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Oscars 2014: Going the extra mile with the makeup of 'The Lone Ranger'

The Lone Ranger is a film of epic scope. Everything is larger than life. The characters, the set pieces, the costumes, and the makeup are all created to amaze. Spectacle is the point of a summer blockbuster, after all, but it can also be a film’s worst enemy. After its poor showing at the box office, the $215 million film is now best known as one of 2013’s biggest disasters. That stigma is a hard one to shake, and can often poison the perception of both the film as a whole and the individual accomplishments of the production.

Nobody knows this better than makeup head Joel Harlow, who is up for the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar, competing against the seemingly more DIY teams of Dallas Buyers Club and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. To look at the budget and then see how the film looks, it’s easy to assume that Harlow had it easy. “I hear people talking about how they were strapped for money and manpower and I get that, and to look at a movie like this you’d think, ‘Oh, they had every resource in the world,'” Harlow told EW. “We didn’t. For this movie, as big as it is, our core group was five people. We built all the prosthetics ourselves. We were sculpting when we weren’t filming. On the weekends, between shots, between setups, we’d go back to the trailers and sculpt.” READ FULL STORY

Oscars supercut: And the award for best winning moment goes to... -- VIDEO

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What would you do immediately after you won an Oscar? Not sure? Well, apparently neither were some of these past winners. From moments of excitement with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to being reduced to tears like Jennifer Hudson or literally jumping out of your seat like Roberto Benigni, there are many ways to react after hearing your name follow the famous “And the Oscar goes to…” Who knows who will make their moment even more memorable on Sunday after winning, but in the meantime watch our clip of some of the best moments in Oscar acceptance speeches. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: A Vegas oddsmaker ranks the races

Once upon a time, unsuspecting people actually filled out their office Oscar pool ballots based on their favorite movies of the year. (Those poor, uninformed souls!) But now that the Academy Awards are subject to as much speculation as a Triple Crown race, there’s hard data we can all use to our betting advantage — and nobody knows it better than professional oddsmaker R.J. Bell, founder of Pregame.com.

For the past 10 years, Bell has polled betting venues around the world to find out which nominees are favored by the people putting real money on the race. “It’s not any personal opinion on my part; it’s a quantification of the market,” Bell says. His research shows a few movies with commanding leads in their categories: READ FULL STORY

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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Oscar Documentary Shorts: Meet the 'Cavedigger'

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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: Cavedigger, directed by Jeffrey Karoff
Many have a clear-cut idea of what makes a masterpiece artist. They think of Michaelangelo, or Picasso – and probably don’t think of a man who has spent the past 29 years digging elaborate works of art into the inside of caves. But, as the aptly titled Cavedigger shows, works of art by Ra Paulette are exactly what these caves are best described as. Each creation — a cathedral-like art cave in the sandstone cliffs of Northern New Mexico —  takes Paulette years to complete, and each is a masterwork. But Paulette often runs into problems with patrons who have commissioned caves but end the project due to artistic differences.

“I wanted to do something more than make a film that showed or broadcast some artist’s work,” Karoff explained about the film, “I always hope that in art the art speaks for itself. But what I began to understand, when I got to know Ra better, is that the struggle of someone who is obsessive as he is living his dream are real. And they’re substantial.” READ FULL STORY

Who will be presenting at this year's Oscars? More like: Who WON'T be?

Sunday’s Oscar show sounds like it should win an award for Best Ensemble.

Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, the producers of the 86th annual Academy Awards, announced a mega-list of actors this morning who will be handing out awards and helping to introduce segments during the March 2 ceremony.

Some have been already announced, or were winners last year, but among the 46 were some rarities — such as Sidney Poitier, Kim Novak, Bill Murray, Robert De Niro, Jim Carrey, and Harrison Ford. Others include Emma Watson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kevin Spacey, and Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt…

There are too many to single out. See if your favorite is in:

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Oscars 2014: How Steven Price created a 3-D score for 'Gravity'

Steven Price was only supposed to work on Gravity for three weeks.

The team brought him in for a quick fix. There was a screening approaching quickly and the film still didn’t have a score, so they asked Price — best known for his work as a music editor at that point — to come in. “I thought I was going to go in just to kind of help them throw things together,” he told EW. “And then I met Alfonso.” READ FULL STORY

Oscar producers: Hitchockian heroine, and 'new' superhero among Academy Award plans -- EXCLUSIVE

Oscar is holding out for a hero.

