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Ten Meryl Streep Characters Through a Feminist Gaze

Meryl Streep is a cinema nonpareil whose acting talent and aura seemingly can't be explained. Nominated for a record 18 Academy Awards and winner of three, Streep is up for an Oscar on March 2 for her over-the-top portrayal of a grieving, drug-addicted mother in John Wells' movie version of Tracy Letts' Broadway smash "August: Osage County," although she's not pegged for another win. Critic Karina Longworth zeroes in on ten iconic Streep characters in her new book.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2014 5:11 PM
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Final 2014 Oscar Predictions

Why are people talking about Oscar upsets this year? Because this intensely competitive race --prolonged by the Olympics--could yield some surprises on March 2. (See my picks below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2014 12:22 PM
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'12 Years a Slave' Dominates the Indie Spirit Awards

"To be a part of that does not come along all that often," said Brad Pitt of producing "12 Years a Slave," backstage at Saturday's alternative to the Oscars, the Independent Spirit Awards. '12 Years a Slave' took home five awards, not only for best feature, but director Steve McQueen, supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o, cinematography Sean Bobbitt and screenplay John Ridley.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2014 7:59 PM
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Oscar Nominees Win Big at 2014 Independent Spirit Awards (Full Winners List & Red Carpet Videos)

The independents' alternative to the Oscars, the Indie Spirit Awards, get under way in blustery Santa Monica Saturday. As usual, many of the low-budget Oscar contenders (under $20 million) will take home Indie Spirit awards. Expect "12 Years a Slave" to score Best feature, Director and supporting actress.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 1, 2014 6:36 PM
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Full Oscar Winners List 2014

Oscar Predicts Chart 2014
The reason that "12 Years a Slave" prevailed over all countervailing trends is that the Academy thinks about how they want to be represented to the world. It's not just what movie they like best. It's what movie they want to like best.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 1, 2014 1:55 PM
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Ellen DeGeneres on Why She Almost Didn't Host the Oscars Again, Interest in More Dramatic Roles and More

Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres sat down with Parade Magazine days before the big show to discuss all things movies and Academy Awards, including why her initial reaction to hosting for a second time around was "no," on her decision to not dance on the Kodak stage, on being the inspiration for current Oscar nominee Sandra Bullock's 1999 hit "Miss Congeniality" and more. Interview highlights, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 28, 2014 12:03 PM
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Oscar Talk Final Predictions: 'Gravity' or '12 Years a Slave'? Lawrence or Nyong'o?

On this season's final Oscar Talk Podcast, Kris Tapley and I dig in to this year's hardest categories to predict: Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2014 11:59 AM
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Oscar Roundup: Vanity Fair Panel, Pundits Votes, A Grumpy Voter's Ballot, Best Actress, Northup Family and VFX Galleries, Ellen's Bets on the Oscars and More (VIDEO)

At long last, the Oscars are upon us. Thank God. This awards season was stretched due to the Olympics. It'll be shorter next year. Below, a roundup of what last-minute Oscar-related odds and ends are out there in the cybersphere.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 27, 2014 4:53 PM
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ROUNDUP: Read All of TOH!'s Interviews with 2014 Oscar Nominees UPDATED

UPDATE: We continue to add to our vast library of Oscar season interviews. Check out some new additions, below.
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  • February 26, 2014 11:19 AM
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Talking the 'Bad Grandpa' Makeup with Oscar-Nominated Stephen Prouty

So will the Oscar for best makeup and hairstyling go to Stephen Prouty for his impressive transformation of Johnny Knoxville's hysterical and horny 86-year-old Irving Zisman in "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa"? It's a triumph of old school craft, which required a complete re-imagining to believably pull it off and provide Knoxville with better flexibility for his comedic turn.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 25, 2014 2:57 PM
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