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The 85th Academy Awards: news from the 2013 Oscars

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It's Oscar season! Prepare yourself for the red carpet, the awards, the speeches, and the inevitable tears with a selection of the best shorts, cinematography, and other news from this year's Academy Awards.

10 updates and 479 comments below.

Feb 25 12:29p

The Onion apologizes for vulgar Oscars tweet targeting nine-year-old actress

The Onion is publicly apologizing for a controversial Oscars tweet that immediately drew a hailstorm of criticism when it was posted last night. On the satire publication's website, CEO Steve Hannah issued a personal apology to nine-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis, star of Beasts of the Southern Wild, for what he deems a "crude and offensive" tweet. "No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire," he said. Hannah also apologized to the Academy...

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5:50a

Watch the Oscars in its entirety on Hulu and ABC

If you missed Sunday night's Oscars ceremony you're in luck, because the show will soon be available in its entirety online. In a press release issued late Sunday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said the ceremony will be available for streaming in the US on Hulu, Hulu Plus, ABC.com, and the ABC Player app. It's scheduled to go live at 6AM ET Monday morning, and will remain online until midnight ET on Wednesday.

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4:37a

How Disney's 'Paperman' turned old school animation into Oscar gold

Disney's Paperman won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film Sunday night, marking a triumph not only for the studio, but for hand-drawn animation — a medium that seemed to be nearing extinction thanks to the rise of Pixar CG marvels like Up and Wall-E. But as director John Kahrs explained in an interview with Fast Company, Paperman isn't just an homage to the animated films of yesteryear; it's a testament to how modern technology can breathe new life into analog formats.

According to Kahrs,...

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2:22a

Google search rankings correctly pick four out of six Oscar winners

With the 85th annual Academy Awards drawing to a close, one question remains — how good of a job did Google’s search popularity do at indicating which films would win? The answer is "pretty good." Of the six awards for which it hazarded a guess, Google correctly predicted four — Best Picture (Argo), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained), and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jennifer Lawrence...

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Feb 24 7:44p

Protests as Oscar-winning 'Life of Pi' VFX studio faces bankruptcy

All eyes are on the Oscars tonight, as Hollywood’s biggest stars make their annual pilgrimage to the Dolby Theatre for a shot at recognition for a job well done. But nearby at Hollywood and Vine, nearly 500 VFX artists have gathered to protest unfair treatment as competitive pressures and international subsidies have lead to a string of studio closings. Reported by FXGuide, the protest is trying to draw more attention to the plight of workers at studios like Rhythm and Hues, the company...

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Feb 23 3:05p

Samsung planning Oscars advertising blitz with six commercials, Tim Burton cameo

After spending big on its star-studded Super Bowl commercial, Samsung is planning to dominate your TV during tomorrow night's Academy Awards. The company has purchased six commercial spots for the Oscars, though you won't be seeing a repeat of the Seth Rogen / Paul Rudd ad. Instead, Samsung intends to tell a running story throughout the evening, with each of the six commercials fitting in as its own piece of the narrative. According to Ad Age, the campaign will follow a video game publisher...

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Feb 22 8:00a

Oscar-nominated shorts pulled from YouTube in response to Hollywood pressure

The five films nominated for the Best Animated Short Film were pulled from the web this week, just days ahead of Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony. The move was reportedly spurred by Carter Pilcher, CEO of distributor Shorts International. In a February 14th letter obtained by Deadline, Pilcher urged the Oscar nominees to remove their works from the internet, arguing that online streaming would result in "significant, if not irreparable damage" to their theatrical release.

In the letter,...

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5:32a

Watch this year's Oscar-nominated cinematography

With no runaway favorite in the running, this year's Academy Awards is shaping up to be among the most intriguing in recent memory. Sunday's event has already sparked plenty of debate over marquee categories like Best Picture and Best Director, but somewhat lost amid the buzz is an equally tight contest for Best Cinematography.

Film critic Kevin B. Lee took a closer look at this category this week, in a video essay for Fandor. The nearly nine-minute clip is composed of two, 90-second scenes...

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Feb 20 2:09p

Google hypes Oscars, predicts winners according to their search popularity

Search popularity doesn't determine results at the Academy Awards, but if it did Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence would be in for a good night come this Sunday. That's according to Google's Oscars portal, which launched today in preparation for Hollywood's biggest night. As you'd expect from the search giant, the site offers a wealth of information about this year's biggest movies and all the stars who delivered unforgettable performances on the big screen. A Google Now-style widget offers...

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Feb 09 11:13p

Watch this year's Oscar contenders for best animated short (update)

2013’s Oscar nominees for Best Animated Short Film are out, and with the exception of Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare,’ they’re all available to watch for free online. You might have already seen a couple of the nominees, like stop-motion artist PES’s eccentric Fresh Guacamole and Disney’s heart-warming Paperman, but they’re up against some tough competition.

Minkyu Lee’s Adam and Dog follows the title dog through a primeval forest, where a chance encounter forges a new friendship....

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Dec 23 1:03p

Filmmakers head to Washington, DC as Oscar politics blur with the real world

Critics and members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are typically the driving force behind a movie’s chance for winning an Oscar. This year, however, politicians in Washington may play a large role due to the detours of the campaigns for Oscar contenders. The New York Times looks at how the senators on Capitol Hill have become involved in discussions about political movies like Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, and Argo, and have drawn filmmakers like Steven Spielberg to...

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