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March 4, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Dallas Buyers Club" star and newly crowned Academy Award winner Jared Leto was the only Hollywood figure to address the current political unrest in Ukraine during the award show Sunday, but his words of support for the former Soviet republic weren't heard in Russia, where an edited, taped broadcast of the ceremony aired Monday. With tensions escalating between the two nations, Leto said in his acceptance speech for supporting actor, "To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight, in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here.
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March 4, 2014 | By Scott Collins
The TV ratings were up, but some people wondered if Ellen DeGeneres #overdidit with all the #socialmedia at the #Oscars2014. Sunday's 86th Academy Awards telecast on ABC broke with tradition and reverse-engineered itself for the Twitter generation, with host DeGeneres returning after a seven-year hiatus to order in pizza as a joke for the attendees and, in the night's most familiar image, tweeting out a selfie posed with Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep,...
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March 3, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
On most films, adding visual effects is part of the postproduction process. But on "Gravity," the editing and cinematography had to begin two months before shooting even started. To prepare, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki -- who won his first Oscar Sunday night -- sifted through a library of photographs from the NASA library in an effort to make the film look as "naturalistic as possible," he said backstage. "A lot of the lighting of the movie is based on those photographs," Lubezki said, clutching his Oscar.
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March 3, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
The Oscars are over, Twitter has recovered, the pizza has been devoured and the delivery guy is probably still waiting for the money to make its way from Pharrell Williams' hat to his pocket. But everyone else, host Ellen DeGeneres tells us, is a winner - well, except for "American Hustle," which went 0 for 10 in its nominated categories. (Don't sweat it. The art of survival is a story that never ends.) So what can Hollywood learn from the last six months of awards campaigning?
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March 3, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Oliver Gettell
The Oscars on Sunday night were a popular affair with some moving moments -- including speeches from Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o -- and some warm humor courtesy of host Ellen DeGeneres. It also had its share of mysteries. Was John Travolta rehearsing backstage or otherwise engaged before he invented the new Broadway singer Adele Dazeem? What was Jennifer Lawrence laughing about when she took the podium to present best actor? And who was that exuberant Frenchman who staged one the night's few upsets?
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March 3, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Angelina Jolie showed up at the Academy Awards on Sunday night on the arm of partner Brad Pitt, who ended up winning an Oscar as one of the producers of "12 Years a Slave. " Don't be surprised if you see Jolie at the Dolby again next year, this time with Pitt applauding from the audience as Jolie wins the Oscar for directing "Unbroken," a survival tale depicting the life of World War II hero and former Olympic distance runner Louis Zamperini. Too soon? Definitely. But after spending the past six months writing about "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity," can you blame us for wanting to take just a peek at the movies that will likely by vying for next year's awards?
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March 3, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For anyone in Hollywood or the heartland who didn't fall in love with Lupita Nyong'o's talent after seeing her performance in best picture winner “12 Years a Slave,” or was somehow unmoved by the supporting actress's heartfelt acceptance speech Sunday night -- which will stand as one of Oscar's most memorable moments -- here are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about what comes next.  In the wake of Nyong'o's Oscar win, there exists...
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March 3, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Spike Jonze says his tale of a man who falls in love with the virtual voice in his computer is a peek into the future about “the challenges of intimacy.”  After winning the original screenplay Oscar for “Her” on Sunday, he said he was hesitant to explain the film, adding: “I don't think I could put it into a message. I could not reduce it to a sentence.” “Her” is a somber, detached look at Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), who falls in love with Samantha (Scarlett Johansson)
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March 3, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Ellen DeGeneres' mass A-lister selfie and pizza party helped the Oscars rule Twitter.  The event, televised on ABC, drew nearly 11.2 million tweets from 2.8 million people, according to Nielsen SocialGuide. The 86th Academy Awards generated 25 times more tweets that the latest episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead," which saw the next most activity on the social media site.  OSCARS 2014: Full coverage | Complete list | Top nominees and winners The total Twitter "audience" for the Oscars, meaning the estimated number of people who saw tweets about the event, numbered nearly 14 million.
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March 3, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Angel Olsen walked onto the Echoplex stage, grabbed her guitar and stood before a microphone. A few miles away, the Academy Awards had just finished. But as the sparkle along Hollywood Boulevard poured into limousines and cruised to parties across the city, the singer in Echo Park may as well have been gigging in the Ozarks. Nonetheless, she delivered one of the best performances of Sunday evening, one whose resonant voice and way with phrasing deserved a trophy, if not a pizza and a shout-out from Ellen DeGeneres.
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