oscars 2014 live-blog, steered with reckless, and rosé-soaked abandon by me, Katie Walsh. I'm no awards pundit, or expert, but I am an enthusiast for fashions, celebrities, and live television mishaps, which is what these awards shows do best, as well as hand out shiny gold doorstoppers to the best and brightest of Hollywood. It's also a wonderful way to celebrate the end of what has seemed like an incredibly long and convoluted Oscar season (which really, is most of the year now), and tonight will no doubt be a great catharsis of all our collective anxieties, disagreements and heated opinions.

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