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Final Oscar Talk: Winners, Losers, MacFarlane, Music, Predictions, Red Carpet, Parties

Kris Tapley and I do our final Oscar Talk of the season on Sunday night's winners and losers and how we fared in our predictions. Let's just say I was in a good mood this morning.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2013 9:44 PM
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Oscars 2013 Red Carpet VIDEO: Winners Affleck, Lawrence, Day-Lewis, Hathaway and Hollywood Royalty; Plus Candid Photos and Winner Reactions Back Stage

Check out the Oscar winners' reactions from backstage, plus candid red carpet photos and video below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 25, 2013 4:47 PM
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Oscar Analysis: Why 'Argo' Beat 'Lincoln' and More on Oscar's Winners and Losers

A month ago, Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," the highest-grossing film of the Oscar nominees ($178 million and counting) with the most nominations (12), was the frontrunner in the Oscar race. But dynamics can change. When Ben Affleck did not earn an Oscar nomination for directing "Argo," he became the underdog and that turned the tide.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 25, 2013 1:30 PM
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2013 Oscar Highlights: Dancing and Tripping Stars, Eloquent Acceptance Speeches and More; Show Scores 40.3 Million Viewers UPDATED

The 2013 Oscars held many noteworthy moments, including the race's sixth tie in history, and the six major category wins all going to different films. It also saw plenty of song belting, some charmingly old-school dance numbers and moving speeches from award recipients. Below, video highlights from the night, updated ratings info and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 25, 2013 12:06 PM
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The Unsung Hero Behind 'Argo' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' Has Two Chances to Win Oscar Night

When William Goldenberg came to talk to Sneak Previews about editing Ben Affleck's "Argo" back in October, he was still in the throes of finishing Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty," on a tight deadline to deliver a final cut in November. Sunday night Goldenberg is up for not just one but two Oscars, for two very different Middle East movies, and is favored to win for best picture frontrunner "Argo."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 24, 2013 6:06 PM
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Final Oscar Predictions 2013

You'd think that Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," the highest-grossing film of the Oscar nominees ($174 million and counting) with the most nominations (12), would be steady as they go. (Best Picture nominees Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" scored eleven, "Les Miserables" eight, "Argo" seven, and "Zero Dark Thirty" five.) Yet Ben Affleck's "Argo," fueled by sympathy for the popular actor-director's "snub" by the Oscar directors' branch, is sxurging past the one-time best picture frontrunner. The directors branch, packed with foreign auteurs, is known for making idiosyncratic choices, but rarely have the DGA and Academy lists been so different. (Also left off the Oscar directors list: Tom Hooper and Kathryn Bigelow.) With final voting under way, "Argo" leads "Lincoln." But it's Spielberg vs. Ang Lee in the director race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 24, 2013 4:26 PM
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Six Reasons Why Six Oscar Nominees Delivered Highest Awards Season Grosses in Recent History

Six of the nine Oscar Best Picture nominees have already passed the $100 million mark, the highest level since the number was increased from five in 2009. These are the biggest numbers, even with ticket price adjustments, in recent box-office history. A number of factors contributed to the result-- the quality of the films, with studio-financed budgets requiring films with wide audience appeal, apart from any Oscar bonus--but the most significant was the calendar.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 24, 2013 6:15 AM
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'Silver Linings Playbook' Wins Four Independent Spirit Awards, Hunt and Hawkes Win for 'Sessions,' Full List of Winners

Going in it was Fox Searchlight's scrappy "Beasts of the Southern Wild" vs. Weinstein Co's "Silver Linings Playbook" at the 28th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards Saturday at the sunny beach in Santa Monica. The show, which airs at 10 PM on IFC, was hosted by SNL's Andy Samberg, who played well to the room; the highlights were several video spoofs of the nominees, including Samberg's Skype auditions. "We've got Matthew McConaughey," said Samberg. "Hollywood fuck you!"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 23, 2013 8:06 PM
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Live Backstage at the 2013 Indie Spirit Awards: 'Silver Linings Playbook' Dominates with Best Feature, Director and Actress; Hawkes Wins for Actor

TOH! was live backstage at the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Here's a roundup of the winners and what they had to say.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 23, 2013 6:11 PM
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The Cesars Go to Riva, Trintignant, Haneke, 'Amour,' and Foreign Film 'Argo' UPDATED

A radiant red-robed Emmanuelle Riva accepted the Cesar for best actress Friday night at Paris's Théâtre du Châtelet for Michael Haneke's "Amour," which won five awards including best picture, director, original screenplay and best actor for Jean-Louis Trintignant. Haneke was in Los Angeles for Saturday's Indie Spirits and Sunday's Oscars, while Trintignant was in Brussels in a play, he told the audience via his son Vincent's cell phone: "Je suis tres content, merci beaucoup," he said. Kevin Costner accepted a Life Achievement Award--and seemed to fall asleep during Riva's long speech.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 22, 2013 6:07 PM
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