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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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WATCH: Audrey Hepburn's Oscar Acceptance Speech for 'Roman Holiday,' with Presenters Gary Cooper and Donald O'Connor

As we prepare for an evening filled with Oscar acceptance speeches on Sunday, take a look at Audrey Hepburn's genuinely grateful, concise and endearing words of acceptance for her Best Actress win in 1953's "Roman Holiday." The presenter onstage is Donald O'Connor (he of limber legs in "Singing in the Rain"), while Gary Cooper, on location at a film set in Mexico, reads the nominees. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 28, 2014 2:46 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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$50,000 Alfred P. Sloan Student Screenwriting Prize Goes to 'Survival of the Fittest,' by UCLA's Laura Alsum

The Tribeca Film Institute has revealed the recipient of the 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Student Grand Jury Prize for Screenwriting. “Survival of the Fittest” by Laura Alsum, a UCLA film student, was selected as winner from the science-themed scripts submitted by six leading film schools participating in Sloan’s National Film Program.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 27, 2014 12:52 PM
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Why the Oscar Box Office Slump? It's Not What You Think

When the Academy decided to extend the list of Best Picture contender to up to 10 (the last three years have had nine), one of the goals was to open up the competition to more widely-seen films. The studios have fallen in line, and one result has been more studio films in the mix, particularly some released at year's end.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • February 25, 2014 5:12 PM
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