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Oscar Predictions: EW's final forecast for all 24 categories

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There’s no award given for Best Oscar Predictions — and if there were, I’m sure somehow Argo would figure out a way to win that, too.

But we at EW have done our best homework and legwork to try to gauge which films will triumph at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony.

We talked to scores of voters, factored in guild wins and other pre-Oscar prizes, weighed critical assessments, checked our guts, flipped coins, threw darts at a board, prayed to St. Vitriol, patron saint of award season pundits, and watched an octopus and a gorilla repeatedly arm wrestle while they wore top hats emblazoned with the names of the two frontrunners in each category.

Science, baby.

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Give Maggie Simpson an Oscar! Watch nominated short 'The Longest Daycare' -- VIDEO

Can a yellow-skinned, pacifier-loving baby defeat four fierce foes — including a swoon-inducing urban fairy tale from Disney — at the Academy Awards?

We won’t know for sure until Sunday, when this year’s Oscars — including the prize for Best Animated Short Film — are handed out in Los Angeles. In the meantime, audiences can content themselves with watching that baby’s Academy-approved short film on Hulu. “The Longest Daycare” finds mute, cute Maggie Simpson grappling with her unibrowed arch-nemesis at the Ayn Rand School for Tots. Though the David Silverman-directed short originally appeared in 3-D before theatrical screenings of Ice Age: Continental Drift, you’ll have to be satisfied with this two-dimensional rendering:

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'Argo' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' claim Writers Guild awards

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prize_fighter1_bannerArgo continued its domination of award season by claiming one of the last of the pre-Oscar prizes — the Writers Guild Award, where screenwriter Chris Terrio won the honor for adapted screenplay. READ FULL STORY

Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain to grace Oscar stage

The Oscar list of star-studded presenters continues to grow with the addition of nominees Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence — who are not fighting with each other, mind you — and Argo‘s Ben Affleck.

Affleck received an Oscar in 1997 for his work co-writing Good Will Hunting. Chastain was nominated last year for her supporting role in The Help, and Lawrence was nominated in 2010 for her leading role in Winter’s Bone. This year, Chastain and Lawrence are rivals in the Best Actress category, while Affleck’s film is the current frontrunner for Best Picture.

The Academy Awards will air on ABC on Feb. 24.

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Oscars 2013: The few, the proud, the redheaded
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock to present at Oscars

Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock to present at Oscars

EW has confirmed that previous Best Actress Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, and Sandra Bullock will present at this year’s Academy Awards. Witherspoon won in 2005 for Walk the Line, Kidman won for The Hours in 2002, Berry won for Monster’s Ball in 2001, and Bullock won for The Blind Side in 2009.

The Academy Awards will air on ABC Sunday, February 24.

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Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into ‘Lincoln’
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Oscars: ‘Chicago’ cast to reunite as Academy Award presenters

Oscars: 'Chicago' cast to reunite as Academy Award presenters

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The producers of the Oscars telecast have announced the music-heavy Feb. 24 show will feature a reunion of the cast of Chicago. Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, and Catherine Zeta-Jones (who won a supporting actress award for her role in the film) will attend the event as presenters.

It’s no surprise that Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron were able to pull the strings necessary to get them all together again — they served as executive producers of the movie musical, which won Best Picture in 2003. READ FULL STORY

'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

Sundance 2013: 'Fruitvale' takes two major festival prizes

Fruitvale became the first Sundance film to win the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic film since Precious in 2009. First-time director Ryan Coogler was inspired to write the film after 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot in the back and killed by Oakland transit police on New Year’s Day morning 2009. Fruitvale tells the story of Grant’s last 24 hours alive, as he attempts to become a better father, a better boyfriend, and a better son and friend. “It’s about human beings and how we treat each other,” said Coogler, “how we treat people that we love and how we treat people that we don’t know.”

“For anyone out there who thinks for one second that movies don’t matter and can’t make a difference in the world,” juror Tom Rothman said as he announced the winner. “Please welcome — this will not be the last time you guys walk to a podium — Fruitvale.”

Other big winners included Lake Bell, who won a screenwriting award for In a World…, and the documentary Blood Brother, which also doubled with the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. Documentary

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Academy creates new costume designers branch -- BREAKING

prize_fighter1_bannerThere are 15 separate branches within the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but the board of governors for the Oscar organization has decided to separate one more.

Costume Designers will no longer be a part of the overall Designers Branch, which includes art directors, set decorators and production designers, and will instead stand alone as their own entity.

In addition to stronger representation within the Academy, this now means only costume designers will select nominees for that Oscar category, and only those who work on sets will vote for the production design contenders. As part of the same branch, they previously were able to weigh in on the other profession’s fields. (Final voting for winners remained open to the Academy at large.) READ FULL STORY

Oscar broadcast plans tribute to recent movie musicals

prize_fighter1_bannerThis hills won’t come alive with the sound of music, and nobody will be singin’ in the rain, but The Oscars will be dedicating a portion of this year’s ceremony to movie musicals.

The producers of the Feb. 24 show announced today that they are planning a celebration of musical films from the past ten years, an era that starts with one they helped produce themselves — Chicago, which won Best Picture at the 2003 Academy Awards. READ FULL STORY

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