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Oscars 2014: Bill Murray pays touching tribute to Harold Ramis

Bill Murray, making a rare Oscar appearance less than a week after the death of Harold Ramis, made a poignant shout-out to his old friend while presenting the award for Best Cinematography. After announcing the nominees, Murray added, “Oh, we forgot one. Harold Ramis for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Groundhog Day.”

The audience applauded warmly, Murray apologized — needlessly — for stealing the moment, and then the prize was awarded to Gravity‘s Emmanuel Lubezki, who won for the first time after six nominations.

Murray and Ramis knew each other before they were famous, coming up together in the Chicago comedy scene and then working together in New York. Ramis would co-write Animal House, and then join Murray behind the scenes of Meatballs, Caddyshack, and Stripes, the latter two which he directed. They co-starred in Ghostbusters, and then made Groundhog Day together in 1993. Ramis was never nominated for an Oscar, but his Groundhog Day script, which he co-wrote with Danny Rubin, won the BAFTA Award.

Oscars 2014: Lupita Nyong'o wins Best Supporting Actress

Lupita Nyong’o, costar of 12 Years a Slave, won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Eloquent as always, she thanked both her family and the Yale School of Drama for what they’ve taught her, saluted the spirit of Patsy (her role) and thanked Solomon Northup for telling his story as well as hers, and said that when she looks at the golden statue it will remind her that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.

The film was the first for Nyong’o, who told EW on the BAFTAs red carpet that Ralph Fiennes is immensely proud of her success. She was a runner on the Kenyan shoot for his 2005 film The Constant Gardener and used to fret how much she was annoying him ferrying him back and forth to the set.

She’s currently in theaters in Non-Stop, the weekend’s No. 1 movie.

And just for fun, here’s a .gif of her win!

Jared Leto wins Best Supporting Actor at the 2014 Oscars

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Jared Leto won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a transgender AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club. In his first role in nearly six years, Leto dominated the pre-Oscar prizes and was a heavy favorite to win. Leto thanked his mother, who raised him and his older brother alone, and then spoke to the dreamers watching at home in such trouble spots as Ukraine and Venezuela. He closed with reminding the audience of the 36 million people who have lost the battle with AIDS and the millions of people who fight courageously every day to be different and to be themselves.

Oscars 2014: Watch a live-stream of the red carpet!

Oscar night brings all the biggest celebrities in all the best (and sometimes worst) outfits. Watch the stars arriving at the 86th annual Academy Awards below! READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: And the winners are ...

12 Years a Slave won the big prize of the night, but Gravity took home the most awards overall with seven.

Slave, the historical drama based on the true story of Solomon Northup, took home Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (for Lupita Nyong’o), and Best Adapted Screenplay (for John Ridley).

Meanwhile, Gravity earned honors for Alfonso Cuaron (Best Director), Best Original Score, Best Film Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.

Including Nyong’o, the acting awards went as predicted, with Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), and Jared Leo (Dallas Buyers Club) won for Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.

Complete winners list below: READ FULL STORY

Independent Spirit Awards 2014: The winners list

The Independent Spirit Awards were handed out on the beach in Santa Monica, California, on Saturday, and 12 Years a Slave emerged the big winner, taking home five awards, including the top prize of Best Feature.

Dallas Buyers Club dominated the acting categories, with Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both winning, while Cate Blanchett continued her apparent path to the Best Actress Oscar, collecting yet another prize for Blue Jasmine.

Read below for all the winners, and watch the show at 10 p.m ET on IFC: READ FULL STORY

Oscar Documentary Shorts: Meet 'The Lady in Number 6'

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Come Oscar season, all cinephiles are ready to campaign for their favorite film. Are you Team Gravity or Team 12 Years a Slave? Jennifer Lawrence or Lupita Nyong’o? While movie fans have likely seen all the big nominees by this point, there are smaller categories where even some film enthusiasts may not be as well-versed.  Leading up to the Oscars, EW will tell you all about one often-overlooked category: Best Documentary Short. Come back each day this week for a look at one of the nominees, and impress your Oscar party with your knowledge when the category appears on Sunday’s broadcast.

