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Watch: Martin Freeman Talks To God In Clip From Oscar Nominated Short 'The Voorman Problem'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 4, 2014 10:44 AM
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The shorts categories at the Oscars can sometimes be a breeding ground for future talented feature-length filmmakers with past winners including “Fish Tank” director Andrea Arnold and “In Bruges” helmer Martin McDonagh. Over the weekend, this year’s nominees for Best Live-Action Short Film hit selected theaters and a clip from one of the starrier efforts — via USA Today — has arrived to whet your appetite.

Oscars: The Best Underrated Performances Of The 2014 Actor & Actress Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2014 1:47 PM
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Underrated Performances, 2014 Actor & Actress Nominees
The trouble with awards season, especially when it comes to actors who often attract nominations, is that there's a risk that it delegitimizes their work if it doesn't get recognized. If Meryl Streep, say, has countless nominations, than there could be a temptation to think of her performances in less awards-friendly fare as "lesser" work, whereas in fact, the opposite can be true—even in films that are of otherwise questionable quality, the actors can still give remarkable performances.

Oscar Best Song Nominee "Alone Yet Not Alone" Disqualified, Category Will Remain With 4 Contenders

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 12:24 PM
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Alone Yet Not Alone
The list of nominees who had their Oscar chances revoked is a small field, with the best known case perhaps being Nino Rota getting disqualified in 1972 for Best Original Score for "The Godfather" when it was discovered that part of his composition was previously used in the 1958 film "Fortunella." (Though while he technically was never officially nominated, the music branch held a revote for the Oscar nominations and he missed out). And, despite the sad turn of events, out-of-nowhere nominee "Alone Yet Not Alone" will be a part of history.

Oscars: The Best Underrated Performances By The 2014 Supporting Actor & Actress Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 29, 2014 2:03 PM
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Oscars: The Best Underrated Performances By The 2014 Acting Noms
With the Oscar nominations out, and the SAGs and Golden Globes a few weeks in the past, we're entering something of a quiet phase in awards season, with the Academy not even due to begin voting for a few weeks yet. So it seems like a good time to look back.

Watch: Supercut Of Every Oscar Winner For Best Visual Effects Since The Award Was Introduced In 1977

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 29, 2014 11:23 AM
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Star Wars
The Best Visual Effects category in its current form has only existed at the Oscars since 1977, with different names used for the award over most of the Academy’s existence. With the 86th edition of the Academy Awards drawing closer, Nelson Carvajal has created a tribute reel to the past winners of the Best Visual Effects award.

Watch: The Opening Of 25th Academy Awards, The First Televised Oscar Show

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2014 3:37 PM
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For over 60 years, Hollywood has been beamed into homes across America with the Academy Awards, bringing the glitz, glamour and stars into living rooms in every state. The yearly TV tradition started in 1953 when the show was broadcast for the first time, and today we'll take you on a trip down memory lane.

Oscars: How The Historic PGA Tie Keeps The Best Picture Race Wide Open, Plus Who Could Upset In The Acting Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 20, 2014 3:27 PM
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Gravity 12 Years A Slave
For a minute, it looked as if the race might be over. David O. Russell's "American Hustle" (and the way that that phrase rhymes alone makes us glad it's a Best Picture nominee) had the momentum going into the Oscar nominations last week, and had even more after it: ten nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and four acting nods, one in each category, only the second movie to achieve that feat in the last thirty years (Russell's previous film, "Silver Linings Playbook," being the other).

Podcast: The Playlist Talks Oscar Nominations & 'Batman Vs. Superman' Moving To 2016

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • January 20, 2014 2:47 PM
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2014 Oscar Nominations: 'American Hustle' Leads The Pack With 10 Nominations, 'Gravity' & '12 Years A Slave' Get 9 Each
With much of The Playlist crew in Sundance, on our first episode of 2014, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and Features Editor Oli Lyttelton teamed up for an hour to chat about the recent Oscar nominations, discussing who might win, the surprises and snubs and more. In the final 15 minutes, they also make time to discuss the recent news about the release of the highly anticipated "Batman vs. Superman" being pushed to 2016.

“We Had No Campaign": Robert Redford Explains His Oscar Snub For 'All Is Lost'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2014 5:41 PM
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All Is Lost
All season the long, many prognosticators were calling a nomination for Robert Redford for his turn in "All Is Lost" a slam dunk. Not only is hea beloved, veteran actor and the man behind the Sundance Film Festival, the survival picture found him delivering a near wordless performance in a movie that featured only one character: himself. It all seemed so inevitable...until this morning. Among the Biggest Shocks, Snubs & Surprises was Redford getting shut out of the Best Actor field, despite certainty from nearly every corner of the awards blogosphere all season long. So, why did he miss out? Well, that's what journalists asked Redford this morning.

By The Numbers: The 2014 Oscar Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 16, 2014 12:41 PM
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By The Numbers: The 2014 Oscar Nominations
You might have thought we were done with coverage of today's Oscar announcements, but you were wrong (although, actually, this should be for it the moment after this one). You've seen the nominations themselves, and you've read our piece about the surprises and snubs, but what you might be missing out on are the stats.

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