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UPDATED '5 Broken Cameras' Oscar Contender Detained En Route to Oscars, Issues Statement: "Example of what my people face every day"

Emad Burnat, co-director of "5 Broken Cameras," has issued a statement about his and his family's detention at LAX en route to the Oscars:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 21, 2013 1:04 PM
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Oscars the Musical UPDATE: Host Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth to Perform Show-Closing Musical Number

Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth will perform a special show-closing musical number on the February 24 telecast. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron stated that the performance will follow the Best Picture win, and will be "a can't-miss moment."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 21, 2013 1:01 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Assessing the Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar Race

You couldn't find three more diverse choices for makeup and hairstyling than in "Hitchcock," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," and "Les Misérables." A portrait of Hitch that effectively blends Anthony Hopkins with the Master of Suspense...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 20, 2013 2:06 PM
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'War Witch' Star Rachel Mwanza Granted Visa from Congo to Attend the Oscars

The Oscars often lure folks across the seas from faraway worlds to the red carpet celebration, from Palestinian Emad Burnat ("5 Broken Cameras"), who was detained at LAX on his way to the Academy Award show, to 16-year-old Rachel Mwanza, who gives a beautiful, devastating performance in Oscar-nominated foreign entry "War Witch." She has been granted a visa to travel from the Congo to the US in order to attend both the Oscars and the Independent Spirit Awards.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2013 2:03 PM
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'Blancanieves' Leads Spanish Goya Awards, Bayona Takes Best Director for 'Impossible'

The Spanish Film Academy’s Goya Awards were announced, and Pablo Berger’s "Blancanieves" (a twist on the Snow White fairytale) took Best Picture and nine other awards. Juan Antonio Bayona won Best Director for "The Impossible," but handed the award over to María Belón at the awards ceremony..
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 19, 2013 1:37 PM
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Oscar Q & A: Meet Tom Van Avermaet, Director of Darkly Glimmering Short 'Death of a Shadow' (TRAILER)

Of all the Oscar-nominated shorts, Tom Van Avermaet's gorgeous "Death of a Shadow" occupies the most complex and entrancing alternative reality. Matthias Schoenaerts ("Rust and Bone") plays Nathan Rijckx, a deceased WWI soldier stuck in a limbo where an intricate steam-punk machine selects each person's moment of death. He has a second chance at life if he agrees to work for a Grim Reaper figure who collects shadow images of the moment that people die. Rijckx agrees to shoot 10,000 shadows in order to return to life and find the woman he fell in love with at the moment he died.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 18, 2013 2:56 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Assessing the Costume Design Oscar Race, from 'Anna Karenina' to 'Snow White'

This Oscar season is all about evoking power and poetry in the costume designs for frontrunner "Anna Karenina" (Jacqueline Durran), "Les Misérables" (Paco Delgado), "Lincoln" (Joanna Johnston), "Mirror Mirror" (Eiko Ishioka), and "Snow White and the Huntsman" (Colleen Atwood).
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 18, 2013 1:49 PM
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Writers Guild Awards Go to 'Argo,' 'Zero Dark Thirty,' and 'Searching for Sugar Man'

The East Coast WGA Awards show got under way at New York's BB Kings a good hour before the pokey West Coast, and attendees tweeted up a storm. Soon the trades ran with the news that the key film awards had gone to the adapted screenplay for "Argo" and original script for "Zero Dark Thirty." WGA West was still running clips from nominated screenplays like "Silver Linings Playbook" after the winners had been announced ("Argo"'s clip was the WGA joke, natch.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 18, 2013 3:06 AM
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Oscar Watch: Emmanuelle Riva Talks Her Surprise Late-Life Role in 'Amour'; French Veteran Could Beat Lawrence

A seamstress, poet and photographer, Emmanuelle Riva lives alone in Paris. She has enjoyed a long and happy career as a film actress, most notably starring at age 30 in Alain Resnais's 1959 drama "Hiroshima Mon Amour," and working in theater until 2001. "I liked the roles I had both on the stage and in cinema," she wrote me in an email. "My preference is for both. Going from one role to the other is a healthy exercise; no time for them to leave any mark on us. It is others who leave a mark on us. And I don't want to be a prisoner of any part, or to specialize in any genre. I don't want to cultivate my image (how boring!). I would rather always feel the freshness of something newly born."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 17, 2013 7:26 PM
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Awards Watch: Christoph Waltz Kills on SNL, Jacki Weaver on NPR, Ang Lee on Nightline

In the final phase of the Oscar campaign, Christoph Waltz twinkled on SNL last night, in one of the best episodes of the season. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "Django Unchained," Waltz's best sketch of the evening was a send up of Tarantino's "revenge fantasy" with "Djesus Uncrossed." With a million dollar grin on his face, the Austrian actor teased his country a bit in the opening monologue - posted below along with "Djesus."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 17, 2013 3:49 PM
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