Today: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, directed by Malcolm Clarke

The real surprise of The Lady in Number 6 might be that Alice Herz Sommer’s story hadn’t been told before. A London concert pianist and oldest living survivor of the Holocaust, the film easily could have been depressing, but the optimistic Sommer’s account of her long, extraordinary life instead is at times thrilling, incredible, cheery and miraculous. The fact that at 109 she was still able to recall so many historical events and was willing to share her experiences is something to behold.

Director Malcolm Clarke’s interview with EW took place last week. Unfortunately, this past weekend Sommers passed away at the age of 110 — an inevitability Clarke knew he was facing when filming.

“We had to move very quickly, Clarke explained. “Alice was not young when I met her, I think she was 107 when I met her. Any 107 year old, even if they’re very healthy, they are clearly closer to the end of their life than the beginning of their life and so we wanted to get  this woman on film while she was still healthy and sprightly and chipper. We did it as fast as we could. No one got paid, it was a labor of love for everyone, it was actually pretty much everyone who had worked on Prisoner of Paradise came back and gave their services, you know, gratis, so we could get the movie quickly and get her on film while she was still alive.”

Read on for more of EW’s Q&A with Clarke about the film. READ FULL STORY

Oscars supercut: Relive some of the best opening-number moments -- VIDEO

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We all know Ellen DeGeneres loves to dance — she even led a whole chorus full of tuxedo-clad dancers for her first Oscar promo. But will the comedian join the likes of former Oscar hosts like Seth MacFarlane, Hugh Jackman, and Billy Crystal, who all started the show with a little musical salute? Well, we will have to wait until Sunday night for that answer, but in the meantime, enjoy this clip of some of our favorite moments from past Academy Award opening numbers. And thanks again, Seth, for the EW shout-out in your number. We’ve already decided that when you host the Oscars again in 2018 it will be the best ever! READ FULL STORY

Oscars to stream online for the first time

TV isn’t the only place you’ll be able to watch the Oscars come Sunday: In a first-time move, ABC will stream the entire Oscars pre-show and awards show on their app, Watch ABC. Those with compatible TV subscriptions, like Comcast and AT&T U-Verse, will have access to the streaming services both online and on their phones or tablets. In addition to being able to watch the event live the whole night — from the pre-show to Jimmy Kimmel’s post-Oscars live show — viewers will also be able to re-watch everything Oscars on the Watch ABC app until March 5.

Oscar Documentary Shorts: Go inside 'Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall'

Come Oscar season, all cinephiles are ready to campaign for their favorite film. Are you Team Gravity or Team 12 Years a Slave? Jennifer Lawrence or Lupita Nyong’o? While movie fans have likely seen all the big nominees by this point, there are smaller categories where even some film enthusiasts may not be as well-versed. Leading up to the Oscars, EW will tell you all about one often-overlooked category: Best Documentary Short. Come back each day this week for a look at one of the nominees, and impress your Oscar party with your knowledge when the category appears on Sunday’s broadcast.

Today: Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall, by Edgar Barens

There are many problems facing America’s prisons and prisoners. But while some are well-documented, there is the matter of what exactly happens to the inmates as they grow older and die that remains a little-discussed issue. The fact that there is no larger conversation being had about how we as a society deal with our aging prison population is part of what motivated Edgar Barens to takes viewers inside the Iowa State Penitentiary  — one of America’s oldest maximum security prisons — and tell the story of the final months in the life of a terminally ill prisoner, Jack Hall, and the hospice volunteers (who are also prisoners), who help him.

“We have 1800 correctional facilities in this country,” Barens explained to EW. “75 of those have hospice programs. Of those 75 only like 20 use prisoners as hospice volunteers like my film shows. These prisoners are trained, they go through a 14-week hospice training much like people on the outside. These guys did the same thing. People came into the prison and taught them everything they needed to know about end of life care. So these guys are as prepared to deal with death as we are on the outside if we’d been trained.” READ FULL STORY

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