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The Highlights & Worst Aspects Of The 85th Academy Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2013 2:35 PM
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For what it's worth, the ratings for last night's Oscar show look to be up, suggesting that the Academy's gamble with Seth MacFarlane paid off (although, the fact that six of the Best Picture nominations made over $100 million is probably the most significant factors). But creatively, things were a little more mixed, most can agree.

5 Ways To Make Next Year's Oscars Better Than The 2013 Ceremony

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2013 1:55 PM
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The Oscar show always seems to be a mix of time honored tradition and off-the-wall experimentation (remember that Cirque Du Soleil thing last year? Pharrell playing in the balcony of the Dolby Theater?) and 2013 was no different. While the Academy tried to court younger viewers by choosing "Family Guy" creator and "Ted" director Seth MacFarlane to host, the decision to pay tribute to movie musicals appealed distinctly to an entirely different demographic. So no surprise, the show was a mess.

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: Watch The Full 85th Academy Awards Show In Its Entirety

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 25, 2013 11:53 AM
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Missed the 85th Academy Awards last night for some reason? Not into it? Just sort of put off by Seth MacFarlane's perennially self-satisfied and smug smirk? Perhaps you watched, but went to bed during the 6th hour when you knew there were still 45 nominations to go? We can't fault you either way, but in case you happened to miss the show -- the full list of winners is here -- or just got sick of how longwinded and or overly musical it was, you can watch the entire thing on Hulu. Hell, we won't even spoil it for you in case you missed it, but if you did, we warn you, it was long, erratically paced (slow and then hurried and then slow again) and the jokes were funny and then they weren't. Inconsistency was the name of the game.

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.

Iran Calls 'Argo' Oscar Win "Politically Motivated" & An "Advertisement For The CIA”

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2013 11:26 AM
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The red carpet may be all rolled up, but that doesn't mean the Oscar controversy will end there. With Ben Affleck's "Argo" taking home the widely expected prize for Best Picture last night at the Oscars, the Iranian government -- who have never been big fans of the movie in general -- haven't wasted any time in weighing in.

Watch: Jimmy Kimmel Returns With 'Movie The Movie 2V' Featuring Jessica Chastain, Jude Law, Oprah Winfrey & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2013 9:39 AM
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So, the Oscars are over, and you're likely waking up today with a nacho cheese hangover and still wondering why so much of the broadcast was dedicated to "Chicago" and "Dreamgirls." But if you still had any kind of energy left over from the four-hour slog, perhaps you stayed up to watch "Jimmy Kimmel Live." And if not? Well, we have the magic of YouTube.

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.

2013 Oscars: 'Argo' Wins Best Picture & 3 Awards; 'Life Of Pi' Wins 4 Including Best Director For Ang Lee

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 24, 2013 8:17 PM
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Well, that's a wrap. The two bigger winners of the night were "Argo," which one the coveted Best Picture award and three awards total, and "Life of Pi," which took home the most statuettes of the evening including Best Director for Ang Lee (which we called in our predictions). The one relative "surprise" of the night early on (though a late groundswell started in recent weeks) was Christoph Waltz for "Django Unchained," beating out Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones. But the show was a brutally longwinded snore and the musical segments didn't help. Host Seth MacFarlane had mixed results, but fared better than we expected and had a few admittedly killer jokes. All and all though, pacing wise, it was a crushingly slow and laborious show. More analysis tomorrow, this thing tired us out.

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.

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