The March 2 ceremony will be flexing its muscles this year, with the overall theme being a tribute to movie characters who save the day.

Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan sat down to talk with EW about what they’ve got in store: including an appearance by an iconic Hitchcockian femme fatale, and a tribute to superheroes that they (surprisingly) promise will bring viewers to tears.

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Cate Blanchett: Oscar nominee at a crossroads -- VIDEO

Cate Blanchett never fails to exude grace and class on the big screen (Even her character’s epic meltdown in Blue Jasmine manages to maintain some shred of dignity.) Off screen though, the 44-year old actress is funny and loose. An epic photo shoot for this week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly with fellow nominee, newcomer Lupita Nyong’o only seems to energize her as she heads into the final few weeks of campaigning for the Best Actress prize, which she has pretty much locked up.

The actress, who has been down this path before with five previous nominations and one win for her role as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator, is an old pro but that doesn’t mean she enjoys every moment.

Take the red-carpet shenanigans and her recent outburst on the Golden Globes red carpet when E!’s Glam Cam panned down her dress while they were asking her a question: “What is that?! They say, “So how does it feel to be here?” and they pan the camera down. Hello? With Bradley Cooper and Ben Stiller they keep talking to them face-to-face. Why are you talking to my shoes.”

Blanchett, who will next play Lady Tremaine (The Wicked Stepmother) in Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, has many projects in the hopper, including a script she’s been hoping to direct. Whether or not she steps up to do that is still very much a personal question she hasn’t quite yet answered.

“There is a reason there aren’t more female directors,” she says. “For me it’s that thing of ‘Okay, I do this film, but it’s 18 months of my life, and I have three children. How do I reconcile that?’ I still don’t know. It’s difficult to leap in with both feet when you have primal responsibilities.”

To read more of EW’s interview with Blanchett and Nyong’o pick up the latest issue. And if you want a reminder why Blanchett is nabbing all the accolades on this Oscar run, take a look at this exclusive clip. Just her withering glance alone is reason for celebration. In the scene, Jasmine, fresh into the throes of her descent, is drinking heavily with her new boss, a dentist played by Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) who is completely enamored with her despite her disheveled appearance and weak grasp on reality. READ FULL STORY

Lupita Nyong'o: Oscar nominee talks about her wild ride in the spotlight -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Going from unknown struggling drama school grad to Oscar front-runner in a year and a half would be a tempestuous experience for anyone. But for Lupita Nyong’o, who is nominated in the supporting actress category for her role as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, her Oscar campaign run has been an example of grace and gratitude. From the endless screenings and press events to the numerous awards shows and appearances, the Mexico-born Kenyan is an equal measure of confidence and humility.

“I didn’t know there was an awards season before I started this thing,” says Nyong’o during a candid chat with fellow nominee and Oscar veteran Cate Blanchett. “All of it is a first for me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s got a culture of its own.”

For Nyong’o, who happily shared a plate of sushi with Blanchett following an energetic cover shoot for this week’s Entertainment Weekly, stepping onto the set of Steve McQueen’s harrowing slave drama was an exercise in self-confidence. The actress, chosen after the British director looked at close to 1,000 women, had experience on the stage and even writing and directing her own documentary but had never worked on a movie set, except as a production assistant on the 2005 drama The Constant Gardener.

“It was very stressful,” says Nyong’o of her long days on the southern plantation. “Acting is an exercise of deep trust in yourself and an exercise in letting go: Do [all of your preparation] and then trust that when the [filming] day comes, and you’re in the room with Michael Fassbender, what you need will come through. That’s what’s magical about acting — it’s something you never do on your own.”

Nyong’o has a small role in the upcoming Liam Neeson actioner Non-Stop, but the actress is interested in creating her own destiny going forward. “I’m interested in generating work for myself,” she says. “I have trouble with this waiting-for-the-phone-to-ring lifestyle, especially after drama school, which was so creatively fulfilling.”

To read the full interview with Nyong’o and Blanchett pick up this week’s issue of EW. And for more on the actress’ head-turning role check out this exclusive clip below. READ FULL STORY

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