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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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Oscars
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.”

13 Films To See In March

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • March 3, 2014 4:46 PM
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12 Films To See In March
The dolorous effects of winter are slowly, ever so slowly, making way for the bright world of spring. Until then, and especially if you’re in one of the regions still covered in snow, you’re probably spending quite a bit of time at the local multiplex. Since February was so short we’re adding an additional two movies to tide you over this month, so hopefully you’ll have a backlog of entertainment for when you can come out of hibernation.

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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Oscar, 2014 Winners
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.

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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Best/Worst Moments of Oscar 2014 show
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).

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.

Liam Neeson Is 'Non-Stop': 12 Action Stars Who Still Kicked Butt After 60

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 27, 2014 2:35 PM
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Celebrate Action Stars After 60
This week, Liam Neeson can be seen in “Non Stop,” the latest in a surprisingly active career as an action star. While Neeson has a history peppered with prestige films here and there, make no mistake, his most recent resumé consists of kicking ass and taking names. What no one mentions is that Neeson, who is soon scheduled to show up in a third “Taken” film, is actually a spectacular 61 years old, which is impressive considering the leaping, punching, and growling he’s done in recent years. Have you seen your parents lately? They can barely open the door and hoodies terrify them.

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.

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.

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