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The Halle Berry Effect: 10 Terrible Films Made By Actors After They Won Their Oscar

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 21, 2013 3:09 PM
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Winning an Oscar has many wonderful benefits. You get the acknowledgement of your peers, worldwide fame, the pick of some of the best roles around, and crucially, you get to up your asking price. Because yes, for every actor or actress that uses their newfound place in the history books to take their time and seek out another role worthy of their talents, there's another who take the opportunity to sell out as quickly as possible.

Oscars: The Playlist Final Predictions For The 2013 Academy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 21, 2013 10:58 AM
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As of Tuesday evening, voting for the 85th Academy Awards is closed. Tardy Academy members still filling out the ballots -- sorry, but counting is underway. The results will be announced at the Oscar ceremony on Sunday night, and the nominees now have a few days off from campaigning to catch up on beauty sleep before they head to the Dolby Theater.

A Glimpse Into The Mind Of An Oscar Voter's Ballot Is Depressing, Hilarious & Eye-Opening

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2013 3:56 PM
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So, here we are. You've spent months and months, hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars on campaigning, throwing parties, hosting screenings, gladhanding, working the circuit and more, all in the hopes of convincing Academy members first to nominate and then to vote for your films. You want to think everyone is voting with integrity, looking to honor the very best in film for the year. But the truth is that politics, personal emotion, odd reasoning and sometimes just plain bad taste are all factors as well, and just four days until the Oscar are handed out, a rather bracing glimpse at the mind of one Oscar voter is eye-opening stuff.
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The Early Gems: Notable Performances From The 2013 Best Actress Oscar Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 20, 2013 1:04 PM
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With the Oscars now only four days away, it's time for our Early Gems series to come to a close. Over the last week, we've been highlighting performances and films from those nominated in the acting and directing categories, from Amy Adams in "Junebug" to Benh Zeitlin's short film "Glory At Sea." But all good things must come to an end, and so our final entry will focus on the last major category we haven't yet covered: Best Actress.

Oscar Trivia: 50 Fun Facts To Prepare You For The 85th Academy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 20, 2013 11:02 AM
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If there's anything we love, it's pointless trivia. And with Oscar night on the way (and, if you're anything like us, an Oscar viewing party), if there's one thing that it's important for you to have, it's a fistful of Academy Award-related trivia for you to bore impress your friends with on Sunday night.

Watch: Supercut Of Every Best Picture Oscar Winner In History From 'Wings' To 'The Artist'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2013 10:02 AM
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The final alterations on the tuxedos and dresses are being made, speeches are written and party RSVPs are going out as this weekend Hollywood gets ready to celebrate their own with the Oscars. History will be made, and surprises and shocks will be in store on Sunday night, and while Oscar prognosticators continue to rally one final battle cry for their favorite films, let's take a quick break from the noise.
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The Early Gems: Notable Performances From 2013's Best Actor Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 19, 2013 12:24 PM
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Last week, we started to warm up for the Oscars by taking a look at some of the best of the early roles of the supporting actor and actress nominees, and the early films of the directing nominees. Now that the long weekend's finally over, we're continuing right where we left off, with a look at some early highlights from this year's crop of Best Actor nominees.

Oscars: The Playlist Guide To The Live-Action, Animated & Documentary Short Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 18, 2013 2:36 PM
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We don't know about you, but until the last few years, whenever it came time to make our picks for Oscar pools/wagers, there's always one section of the awards that so often comes down to luck -- the short films. In the years since shorts stopped playing widely before features, it became harder and harder for the layman to actually watch nominees, and even harder to predict what would actually win.

'Zero Dark Thirty' & Yes, 'Argo,' Win WGA Screenplay Awards, 'Life Of Pi' Tops Golden Reel Awards For Sound Editing

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 18, 2013 5:55 AM
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We're now in the final seven days of the 2012/2013 awards season. This time next week we'll be bleary eyed, a little hungover, and probably quite ready to never see Seth MacFarlane tell another joke about "Django Unchained" for the rest of our lives. But there's still been some time to squeeze in some precursor awards, and after the Eddies on Saturday, last night saw the last major pre-Oscars ceremony, in the shape of the final of the four big guilds, the Writers' Guild of America.

'Argo' & 'Silver Linings Playbook' Take Top Editing Prizes At ACE Eddie Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 17, 2013 9:20 AM
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Seven days left until the Oscars, and the final precursor awards roll out this weekend. Tonight sees the WGA Awards, and last night was the ACE Eddie Awards, run by the organization for film editors, and rewarding the best editing in cinema in 2012.

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