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<p>&quot;Searching for Sugar&nbsp;Man&quot;</p>

"Searching for Sugar Man"

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'Searching for Sugar Man' finds an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards

Call it a victory lap after dominating the circuit

After first premiering way back at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2012, Malik Bendjelloul's "Searching for Sugar Man" has won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.

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Adele, Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway

Adele, Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway walked the red carpet at the 2013 Academy Awards, but who was really a winner? Keep reading.

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Red Carpet Oscar Rewind: Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Adele and more

What worked on the red carpet at the 2013 Academy Awards?

For every event, there are different rules. At the Grammys, it's best to be wild. At the Golden Globes, it's best to get drunk. And at the Oscars, all anyone needs to do is look dress up and look nice. Not too hard, right? I guess it is, because this year was definitely in the less-than-stunning category. While some celebrities did bring the glamor, others tried too hard, went too bland or brought the Klingon (Halle Berry, how could you)? Here's a look at what worked and what didn't from Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Adele, Amanda Seyfried, Helen Hunt, Naomi Watts and more. 

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<p>Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke in "Girls."

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Video Games'

Hannah and Jessa head upstate to see Jessa's father

I'm on vacation, but I got to see tonight's "Girls" early, and have a few quick thoughts on it coming up just as soon as I like the way you fold down your turtleneck...

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<p>&quot;Life of Pi&quot;</p>

"Life of Pi"

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3D CGI spectacle 'Life of Pi' wins Oscars for Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects

Director Ang Lee wanted a 'new visual language' for the film

Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" has picked up its first two Oscars at the 85th annual Academy Awards. The CGI spectacle, which has grossed over $580 million worldwide, won in the categories of Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.

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Pixar's 'Brave' upsets Disney's 'Wreck-It Ralph' for Best Animated Feature

Pixar picks up its seventh Oscar in the category

Pixar Animation Studio has claimed its seventh Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film to date. "Brave" may have missed the bar the brand has set in the eyes of many (reviews and box office failed to live up to that of recent successes like "Toy Story 3" and "Up"), but it will be walking out of the Dolby Theatre a winner this evening.

The film's co-director Mark Andrews (kilted, in fact) and Brenda Chapman accepted the award.

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<p>Christoph Waltz at the 85th annual&nbsp;Academy&nbsp;Awards</p>

Christoph Waltz at the 85th annual Academy Awards

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Christoph Waltz wins his second Oscar in four years for Tarantino's 'Django Unchained'

He last won in 2009 for 'Inglourious Basterds'

Christoph Waltz has kicked off the 85th annual Academy Awards much like he did the 82nd annual Academy Awards: by taking to the stage to accept the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. The "Django Unchained" star came out on top in a fiercely contested category featuring veterans like Alan Arkin ("Argo"), Robert De Niro ("Silver Linings Playbook") and Tommy lee Jones ("Lincoln").

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<p>Oscars host Seth MacFarlane</p>

Oscars host Seth MacFarlane

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2013 Academy Awards Live-Blog

How did Oscar host Seth MacFarlane handle the lead-up to a big 'Argo' Night?

It's a wonderful night for Oscar! Oscar, Oscar! Who will win!

Follow HitFix's full live-blog of Hollywood's Big Night, hosted by Seth MacFarlane and join the conversation below. 

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence at the 85h annual Academy&nbsp;Awards</p>

Jennifer Lawrence at the 85h annual Academy Awards

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Oscars red carpet open thread

Say what you must about the glitz and the glam

The Oscars red carpet is well underway down at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. It feels weird being this far away from ground zero. And not a bad weird.

There are shows on ABC and E! so we can all ogle the stars as they make their way in. I don't know anything about fashion, sorry. I thought that was just an awesome stuffed animal, not a puppy purse. But hey, I'll say that Jessica Chastain has nailed it a second year in a row. She just looks different at this awards show than she does anywhere else. Rockin' it. But Jennifer Lawrence is owning it, too.

Anyway, here's your space to say what you will on the pre-show shenanigans. We'll be back during the ceremony for various filing throughout. Enjoy the show!

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<p>Luminous. Simply luminous.</p>

Luminous. Simply luminous.

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Thanks to a last-minute emergency, the Oscars are broken and only we can save them

An emergency leads to the lead film critic for HitFix having to picks 2013's biggest awards

This is embarrassing.

Not for me, of course.  I'm not the one who hit delete on whatever folder led to the desperate phone call I got at 4:30 in the afternoon on Saturday.  I'm actually pretty flattered, considering all the time and energy I've spent writing about how much I don't like awards season.  See, there's been a catastrophe at Price Waterhouse (1) and the Academy has been scrambling for the last few days to figure out how to handle it (2).  Someone must have decided that it is my healthy disdain for the process that made me perfect to help them fix things, and as a result, I have been asked to step in this year and pick every single Academy Award on my own (3).

