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Oscars 2013: The full winners list

24 February 2013 2:50 PM, PST

Just as viewers seemed divided over Seth MacFarlane’s hosting of this year’s Oscars, so Academy voters were split over the films themselves. Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Amour, Lincoln, and Silver Linings Playbook all scored major awards, with Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis winning the top acting Oscars. But Life of Pi director Ang Lee took home the Best Director prize while Argo won Best Picture. You can check out the full list of winners below.

Best Picture



Beasts of the Southern Wild

Django Unchained

Les Miserables

Life of Pi


Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor

Bradley Cooper, »

- Clark Collis

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Why the Oscar-nominated animated shorts were pulled from YouTube

24 February 2013 2:21 PM, PST

Remember when Cinemark theaters threatened to boycott Tower Heist because it would be available on VOD during its theatrical release? Imagine if a film were available in full, not only on pay-per-view, but online for free during its theatrical release. That’s what happened with this year’s Oscar-nominated animated shorts, which cable channel ShortsHD, in conjunction with the Academy, has been screening around the country since Feb. 1.

After free versions of all five animated shorts cropped up on websites like YouTube and Hulu, theaters showing the films threatened to stop screening the animated slate if the films remained online for free. »

- Emily Rome

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Oscar-nominated cinematographers explain how they envelop you in the story

24 February 2013 1:52 PM, PST

Leading up to tonight’s Oscars, EW.com set out to take a closer look at four categories that moviegoers may mistakenly think of as “technical.” After tackling Film Editing, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing, we conclude with Cinematography, with insights from Anna Karenina’s Seamus McGarvey and Life of Pi’s Claudio Miranda. (Django Unchained’s Robert Richardson, Lincoln’s Janusz Kaminski, and Skyfall’s Roger Deakins complete the category.)

The cinematographer may be in charge of how to technically achieve the shots on a film set — lighting, camera movement, and framing — but what he and the director are »

- Mandi Bierly

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'Beasts of the Southern Wild' breakout Quvenzhane Wallis to star in new big-screen 'Annie'

24 February 2013 12:19 PM, PST

Nine-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild breakout Quvenzhané Wallis may be a long shot to win the Best Actress award at this year’s Oscars, but no matter what happens tonight, you can bet your bottom dollar that the sun will come out tomorrow for the young actress — especially now that she has officially signed on to star in Sony Pictures’ new big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Annie. The fresh take on the beloved tale of the plucky orphan was originally developed by Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment production company and rapper Jay-z’s Marcy Media as a starring vehicle for Smith’s daughter, »

- Josh Rottenberg

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Box office report: 'Identity Thief' steals the No. 1 spot from 'Snitch' with $14.1 million

24 February 2013 10:30 AM, PST

The biggest hit of 2013, Universal’s $35 million comedy Identity Thief, returned to the top spot at the box office in its third weekend. The Melissa McCarthy/Jason Bateman vehicle dipped 41 percent to $14.1 million, lifting its total to a robust $93.7 million. By this time next week, Identity Thief will have swiped over $100 million domestically, which bodes very well for Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming Sandra Bullock collaboration The Heat, due out June 28.

Were Identity Thief not holding so well, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s latest action thriller Snitch could have won the weekend. As things stand, though, it will have to settle »

- Grady Smith

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'Silver Linings Playbook' wins big at Independent Spirit Awards

23 February 2013 4:09 PM, PST

The weekend’s other big movie awards ceremony—the Independent Spirit Awards—was held this afternoon in Santa Monica, Calif., with Andy Samberg on board as host. The big winner was David O. Russell’s romantic dramedy Silver Linings Playbook, which took home four prizes: best feature, best director, best actress, and best screenplay. But there was plenty of love spread around the year’s top indies. Here’s the full list of winners:

Best Feature

Beasts of the Southern Wild


Keep the Lights On

Moonrise Kingdom

Silver Linings Playbook – Winner

Best Director

Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Ira Sachs, »

- Josh Rottenberg

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Oscar-nominated sound mixers explain what you should (or shouldn't) notice if it's done well

23 February 2013 3:54 PM, PST

Leading up to Sunday’s Oscars, EW.com will take a closer look at four categories that moviegoers may mistakenly think of as “technical.” After tackling Film Editing and Sound Editing, we now turn to Sound Mixing, with insights from nominees from Les Misérables, Skyfall, and Argo. Lincoln and Life of Pi complete the category. (Update: Cinematography completes this series.)

