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All About Oscar Winning Animated Short 'Mr. Hublot': Where to Watch, Backstage Interview and More (TRAILER)

The one upset from the 86th Academy Awards was Laurent Witz’s Braziland steampunk gem "Mr. Hublot" besting Mickey Mouse in "Get A Horse!" in the Animated Short category. Want to know more about the surprise Oscar winner? Below, Witz' backstage comments after his win, and what he told me about the film in interviews leading up to the big night. Plus, watch the trailer.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 5, 2014 11:49 AM
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Career Watch: Where Does Oscar-Winner Cate Blanchett Go from Here?

Former USA TODAY film maven Susan Wloszczyna, a contributor/critic for RogerEbert.com, kicks off a new feature that examines the career status of major Hollywood stars. This week: Oscar’s freshly crowned best actress winner Cate Blanchett.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 4, 2014 1:43 PM
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Oscar Talk: The 2014 Oscars, and a Special Announcement

Kris Tapley and I sat down for our final 2014 Oscar Talk podcast. Listen below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 3, 2014 10:00 PM
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Backstage at the 2014 Oscars

As expected, "12 Years a Slave" earned best picture Sunday night at the 86th Academy Awards, while "Gravity" dominated the crafts, winning seven, as well as best director for Alfonso Cuaron. The reverse-engineered blockbuster took home awards for cinematography, VFX, editing, sound editing, sound mixing, and original score.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 3, 2014 5:00 PM
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'12 Years a Slave' Wins Best Picture Oscar, 'Gravity' Takes Seven, 'American Hustle' Shut Out (BACKSTAGE QUOTES, FULL WINNERS LIST)

"Possibility number one, '12 Years a Slave' wins Best Picture. Possibility number two, you're all racists," said Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, returning after seven years, as she ended her opening monologue. Well, the Academy's 6000 voters went with possibility number one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 3, 2014 3:13 PM
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WATCH: Oscar Red Carpet Videos

My first time covering the Oscars red carpet came and went this afternoon, with plenty of adrenaline, jitters, excitement, flusteredness, as well as a solid dose of hurry-up-and-wait.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 3, 2014 1:29 PM
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WATCH: 2014 Oscar Highlights, Plus Whole Show Recapped in Two Minutes (UPDATED VIDEO)

UPDATE: Due to Academy copyright issues, the videos we'd rounded up earlier of acceptance speeches were taken down from YouTube. Instead, watch the AP's highlights compilation from the show, plus "The 86th Academy Awards in Under Two Minutes" below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 3, 2014 11:45 AM
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Oscar Selfie Crashes Twitter, Breaks Retweet Record

One of the genius moments from the 86th Oscars was Ellen DeGeneres collecting multiple attendees into an impromptu Oscar selfie with herself, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Juia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, and Lupita Nyong'o and her brother Junior.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 2, 2014 11:10 PM
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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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