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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.

Independent Spirit Award Winners: '12 Years A Slave' Scores Best Picture, Director & 5 Prizes Total

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 1, 2014 5:16 PM
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12 Years A Slave
The Independent's Spirit Awards are underway. "12 Years A Slave' leads the field with 7 nominations, while "Nebraska" is close behind with six, picking up nods in the same categories bar cinematography. "All Is Lost" has four nominations while "Inside Llewyn Davis" and "Frances Ha" made up the rest of the feature nominations, though missed out on other key nods (we're still shocked Greta Gerwig wasn't nomed for Best Actress). Winner as they happen below.

12 Memorable Oscar Acceptance Speeches

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 1, 2014 12:11 PM
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12 Memorable Oscar Acceptance Speeches
Oh my God. Thank you. Thank you. I can’t...God, I’m so nervous! This is, just, this is incredible. So unexpected—I didn’t even prepare anything! [surreptitiously unfolds piece of paper stored in cleavage]. Firstly, I have to thank the Academy, without whom I wouldn’t be here today, bringing you this feature about the most Memorable Oscar Speeches ever. And I have to thank the Editors, Rodrigo and Kevin, and my fellow features writer Oli, and all the nominees (whose company I am so humbled to share, though I don’t know how the hell Meryl Streep got into this category too).

The 5 Best Oscar Ceremony Musical Performances And 5 Terrible Ones

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2014 2:00 PM
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The 5 Best Oscar Music Performances, And 5 Terrible Ones
In the week running up to tomorrow Oscar's ceremony, we've looked at various aspects of Academy Award mania, from the best, and the worst, Best Picture winners, to the directors who went unrecognized, to our final predictions. But there's one final element of Oscar ceremonies themselves that we wanted to highlight: the musical numbers.

Who Should Win, Who Will Win: The Playlist's Final Oscar Predictions

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 27, 2014 1:08 PM
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2014 Oscar Predictions, Who Will/Should Win
On August 28th, "Gravity" premiered at the Venice Film Festival and pretty much marked the start, in full force, of the awards season. Between then and Oscar night on Sunday, six months will have passed. 27 weeks. 186 days. It's been a long, vicious, and sort of fascinating Oscar season, and one of the most unpredictable in years.

Can You Name Them All? Check Out All 85 Oscar Best Picture Winners On One Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2014 4:50 PM
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85 Oscar Best Picture Winners
As you continue to argue and fight over our list of Every Best Picture Oscar Winner Ranked Worst To Best, here's another way to take a trip down memory lane before the show this Sunday night.

20 Celebrated Filmmakers Who Never Won A Best Directing Oscar

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 26, 2014 3:42 PM
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Filmmakers Who Never Won A Best Directing Oscar
For better or worse (which at this time of year, as the punditry reaches its hyperbolic event horizon, usually feels like worse) an Academy Award is the highest honor anyone in the film industry can receive. But of course, like any large organization—even one that wasn’t, as of 2012, reportedly 94% white, 77% male and 86% over the age of 50—the AMPAS gets things wrong (shocking, we know). Sometimes due to the politicking of insiders, sometimes because the wind shifts, and yes, sometimes because of plain old-fashioned bias, the membership votes to award the lesser film, or the lesser performance, or the lesser accomplishment, while the greater one stays seated after the envelope is opened—if they're there at all.

Every Best Picture Oscar Winner Ranked Best To Worst

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 25, 2014 3:48 PM
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Every Best Picture Oscar Winner Ranked Worst To Best: Part 2
This weekend, after months of frantic build-up, prognostication and guesswork, the 86th Academy Awards will take place. Of course, the main event will be awarding Best Picture (or, as the category was referred to back in the day, Outstanding Picture), and no matter who takes the prize, the winner joins a roster of films that veer from solid-gold classics to what-on-earth-were-the-Academy-thinking, and everything in between.

'The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug' & '12 Years A Slave' Lead 19th Empire Award Nominations

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
In a week's time, the Oscars will be over, but that doesn't quite mean the end of awards season, with a few stragglers — normally more populist than high-minded — following in the weeks and months after. Now in their 19th year, the Jameson Empire Awards — run by the UK movie magazine — are more MTV Movie Awards than BAFTAs, in part because they're voted for by the public. Read More »

Bill Murray To Present Award At The Oscars For The First Time Plus Full List Of Presenters

Bill Murray, Berlin, 2014
For the past month, you've likely seen variations of "[Insert Celebrity] To Present At The Oscars" headlines whizzing by your social media stream. Well the full list of A-listers, legends and other people set to walk across the Dolby Theatre stage and hand out statues has been revealed and if you need one reason to tune it into the industry night of back-patting, we've got one for you: Bill Murray. Read More »

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