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Holocaust survivor Alice Herz Sommers, subject of Oscar-nominated doc, dies at 110

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Alice Herz Sommers, the woman featured in the 2014 Oscar-nominated documentary short The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, passed away Sunday at the age of 110.

Sommers was the world’s oldest living Holocaust survivor. The Lady in Number 6 told the story of her life, focusing on the uplifting effect piano playing had on both her spirit and those around her.

“Telling Alice’s story was a life-changing experience for everyone who worked  on the film,” director Malcolm Clark and producer Nick Reed said in a statement to EW. “Even as her energy slowly diminished, her bright spirit never faltered. Her life force was so strong we could never imagine her not being  around. We are so proud to been so fortunate to capture Alice’s  lessons for all the generations to come. We can all learn so much from this most amazing woman.”

Watch a trailer for The Lady in Number 6 below.

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Oscars luncheon, On the Scene: Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, and Amy Adams' best quotes of the day

On March 2, the film industry’s highest honors will be handed out, and the line between winners and losers will be clearly drawn. But on Monday, in the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s Ballroom, everyone was still a winner as more than 150 Oscar nominees assembled for the annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills.

“It’s very exciting [to be here]. I feel like I am a part of a community,” said Best Supporting Actress nominee June Squibb (Nebraska), who was the first familiar face to grace the press room with her smiling and grateful presence. “Those of us lucky enough to be nominated are gathering to celebrate together.”

She was one of several of the more familiar nominated faces to drop by the press-conference style proceedings, which were so simple, courteous, and peaceful that Gravity gal Sandra Bullock quipped, “This is so civil. I’m uncomfortable.”

Read on for other memorable moments and quotes from the event:
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Watch Ellen DeGeneres get 'played off' in new Oscars promo

Ellen DeGeneres’ latest Oscars promo pokes fun at those winners who take just a little too long thanking the Academy in their acceptance speeches.

In the short promo clip below, Ellen attempts to thank the Academy for asking her to host the Oscars for the second time but abruptly gets played off by the background music before she can finish up her speech. Watch Ellen’s new promo below:
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Oscars 2014: '12 Years a Slave' director Steve McQueen is 'exhilarated, ecstatic' over nine noms

Waking up to nine Oscar nominations is a good way to start your day, even if you are thousands of miles away from your family. Such was the case for Steve McQueen on Thursday morning when his harrowing drama 12 Years a Slave earned nine Academy Award nominations, including nods for Best Picture and Best Director, and acting recognition for his three leads: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’o.

“I am exhilarated, ecstatic,” he told EW via phone. “Getting all those nominations, I’m so very happy.”

While the British director admits that he finds the promotional duties that accompany a movie of this subject matter and pedigree grueling, he has been energized by the quality of the discussions that have followed the screenings he’s attended.

“The subject matter conjures up such an interesting debate with the audience that every Q&A has been like a town hall meeting in a way,” McQueen said. “Everyone is talking about the past, present, and future. It’s become much more social and much more passionate in a way. We made a film that was based in 1851, but it’s actually talking about what’s happening today, so it’s been immensely stimulating.”
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Oscars 2014: And the nominees are...

Want to know who will be competing for little gold men at the 86th annual Academy Awards? You’re in the right place! We’ll be posting all the nominees here; keep refreshing to see a full list. UPDATE: Find a complete list of nominees below. American Hustle and Gravity are tied for the most nods with 10 apiece; 12 Years a Slave is close behind with nine nominations total.

Best Picture
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

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Oscars 2014: Watch the nominations live! VIDEO

Judgment day is upon us. At precisely 8:38 a.m. ET, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — via the beautiful mouth of announcer Chris Hemsworth — will reveal which filmmakers, performers, and other creative types will be up for Oscars at this year’s 86th Academy Awards.

Want to watch the magic happen? Simply tune in by watching a live stream of the nominations announcement, which you’ll find below the jump.
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Ellen's sitting pretty in official Oscars poster

Yep, we’re really in the thick of awards stew: The Golden Globes take place this Sunday. The SAG Awards are next Saturday. The Producers Guild Awards are the day after that, followed six days later by the Directors Guild Awards. And just a few weeks later, everything will build to a fever pitch when we finally reach the season’s biggest, glitziest event: the BAFTAs.

Just kidding! (Unless you happen to be reading this from the U.K., in which case… I’m still just kidding.) I’m speaking, of course, about the 86th Annual Academy Awards, which will be helmed by repeat host Ellen DeGeneres. And just to stoke your excitement further, the Academy has just released the show’s first official poster — featuring a relaxed, smiley DeGeneres wearing a snazzy tux and hanging with her pal Oscar. As she told her pal Justin Timberlake via Twitter:

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Werner Herzog talks about acclaimed doc 'The Act of Killing' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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In the documentary The Act of Killing, Indonesian death squad members are persuaded to recreate atrocities they committed during the ’60s as if they were acting in Hollywood movies. As compelling as it is disturbing the Drafthouse Films release is on the Oscars shortlist for best documentary feature and just this weekend shared the best non-fiction film trophy with At Berkeley at the National Society of Film Critics Awards.

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Oscar nominations voting begins

Voting begins Dec. 27 for 2014′s Academy Awards nominees. Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are invited to cast secret ballots for their favorite film work from the past year until Jan. 8, 2014.

The academy is offering electronic voting for the second consecutive year. It announced last week that 289 feature films are eligible for best-picture consideration.

Nominations for the 86th Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 16.

Ellen DeGeneres will host the ceremony when the Oscars are presented on March 2.

Ellen DeGeneres and a sea of tuxes strut to Fitz & The Tantrums in new Oscar promo -- VIDEO

Ellen’s reporting for Oscar hosting duties and it looks like she’s already got her tux ready to go.

In the first promos for the 86th Academy Awards, talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres joins 250 tuxedo-clad dancers in a big lip sync to Fitz & The Tantrum’s new single, “The Walker.” Bridesmaids and The Heat director (and recently admitted Academy member) Paul Feig helmed the flashmob-esque production, choreographed by freestyle dancer Stephen “tWitch” Boss.

How’d Ellen do mastering the cowboy move? Check out the trailer and a behind-the-scenes look at how they pulled off the shoot below:

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