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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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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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Talking the 'Bad Grandpa' Makeup with Oscar-Nominated Stephen Prouty

So will the Oscar for best makeup and hairstyling go to Stephen Prouty for his impressive transformation of Johnny Knoxville's hysterical and horny 86-year-old Irving Zisman in "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa"? It's a triumph of old school craft, which required a complete re-imagining to believably pull it off and provide Knoxville with better flexibility for his comedic turn.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 25, 2014 2:57 PM
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Oscar Roundup: Anthony Lane and Breznican Weigh In, A.O. Scott on DiCaprio, Gurus o' Gold Predictions and More

With the Academy Awards only a week away, Oscar-related stories, predictions and picks are reaching a fever pitch. Below, a roundup of all 11th hour Oscar buzz.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 24, 2014 4:26 PM
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Talking 'Grandmaster' Costume Design with Oscar-Nominated William Chang

William Chang is certainly "The Grandmaster" of production/costume design and editing in terms of his long-time collaboration with director Wong Kar-wai. And even though he's received his first Oscar nomination for costume designing the lyrical Ip Man martial arts extravaganza, you can't separate his contribution to the overall look and editorial style of the movie.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 24, 2014 2:04 PM
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Holocaust Survivor and Subject of Oscar Nominated Short Doc Alice Herz-Sommer Has Died at 110

Sadly, 110-year-old Alice Herz-Sommer, subject of the Oscar nominated short documentary "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" died on the morning of February 23, just a week before the film about her extraordinary life heads to the Academy Awards. Herz-Sommer was the oldest living Holocaust survivor.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 24, 2014 1:27 PM
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Complete List of Oscar Presenters Unveiled, Includes Sidney Poitier, Bill Murray and More UPDATED

UPDATE: The full list of Oscar presenters has been unveiled for this Sunday's Academy Awards. Check out the list, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 24, 2014 11:30 AM
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Anatomy of a Scene: Revisiting 'Hang Me' from 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

The opening of "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a remarkable achievement: It not only sets the melancholy mood of Greenwich Village in '61 with the eponymous singer (Oscar Isaac) performing "Hang Me, Oh Hang Me" at the iconic Gaslight, but it also sets us up for a confusing circular odyssey. I got the lowdown on the Coen brothers' bizarre tale about folk music with the Oscar nominated cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel and sound mixer Skip Lievsay (also nominated for "Gravity").
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 21, 2014 2:03 PM
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