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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

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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.

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 »

The 15 "Edgiest" Oscar Best Picture Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 19, 2014 3:39 PM
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Edgy Best Picture oscar nominees
“Ugh, the Academy, so conservative” goes the cliché, as bloggers and pundits the movie world over take a moment to roll their eyes and sigh before diving back in to beaver away on one of a million pieces about this year’s nominations, the pros and cons, the good picks, the bad picks, the odds, the ends (hey, we’ve done a few ourselves with more on the way!) But while that knee-jerk stance is an easy one to adopt (and also comfortable—setting the speaker above the choices in question by virtue of the fact that they’re not challenging enough, not cinephile-y enough, too MOR, too bland), it doesn’t take account of those times when we’ve been surprised by the august body. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which does absolutely skew older-white-male in its demographics (as does the film industry, folks) has, on occasion given us pause—nominating a film which, in content or execution, might seem to be light years away from its wheelhouse: explicit in its treatment of sexuality, or extreme in its violence or just wholly different to our idea of an “Oscar movie.”

Watch: Christopher Nolan Accepts Academy Award Of Merit Dedicated To Film Lab Technicians

Christopher Nolan Oscar
Well, it doesn't get any nerdier than this. Over the weekend, the Academy's Scientific & Technical Awards were handed out—aka the Nerd Oscars—honoring the technicians behind the scenes who make movie magic happen. And on hand to help honor those folks was none other than analog advocate Christopher Nolan. Read More »

10 Great Documentaries That Weren't Nominated For An Oscar

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 18, 2014 2:50 PM
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Best Documentaries Not Nominated For Oscars
With "The Act Of Killing," "Cutie And The Boxer" and "The Square" among the nominees, this year's Best Documentary Feature category is one of the strongest we can remember. But that doesn't mean that the Academy got everything right. Many of the year's most notable non-fiction films were ignored, most notably Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell," a movie which managed to top many critical lists and was widely acclaimed as not just as one of the best documentaries of 2013, but as one of the best movies of any kind.

5 Things To Expect At The Oscars After Last Night's BAFTA Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 17, 2014 12:05 PM
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Less than two weeks remain until the Academy Awards, and Sunday night brought the last major ceremony (excluding the Spirit Awards, which plays in a slightly different sandbox) before then: Oscar's cousin from across the Atlantic, the BAFTAs. As you might have seen, "Gravity" won the most trophies, with six BAFTAs including Best Director and Best British Film, but it was "12 Years A Slave" that came away with the big prize of Best Film, while also picking up Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor. The winners, losers, and everyone else in the British film industry are currently struggling to get over their hangovers, but for everyone else, the question lingers -- how, if at all, does it affect the Oscar race?

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