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Oscars 2013: EW's no-nonsense Prize Fighter analysis of early contenders '12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity,' more ...

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The Toronto International Film Festival unofficially kicks off the Oscar race each year as the best-of-the-best line up for their shot at awards glory – and the movie-fan attention (and ticket sales) that inevitably accompanies it.

Right now, we’re six months away from the March 2 Academy Awards, any film can still pull ahead or fall back. But as the Toronto festival draws to a close this weekend, it’s clear which films will rank among the fiercest competitors. READ FULL STORY

Jeff Bridges talks about this summer's supernatural action-comedy 'R.I.P.D.' (and why 'the Dude' would enjoy it)

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Jeff Bridges is best known for appearing in dramas such as 2009′s Crazy Heart, which garnered the actor an Oscar, and the Coen brothers’ 1998 noir-stoner comedy classic The Big Lebowski, which garnered him an army of “Duderino”-quoting fans. But Bridges’ filmography also features a surprisingly large amount of sci-fi and fantasy movies, including 1976′s King Kong remake, 1984′s Starman,  the two Tron movies,  the first Iron Man film, and now this summer’s Robert Schwentke-directed R.I.P.D., in which he and Ryan Reynolds play dead, but still extremely active, law enforcers.

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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

Oscars 2013: The full winners list

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.

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Catching up with Sacheen Littlefeather, 40 years after her controversial brush with Oscar history

It was one of the most memorable moments in the history of the Academy Awards—and one of the most controversial: Awarded the Best Actor Oscar for his instantly iconic performance as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather in 1973, Marlon Brando sent an unknown 26-year-old Native American activist and aspiring actress named Sacheen Littlefeather up to the stage to refuse the statuette on his behalf. As the stunned audience erupted with a confused mix of boos and applause, Littlefeather explained that Brando was regretfully turning down the award to protest “the treatment of American Indians today by the film industry” and the ongoing siege of 200 American Indian Movement activists by armed authorities in Wounded Knee, S.D. “I beg at this time that I have not intruded upon this evening,” she concluded before leaving the stage, “and that we will, in the future, our hearts and our understandings will meet with love and generosity.” READ FULL STORY

Oscar analysis: Bad day for 'Argo,' 'Les Mis' and 'Zero Dark Thirty'

prize_fighter1_bannerYou could hear the gasp when Benh Zeitlin’s name was read. It reverberated throughout Hollywood, which has to feel good if you’re the first-time feature director.

Even he didn’t expect himself to get a nomination. “For director, I honestly didn’t think there was any possibility that that was going to happen,” he told EW’s Karen Valby this morning. “And I thought they’d finished announcing the names so I wasn’t even nervous. … I just sort of tuned out and then I just heard my name out of the back of my head and I went into a black-out.”

If you’re three particular veteran directors … it didn’t feel quite so great.

The Beasts of the Southern Wild director wasn’t considered a favorite at all for a best director nomination … And where was Argo‘s Ben Affleck, Zero Dark Thirty‘s Kathryn Bigelow, and Les Miserables‘ Tom Hooper?

The directing category provided the most shocks, differing from the Directors Guild Awards contenders not just by one (which is typical) but by three. The other two surprises in addition to Zeitlin: Silver Linings Playbook‘s David O. Russell and Amour‘s Michael Haneke.

Here’s a breakdown of how some of the top categories shook out: READ FULL STORY

First Oscars: Academy hopefuls turn out at honorary Governors Awards

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Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic; Krista Kennell/AFP/Getty Images

Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic; Krista Kennell/AFP/Getty Images

“This is kind of amazing,” legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker said, looking down at his honorary Oscar. “I mean, everybody here probably has one of these already.”

A nervous ripple of laughter went through the ballroom.  Actually, many people were at the Academy’s Governors Awards because they don’t — but want one.

The four-year-old event, which presents lifetime achievement Oscars to deserving individuals, has become a prime campaign spot for those hoping to persuade members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to vote for them.

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'Les Miserables': Five new clips from the musical -- VIDEO

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In a sign of extreme confidence after preview screenings sent its Oscar potential skyrocketing, the makers of Les Miserables have released five extended clips from the upcoming musical, which is sure to boost enthusiasm among moviegoers eager for its Christmas Day debut.

In an earlier trailer, we’ve already heard much of Anne Hathaway’s crushing rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream,” a number that is largely responsible making her the frontrunner for Best Support Actress. But these new clips tend not to be the big hit solos.

Instead, they are mostly ensemble numbers, emphasizing the musical dialogue between characters. That decision is clearly aimed at introducing those less familiar with Les Mis to the fact that it is not just a musical, but all singing.

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Anthony Hopkins on awards campaigning: 'It's disgusting to behold.'

Backslapping season?

Anthony Hopkins considers it backside-kissing season. And he has no intention of doing it.

The star of Hitchcock, who is contending in the crowded Best Actor field this year, has given a lively interview to The Huffington Post’s Christopher Rosen in which he not only slams the politicking of awards season, but takes a not-so-veiled shot at Lincoln‘s Daniel Day-Lewis, who is likely to win this year.

When Joaquin Phoenix characterized award season as “total, utter bullsh-t” a few weeks ago, I wrote that it may actually have helped his chances by criticizing the glad-handing process, which many in the Academy agree can be a bit of a slog. Hopkins is even more blunt.

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'Lincoln': On eve of presidential election, the political drama's rousing new trailer

“You will procure me these votes.”

Rousing words on the eve of the U.S. presidential election, spoken with grit and a little bit of menace by a historical figure widely regarded as our greatest commander in chief. This new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, opening Friday, was created for an international audience, but it speaks directly to Americans about another time when we were deeply,  even violently, divided against each other.

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