“The biggest misconception about what we do is that most people think it’s technical in nature because there’s intimidating mixing consoles involved. In reality, we are extremely creative in the use of sound to help tell the story, »

- Mandi Bierly

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Martin Freeman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 2013 Oscar nominees honored at Shorts Awards

23 February 2013 2:59 PM, PST

Martin Freeman starred in one of the lengthiest movies of 2012, but Friday night he was honored for his work in films with much shorter runtimes and much smaller budgets than the 169-minute-long Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. At the third annual ShortsHD Shorts Awards, Freeman picked up the Visionary Actor Award.

The English actor has continued to make short films, even after performing in high-profile projects like BBC’s Sherlock and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

“I love doing for the same reason that everyone in this room really likes them – because very often it’s the time that »

- Emily Rome

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'A Good Day to Die Hard' star Jai Courtney on working with Willis, new Andy Whitfield doc

23 February 2013 2:54 PM, PST

Jai Courtney can currently be seen helping save the day as John McClane’s son Jack in action fifthquel  A Good Day to Die Hard. But the Australian had to ruin the day of a planeload of folks — or, at least, mildly inconvenience them — to play Bruce Willis’ offspring. “I was in L.A. boarding a plane home to Australia when my manager called and said I had to get off because they’d like to see  me test with Bruce,” recalls the actor, whose other credits include the Starz show Spartacus: Blood and Sand and last year’s Jack Reacher. »

- Clark Collis

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Box office update: 'Snitch' barely beats 'Identity Thief' with $4.1M on Friday; 'Die Hard' falls hard

23 February 2013 10:43 AM, PST

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s latest action thriller Snitch topped the box office on Friday, but its lead certainly isn’t as solid as a rock.

Snitch scored $4.1 million on opening day, which may lead to a relatively decent $11.5 million frame — though, one that continues the trend of underwhelming returns for male-driven action films in 2013. While Snitch’s debut will pale in comparison to the successful openings of Johnson’s recent ensemble films Fast Five ($86.2 million) and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ($27.3 million), it will be better than his last effort as a leading action star, Faster, which opened with »

- Grady Smith

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Oscar-nominated sound editors explain their key challenges (and the sounds you may not know they create)

22 February 2013 11:23 PM, PST

Leading up to Sunday’s Oscars, EW.com will take a closer look at four categories that moviegoers may mistakenly think of as “technical.” After tackling Film Editing, we turn to Sound Editing, with insights from the nominated supervising sound editors of Argo (Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn), Life of Pi (Eugene Gearty, who shares his nod with Philip Stockton), Django Unchained (Wylie Stateman), and Zero Dark Thirty (Paul N.J. Ottosson). Skyfall’s Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers complete the category. (Update: Read our Sound Mixing and Cinematography pieces.)

Early in his career, Zero Dark Thirty’s »

- Mandi Bierly

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Oscars: 'Les Miserables' cast performing for first time together onstage

22 February 2013 5:38 PM, PST

From stage to screen — and now back again.

Les Miserables fans who’ve longed for the stars of the Oscar-nominated film to join forces in a live performance will see their wish come true this Sunday at the Academy Awards.

At rehearsals for the show Friday, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham Carter took part in a massive production number made up of a medley from the film, including the Oscar-nominated original song “Suddenly.”

They weren’t alone. It was a Les Mis reunion in more »

- Anthony Breznican

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The Weinstein Company picks up Idris Elba Mandela biopic

22 February 2013 5:05 PM, PST

The Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom has found an American distributor in The Weinstein Company. Directed by Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl), the film stars Idris Elba (Luther) as Mandela and Naomie Harris (Skyfall) as his wife Winnie.

The film is based on Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which covers his early life to his political ascendance. Producer Anant Singh had been trying to get the film made for years. Earlier in the film’s life, Les Miserables director Tom Hooper was attached to the project. He’d gone so far as to meet »

- Lindsey Bahr

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'Star Trek' to 'Star Wars': J.J. Abrams across the universes

22 February 2013 1:17 PM, PST

J.J. Abrams is a man of many enthusiasms, so speaking slowly is generally not his thing. But today the director arrives late for lunch at the dining facility of his company, Bad Robot, in Santa Monica. He’s carrying a plate of pasta, wearing an apologetic expression, and actually searching for words.

