<p>The Operating System communication device from &quot;Her.&quot;</p>

The Operating System communication device from "Her."

Credit: Warner Bros.

K.K. Barrett on creating the world of 'Her' with Spike Jonze

Why creating the film's smallest design element was the toughest task

If there is one unsung hero of Spike Jonze's "Her" its production designer K.K. Barrett. Well, as unsung as an Academy Award nominee can be. Barrett has collaborated on everyone of Jonze's films and his work on "Her" may be his best. From a futuristic Los Angeles to the intricate work to get Samantha's operating system just right, "Her" takes place in a world that is far more intricate than it may seem.  And much of that is due to the work of Barrett and his co-nominee, set decorator Gene Serdena.

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<p>The PGA&nbsp;Awards winning producers of both &quot;Gravity&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;12 Years A&nbsp;Slave.&quot;</p>

The PGA Awards winning producers of both "Gravity" and "12 Years A Slave."

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Contender Countdown: Voting is over, but who will win Best Picture?

Dreaming of a tie

The polls are closed. The votes are being tabulated. Six months after "Gravity" and "12 Years A Slave" premiered within a few days of each other we still don't know for sure which film will win the most coveted film prize in the world, the Academy Award for Best Picture. After 86 editions of Oscar, this race will go down as one of the top 10 closest ever.

Pretty amazing, isn't it?

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<p>George Clooney, Sandra Bullock and Alfonso Cuaron at the October screening of &quot;Gravity&quot;&nbsp;in New York.</p>

George Clooney, Sandra Bullock and Alfonso Cuaron at the October screening of "Gravity" in New York.

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Alfonso Cuarón on the global 'emotional' appeal of 'Gravity' and the 'Believe' break

Plus: What's he doing after Oscar Sunday?

Alfonso Cuarón is on top of the world. Granted, he's not literally on top or above it like his characters in "Gravity," but when I spoke to him after the Oscars luncheon a little over a week ago, he was awash in the moment. In many ways, the long journey of his Oscar-nominated blockbuster is finally coming to a close, and like a marathon runner nearing the finish line, he's got his second wind.

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<p>Frank (O-T Fagbenle), Agust&iacute;n (Frankie J. &Aacute;lvarez), Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and Rickie (Ra&uacute;l Castillo) enjoy a sunny day in San Francisco's Dolores Park.</p>

Frank (O-T Fagbenle), Agustín (Frankie J. Álvarez), Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and Rickie (Raúl Castillo) enjoy a sunny day in San Francisco's Dolores Park.

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Review: 'Looking - 'Looking in the Mirror' or when you realize your BFF is an a**hole

Will Patrick's friends derail his romance with Richie?

At first, "Looking in the Mirror" appears as though it's meant to focus on Dom's 40th birthday and subsequent party in Dolores Park, but the most compelling moments again center on Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and Richie (Raúl Castillo). The series has not been afraid to bluntly depict those uncomfortable moments when ethnicity and social class clash and, sadly, nothing that occurs during this half hour is out of the norm for the Gay community. There are two moments in particular that are clearly painful for Richie.

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<p>Richie (Raul Casillo)&nbsp;and Patrick (Jonathan Groff) share a day together in &quot;Looking for the Future,&quot; the fifth episode of &quot;Looking.&quot;</p>

Richie (Raul Casillo) and Patrick (Jonathan Groff) share a day together in "Looking for the Future," the fifth episode of "Looking."

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Review: 'Looking' - 'Looking for the Future' and love and sex

Can character development overcome explicit sex?

Anyone complaining there hasn't been enough explicit sex enough on "Looking" had their wishes granted with "Looking for the Future." If that's all you've been waiting for, however, you'd miss the point of this excellent installment of the Andrew Haigh and Michael Lannon series.

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No Jennifer Lawrence? No problem as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt hit the 2014 BAFTA Awards red carpet

No Jennifer Lawrence? No problem as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt hit the 2014 BAFTA Awards red carpet

Youre favorite stars on one of the worst lit red carpets of the year

"American Hustle" star and this year's BAFTA Awards best supporting actress winner Jennifer Lawrence couldn't make the show because of production commitments to "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay," but more than enough Hollywood star power graced this year's red carpet.  First and foremost, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt still rule any red carpet they grace and let's not forget: this is likely the last time you'll get to force Emma Thompson into uncomfortable heels anytime soon (she'll be missed at the Oscars).

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<p>An example of some of the award-winning makeup for &quot;The Walking Dead.&quot;</p>

An example of some of the award-winning makeup for "The Walking Dead."

Credit: AMC

'The Walking Dead,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'Bad Grandpa'' lead makeup awards winners

'Behind the Candelabra,' 'American Hustle' and 'The Voice' win, too

The Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild announced their 2014 awards winners tonight and two Oscar nominees in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category both came home with some championship hardware.

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<p>Ellen Page at the Los Angeles premiere of &quot;The East&quot;&nbsp;last May.</p>

Ellen Page at the Los Angeles premiere of "The East" last May.

Credit: AP Photo/Chris PIzzello

Watch: Former Oscar nominee Ellen Page comes out: 'I'm tired of hiding'

'Juno' and 'Inception' star makes announcement at HRC event

Ellen Page came out Friday at the inaugural Time to Thrive Conference held by the Human Rights Campaign in Las Vegas. In a speech opening the conference, the former best actress nominee spoke about being a lesbian, publicly, for the first time.

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9 big questions to ponder as the Oscars hit the home stretch

9 big questions to ponder as the Oscars hit the home stretch

Voting officially begins today

We're in the home stretch, everyone. Voting for the 86th Academy Awards is finally underway and you can feel the tension in the air from Culver City to Burbank.

(Actually, that could just be allergies, but I digress…)

The point is, this year's show has the potential for more upsets or unexpected winners since "The Departed," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Queen" battled it out in 2007. Every studio is nervous and thanks to some unexpected controversies almost nothing is guaranteed. With that in mind, ponder these nine questions that are on the minds of many awards season watchers.

Be careful out there, Academy members.

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<p>Elisabeth Moss poses at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival where she had two new films debut:&nbsp;&quot;Listen Up Phillip&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;The One I Love.&quot;</p>

Elisabeth Moss poses at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival where she had two new films debut: "Listen Up Phillip" and "The One I Love."

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Exclusive: Elisabeth Moss and Fred Armisen Spirit Awards presenters

Patton Oswalt show a little over two weeks away

The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards are shaping up to be a big afternoon for "12 Years A Slave" which comes into the show with 12 nominations including best feature.  What many in the crowd are looking forward to, however, is Patton Oswalt's inaugural stint as Spirits Awards show host.  The popular comedian and actor has already said he wants to shake the show up by giving away live birds to winners instead of the traditional Spirit Awards statue which has a bird on top.  We're not sure if he's serious or kidding, but we're a little worried about a throng of doves getting stuck in the Spirits Awards tent on Santa Monica's beach. As with any awards show, Patton will not have to carry the program alone.

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