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Oscars 2013: The best acceptance speeches, starring Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck & more -- VIDEO

From Christoph Waltz’s surprise Best Supporting Actor win to Ben Affleck’s emotional, heartfelt remarks after Argo snagged Best Picture, last night’s Academy Awards were filled with memorable acceptance speeches — and notable pre-speech journeys to the stage. (How’s your knee, Jennifer Lawrence?)

Relive the night’s best post-win soliloquies below. Think any will eventually reach “You like me! Right now, you like me!” status? READ FULL STORY

EW's Jess Cagle goes backstage with Oscar winners -- VIDEO

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What were Oscar winners Anne Hathaway, Adele, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Affleck, Grant Heslov, and George Clooney thinking when they heard their names announced at last night’s ceremony? EW managing editor Jess Cagle was on the scene to find out — thankfully, with a video camera in tow.

Watch below to see his backstage interviews with some of the night’s biggest winners — and don’t forget that if you missed the show, you can watch the whole thing on ABC.com, the ABC Player for iOS, and Hulu Plus through Wednesday night.

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

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prize_fighter1_bannerFrom 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 ways than just the movie …

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Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and 'Les Mis' cast to sing at Oscars

In addition to musical performances by Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones, and Barbra Streisand — and a closing musical number from Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth — Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced the names of the actors involved in the show’s live Broadway tribute, which will spotlight Chicago, Dreamgirls, and Les Misérables.

The actors involved have all starred in big-screen adaptations of the three featured musicals, including Jennifer Hudson from Dreamgirls; Catherine Zeta-Jones from Chicago; and Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham Carter from this year’s Les Misérables.

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'Les Miserables' sets Blu-ray release date -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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What exactly is it about Les Misérables? Has any musical ever been so beloved? Based on Victor Hugo’s 19th-century novel, the stage musical about the redemption of prisoner Jean Valjean ran on Broadway for 16 years beginning in 1987 and was a worldwide sensation. Director Tom Hooper’s ambitious film adaptation has been a spectacular popular and critical success, grossing more than $144 million at the box office and earning eight Oscar nominations, including a nod for Best Supporting Actress frontrunner, Anne Hathaway. Fans of the musical flocked to theaters to watch Hugh Jackman’s heroic Valjean joust with Russell Crowe’s devious Javert, to see Hathaway sing the heartbreaking “I Dreamed a Dream,” and to vicariously stand atop the barricades on the eve of France’s 1832 revolution. On March 22, the experience comes home when Les Misérables arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand.

Click below for an exclusive trailer for the new Blu-ray. READ FULL STORY

Oscars luncheon on-the-scene: Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Hugh Jackman, and more

Before the 160 expected guests of honor could bite into their burrata arugula canapés and miso-marinated, pistachio-crusted sea bass fillets at the annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in the Beverly Hilton ballroom on Monday, a handful of nominated actors and filmmakers dropped by the press room to talk about their celebrated projects, awards season experiences, people they’d like to work with, and big night fashion plans. There were moments of gratitude, plenty of jokes and even, in the case of Amy Adams, accidental musical accompaniment and spontaneous dancing.

Read on to see the best of what was said behind the scenes:
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'Argo' wins ensemble prize at SAG Awards

prize_fighter1_bannerAfter losing a key Oscar nomination, Argo continues its run of winning every other top prize.

The film claimed the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble on Sunday, giving it yet another top prize as it heads into the Feb. 24 Oscars. The night before, it claimed the Producers Guild Award for Best Production. READ FULL STORY

Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Justin Timberlake among presenters at SAG Awards

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have announced the first round of presenters, and rest assured, it’s a star-studded affair.

The full lineup consists of current awards season darlings Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, and Jennifer Lawrence — all of whom are currently nominated for SAG awards — as well as former SAG nominees Viola Davis, Justin Timberlake, and Sigourney Weaver.

The SAG Awards ceremony will air on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. ET, and televised on TNT and TBS.

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Casting Net: Bradley Cooper attached to WWI thriller 'Dark Invasion.' Plus: Anne Hathaway, Jerry Lewis, Billy Campbell

• Bradley Cooper is attached to produce and star in Dark Invasion, a historical thriller about the effort to stop a crew of German spies sent to the U.S. in 1915 to keep it out of joining World War I. Cooper would play a New York police captain assigned to lead the effort. The story is based on an unpublished non-fiction book by Howard Blum, aiming to arrive in bookstores on the freighted date of Sept. 11, 2013. [Deadline]

• Anne Hathaway is set to star in a modern-day version of William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, because after singing live in one take, what other challenge is there than tackling the language of the Bard? Abi Morgan (The Iron LadyShame) is penning the script. No director is yet attached. [TheWrap]

• Legendary funnyman Jerry Lewis will star in Max Rose, his first feature film since 1995. Lewis will play a jazz pianist who suspects his wife of over 50 years was unfaithful just days before she dies, and finds himself revisiting figures from his past. Kevin PollakClaire Bloom (The King’s Speech), Kerry Bishe (Argo), and old-school comedian Mort SahlDaniel Noah (Twelveis directing from his script. [Deadline]

Billy Campbell (AMC’s The Killing) has signed up for the romantic comedy 10 Things I Hate About Life, as the affluent father of a budding musician (Thomas McDonnellFun Size) who falls for a young woman (Evan Rachel Wood) after they both meet on the same bridge where they plan to kill themselves. Gil Junger (Black Knight, the unrelated 10 Things I Hate About You) is directing from his script. [THR]

• Recording artist and budding actor Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi (HBO’s How to Make It in America) has joined the cast of the videogame adaptation Need for Speed, as the the best friend of a man (Aaron Paul) racing across the country bent on revenge. Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots costar. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is directing from a script by John Gatins (Flight) and George Gatins. [Deadline]

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Critics' Choice Awards: 'Argo,' 'Silver Linings Playbook' big winners

At least the critics still love him! On the same day he was snubbed of an Oscar nomination, Ben Affleck took home the Best Director award at the Critics’ Choice Awards for Argo, which also won Best Picture.

The rest of the honorees — held by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest critics group in the country — were made up of newly-minted Oscar nominees like Daniel Day-Lewis (Best Actor for Lincoln), Jessica Chastain (Best Actress for Zero Dark Thirty), Anne Hathaway (Best Supporting Actress for Les Misérables) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Best Supporting Actor for The Master).

The cast of Silver Linings Playbook won the Ensemble award, and Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis received Best Young Actor/Actress.

Judd Apatow, the writer-producer-director of This is 40, won the somewhat tongue-in-cheek Louis XIII Genius Award for “an unprecedented demonstration of excellence in the cinematic arts.”

Movie fans, meanwhile, were invited to vote for their favorite film franchise for this year’s awards, and they chose Twilight over the likes of Batman, Harry PotterJames Bond, and Star Wars.

Check out the full list of winners below:  READ FULL STORY

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