“I’m sorry,” he says, by way of an opener. “With today, it’s awkward. Or it’s going to be. Super awkward.”

Abrams is here to discuss Star Trek Into Darkness (out May 17; not yet rated), the 3-D sequel to his 2009 hit Star Trek and an all-but-certain »

- Geoff Boucher

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'Iron Man 3': Check out this poster of Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin

22 February 2013 11:47 AM, PST

We still don’t know very much about the Mandarin, the villain in this summer’s Iron Man 3 played by Ben Kingsley. In the comic books, the character was a Chinese man who variously used alien technology and magic in his ongoing attempts to conquer and/or destroy the world. In a new poster tweeted by Marvel, the Kingsley character certainly looks quite a bit different: He wears the Mandarin’s ten rings, but his outfit sort of suggests Osama Bin Laden going to a Last Emperor theme party. He also has a totally sweet set of shades. Check »

- Darren Franich

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'Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Check out official poster -- Photo

22 February 2013 11:07 AM, PST

Residents of Panem, get ready. The Victory Tour has officially begun.

After winning the 74th annual Hunger Games, it’s only natural that Katniss and Peeta embark on the demanded tour to visit all the districts. And that’s just what the first official poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire depicts. The fun twist is that the poster is actually advertising the Victory Tour as opposed to the movie, something the Hunger Games’ official Facebook page is also playing along with. The Facebook page posted today, “The Capitol proudly announces the victors of the 74th annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen & Peeta Mellark, »

- Erin Strecker

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James Franco is dread-full in new Nsfw trailer for 'Spring Breakers' -- Video

22 February 2013 9:27 AM, PST

Any movie whose first trailer had James Franco declare, “Bikinis and big booties, yo! That’s what life is about!” is a film that is asking for a Nsfw red-band tease. And now Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers — the anything goes “We’re all grown up” romp starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson as girls gone wild — certainly delivers the R-rated goods. There’s a ton of swearing, bikinis, a surprising amount of guns, and some fleeting nudity. And, of course, the video kicks off with another inspiring quote from Franco’s character Alien: “Some kids want to be doctors, »

- Erin Strecker

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'Zero Dark Thirty' banned -- unofficially -- in Pakistan

22 February 2013 8:36 AM, PST

Zero Dark Thirty is set largely in Pakistan — but the citizens of that country largely aren’t able to see how their homeland is depicted in it, unless they can track down a pirated copy of the Oscar-nominated film.

EW has confirmed that Zero Dark Thirty has not been approved by Pakistan’s board of censors, and therefore has not been shown in any of the nation’s few movie theaters that play English-language films. But that’s not the whole story: according to the Associated Press, no distributor has even applied for permission to show Zero Dark Thirty in Pakistan. »

- Hillary Busis

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'Argo' at the Oscars: What its likely triumph is really about

22 February 2013 7:19 AM, PST

You know the old saying about how the best explanation for something is usually the simplest? One could easily apply that to the Academy Awards. After all the politicking, the PR campaigns (Roger Ebert in the Weinstein Co. ads for Silver Linings Playbook: “I sense a groundswell”), the “snubs” and the pendulum swings, an elite handful of movies, actors, and artists behind the camera will emerge as winners on Sunday night, and the reason that each of them will win is (drum roll!)…. the members of the motion picture Academy voted for what they liked best! Period. It’s »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Oscars: Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman return as presenters

22 February 2013 6:47 AM, PST

Heeeeere’s your Oscar!

No, that’s too easy. How about: “I want you to hold this trophy … between your knees.”

Jack Nicholson will serve as a presenter at the Academy Awards this Sunday, ending several years of absence for the man whose sinister grin was a front-row mainstay at the show for decades.

He’s bringing with him another Oscar veteran: Dustin Hoffman.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced the coup this morning as the clock ticks down to Sunday’s show. The two have an in with The Man Who Wears Sunglasses Indoors — they produced his last starring role, »

- Anthony Breznican

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