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The Idiot's Guide To Oscar Frustration: 5 Reasons To Shut Up & Stop Complaining About The Academy Awards

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 25, 2013 1:30 PM
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“ ‘I'm not watching the Oscars next year’ says everyone who will watch the Oscars next year,” one of us joked on Twitter this morning, but it’s a pretty apt summation to the perplexing perpetual love/hate relationship many have with the Academy Awards. “We’re relieved to hear that everyone says ‘The Oscars Don’t Matter’ aren’t watching the Oscars tonight,” was another quip we made yesterday evening before the awards and again, it echoes the same sentiment. And we don’t really get the fustration that comes from the audience, those in the industry, those who cover movies and hell, even some of our own team members.

Oscars: The Snubs & The Surprises Of The 85th Academy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2013 11:50 AM
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The 2013 Oscar season finally came to an end with the 85th Academy Awards. The major prizes of the night went to "Argo," which, as expected, won Best Picture, Ang Lee took Best Director, while Christoph Waltz, Anne Hathaway, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence won the acting prizes.

Watch: Oscar Acceptance Speeches From Ben Affleck, Ang Lee, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Haneke & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2013 9:16 AM
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Despite what whoever was pressing the "Jaws" theme button last night believes, the highlights of the annual Academy Awards tend not to be the montages and dance numbers, but the speeches. It's the moment where an actor or artist is rewarded by their peers, and thanks the Academy with wit, graciousness, charm, enormous egotism, or perhaps a bit of all the above.

5 Of The Worst Campaign Controversies In Oscar History

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 24, 2013 2:35 PM
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In some respects, this Oscar season has been a classic one, with a strong line-up of films and a narrative full of twists and turns. But it's also marked the return of a less-than-happy Oscar tradition in a fairly major way – the smear campaign and dirty tricks. Almost every serious contender has had some kind of attack leveled against it. "Lincoln" played fast and loose with historical facts and demeaned the good name of the state of Connecticut. "Argo" was even faster and looser and downplayed the part of an entire nation, Canada, in the real-life story. "Zero Dark Thirty" is pro-torture, "Django Unchained" is racist, and "Silver Linings Playbook" star Jennifer Lawrence was ungracious towards Meryl Streep and her fellow nominees in acceptance speeches and 'SNL' monologues.

The Most Embarrassing Roles Of The 2013 Oscar-Nominated Actors & Actresses

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 22, 2013 2:38 PM
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Yesterday, we talked (with some controversy) about the unwise choices that actors have made after winning an Oscar. Whether out of a desire to cash in, or an ego-driven chase for further acclaim, none were exactly fitting follow-ups. But questionable picks are hardly the sole territory of those who've already won Oscars; almost every actor, at some point, whether out of desire to put food on the table or hope in a project that turned out to be misplaced, has appeared in a film that they probably came to regret.

The Essentials: 5 Elia Kazan Films You May Not Know

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 22, 2013 2:02 PM
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Elia Kazan famously once said, “The writer, when he is also an artist, is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.” And one could easily argue Kazan’s raison d’être was to go to emotional and psychological places few men dared to tread. While Kazan’s films were often marked by social issues to the outsider, the filmmaker was much more drawn to the pathos of the human condition, the painfully vulnerable, complicated and emotional naked places of the human psyche. And he loved and nurtured the vanity-free actors who were willing and able to facilitate such ends and emotional complex truths. Marlon Brando, the ne plus ultra of tough but overly sensitive and vulnerable American male, was Kazan’s muse, and the filmmaker loved how he could arouse, cajole and release extraordinary feelings in the actor.

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.

15 Thrillers From The ‘70s You May Not Know

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 20, 2013 2:54 PM
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Sporting the old '70s Warner Bros. logo off the top (much like "Magic Mike" did earlier in the year), Ben Affleck's "Argo" spells out its throwback intentions right from minute one -- this is going to be a picture in the mold of the '70s thriller, often coming with strong political bent. Affleck's movie is also part Hollywood satire which trades in some loose and from the hip Hal Ashby tenors, but at the end of the day, the movie is a CIA thriller with a political nature that has upset both modern day Iranian and Canadian governments.

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.

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