The weirder part is that they not only lost the winners, but the nominees and the categories, and so I've got to put it all back together.  I'm pretty sure I got most of this right, and perhaps in a few cases, I've made slightly different choices than the Academy would have.  Perhaps.

You tell me… as today wraps up this year's edition of what increasingly feels like a Bataan Death March… what movies would you like to celebrate today, whether they were nominated or not?  Because if that's what today is genuinely supposed to be about, and if the Oscars are just a conversation starter, then what movies from 2012 would you like to celebrate one last time before we all move on to 2013?

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<p>Kelly Clarkson</p>

Kelly Clarkson

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Music Power Rankings: 'Harlem Shake' tops Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and Rihanna

Mumford & Sons and Morrissey also make the list

1. “Harlem Shake”: A change in methodology for the Billboard Hot 100 leads to Baauer’s viral sensation “Harlem Shake” debuting at No. 1 on the chart.  Somewhere, Rebecca Black is screaming, “It’s not fair!!”

2. Mumford & Sons:
Not only does the British quartet get new hardware for its mantelpiece, but album of the year winner “Babel” soars back to the top of the Billboard chart, selling 185,000 copies, up 242% from the previous week.

3. Morrissey:
Is there any other artist who could turn an entire arena vegetarian? Even McDonald’s will close when the former Smiths singer performs at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on March 1.

4. Kelly Clarkson:
She dares to speak her truth to power as she challenges Clive Davis’s account of their falling out over the making of her third album, “My December.” The he said/she said ends with both sides standing by their story, but Clarkson wins in the court of public opinion.

5. Beyonce:
Her HBO special, “Beyonce: Life is But A Dream,” attracted 1.8 million viewers in its Feb. 16 bow, making it the cable outlet’s top-drawing documentary since 2004. Blue Ivy got all her “Mommy and Me” classmates to tune in.

6. Pearl Jam:
It only took 22 years, but this week the group’s debut album, “Ten,” hits sales of 10 million copies in the U.S., making it the 22nd album to reach the milestone in the Nielsen SoundScan era. Synchronicity.

7. Rihanna:
“Stay” becomes her 24th Top 10 single, as she surpasses Whitney Houston and Rolling Stones, both of whom had 23 Top 10s.

8. M.I.A.: The artist accuses the Grammys of ripping off her set design for the Bob Marley tribute on Feb. 10’s show and announces she will “keep a steal log” on Tumblr calling out others who take her ideas. Here’s an idea:  M.I.A. is C.R.A.Z.Y.

9. Bonnaroo: While there are plenty of young acts to entertain the crowds, Bonnaroo turns to proven crowd pleasers such as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Paul McCartney to headline the summer festival.

10. Ja Rule: The good news is the rapper got out of a New York prison after serving two years for illegal gun possession. The bad news is he goes straight to a federal prison to finish serving his time for tax evasion. And he did not pass Go.

Mindy McCready: RIP


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Bryan Cranston tries to save best first screenplay winner Derek Connolly from getting booed off the stage at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards.
Bryan Cranston tries to save best first screenplay winner Derek Connolly from getting booed off the stage at the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards.
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Best and Worst of the 2013 Spirit Awards: Bryan Cranston, Andy Samberg, David O. Russell

Oh yeah, it wasn't live

Santa Monica, CA - Every year awards season ends with a Sunday night Academy Awards extravaganza, but for 28 years Oscar's little brother the Independent Spirit Awards have been having their own party the Saturday before.  Once again, Film Independent decided not to broadcast the show live and instead taped the afternoon proceedings to air at 10 PM on both coasts (sigh).  Happily for those in attendance, host Andy Samberg did a memorable job emceeing the event and there were some unexpected moments that should entertain the broadcast audience as well.

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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Reality TV Roundup: The latest on 'Survivor,' 'Top Chef' and more

It's been a busy week, so get all your reality news here, now
Welcome to Reality TV Roundup -- a quick look at some of the reality TV-centric stories that have recently popped up across the fine, old Interwebs. Click away, my couch potato friends. But before you do...
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! One more time: SPOILER ALERT. If you watch any competition shows, the latest elimination for each show is probably revealed in the text below. The hope is that, if you missed this week's program and would rather clear out your DVR than watch the episode, you can get a quick hit here. But don't come crying to me if you find out something you didn't want to know. You've been warned. Also note: lots of non-competition reality info lurks below, too. 
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