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Oscar Roundup: Dawn Hudson and Billy Crystal Talk, Why Deadline Ran Sacha Baron Cohen Story, People Mag Cashes in on Red Carpet

The Hollywood Reporter sat down with Academy chief executive Dawn Hudson to discuss critics, the Brett Ratner backstory, and tackle the white-male rap. The interview is available to subscribers only, but THR posted a brief lead-in. MediaBistro did post a juicy quote about what Hudson sees as her biggest challenge:
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • February 23, 2012 4:01 PM
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Oscars 2012: Tony Bennett Will Perform at The Governors Ball

After the Oscar show, while the 1,500 guests of the Governors Ball will not be sitting down to dinner--the Academy is feting them buffet style this year--they will be treated to a performance by music legend Tony Bennett. Academy president Tom Sherak calls the 85-year-old crooner "that rare artist who truly reaches across generations. Welcoming him to the Ball is an honor and privilege." More on Bennett below (along with a video of him singing with Norah Jones):
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 23, 2012 1:30 PM
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And the 2012 Oscar Presenters Are...Funny (UPDATED)

Take a look at the stars lined up to present at the 84th Academy Awards on February 26. Clearly, the latest additions are taking this year's show in a comedy direction...
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • February 23, 2012 1:28 PM
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HBO Docs President Sheila Nevins Talks West Memphis Three, New Oscar Rules, Sundance, Abramovic

HBO Documentary Films czar Sheila Nevins is a force to be reckoned with. After 30 years in the entertainment industry, she knows how to adapt. I sat down with her at the Sundance Film Festival to talk about HBO's Sundance docs as well as ongoing changes in Oscar doc rules.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 22, 2012 3:47 PM
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Watch: The Best Kisses From Best-Picture Winners

The Huffington Post and Moviefone have culled the best kisses from Best Picture winners, from "Casablanca" to "Titanic," and many in-between. Even "American Beauty"'s tryst between Kevin Spacey and Mena Suvari made the cut. Watch below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 4:04 PM
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Oscars 2012: The Parties

Oscar week means Oscar parties, all culminating with the Governor's Ball after the Awards show on February 26 and the after-after parties to follow. This year the Ball will be a stand-up party, not a sit-down dinner, much to the chagrin of the heel-wearing half of the crowd.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 3:41 PM
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Oscar Etiquette, With Mike Meyers and Kevin Kline

Oscars weigh 8.5 pounds. And it takes skill to care for one. Watch Mike Meyers instruct Kevin Kline on Oscar Etiquette here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 2:58 PM
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McQueen on Fassbender's 'Shame' Snub: Americans Are 'Too Scared of Sex'

If you wondered why Michael Fassbender was passed over for an Oscar nod this year, his "Shame" director has the answer. "In America they're too scared of sex, that's why he wasn't nominated," he told The Press Association. (Fassbender was also snubbed for well-reviewed performances in "A Dangerous Method" and "Jane Eyre.")
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 2:45 PM
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Oscar Watch: Parsing the Best Actor Race, the Toughest to Call

In a year when the Oscar winners are looking all-too predictable, thank God for the Best Actor race. If anyone tells you they know with certainty who will take home the Oscar Sunday night, they don't know what they are talking about.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 21, 2012 1:43 PM
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Keeping Hope -- and Magic -- Alive as the Curtain Falls on Awards Season

The magic of movies hasn't gone anywhere, but disillusionment comes with that dream. We all have to grow up, and for some of us that means having to learn that movie magic -- like all magic -- looks different from behind the curtain.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 10:00 AM
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