Best Director: Richard Linklater vs. Alejandro G. Iñárritu for Oscar is just too close to call

Best Director: Richard Linklater vs. Alejandro G. Iñárritu for Oscar is just too close to call

Two visionaires and only one can win

How many greats have found themselves on the short end of Oscar glory after being nominated for Best Director? Frankly, some of the greatest filmmakers of all-time: David Fincher, Gus Van Sant, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, Pedro Almodóvar, Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, Terrence Malick, Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman and Mike Leigh, among others. We're personally hoping that eventually "Birdman's" Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "Boyhood's" Richard Linklater and "The Grand Budapest Hotel's" Wes Anderson make it off that list, but only one will join the winner's club Sunday night.

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The HitFix Oscars quiz

Can you ace HitFix's brutal 21-question Oscars quiz?

Sick of all that familiar Oscars trivia? We kick it up a notch for you.

The Oscars are less than 96 hours away, so you only have a limited amount of time to brag about your insane knowledge of Academy Awards history. Ready for a brutal 21-question foray into Oscar's grisly past? Let's roll. (We give you the questions on the first page. Jot down your responses, then check the answers, along with the accompanying questions, on the next page. The videos embedded here aren't related to the questions. They're just fun!)

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'Interstellar' named score of the year by international film music critics

'Interstellar' named score of the year by international film music critics

Alexandre Desplat wins two prizes

The International Film Music Critics Association has named Hans Zimmer's Oscar-nominated "Interstellar" score the year's best film score. However, Alexandre Desplat walked away with multiple honors, for Composer of the Year and Best Original Score for a Comedy ("The Grand Budapest Hotel").

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Fox Searchlight gets into the Dakota Johnson business with 'A Bigger Splash'

Fox Searchlight gets into the Dakota Johnson business with 'A Bigger Splash'

Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes together again

Fox Searchlight's amazing run doesn't appear as though it will be ending anytime soon. The mini-major may be on the verge of going back-to-back with Best Picture winners if "Birdman" takes it on Sunday, after already ending 2014 with hits "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (also nine Oscar nominations), "Wild," "Belle" and "The Drop." Searchlight also left Sundance in January with two of the most buzzed-about titles, Grand Jury and Audience Award winner "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" and potential awards season player "Brooklyn." Today, the distributor announced they had acquired U.S. rights to Luca Guadagnino's "A Bigger Splash."

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Lee Daniels says Mo'Nique was 'blackballed' for not campaigning for an Oscar

Lee Daniels says Mo'Nique was 'blackballed' for not campaigning for an Oscar

'This soured her relationship with the Hollywood community.'

When Mo'Nique accepted the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2010 for her performance in Lee Daniels' "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," she opened with a pointed remark. "I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics," she said. Well, according to Daniels anyway, that might have been giving them too much credit.

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Final predictions for the 87th annual Academy Awards

Final predictions for the 87th annual Academy Awards

Just a few more days until the mystery is solved

This sentiment is written every year around this time, so let's out with it: What else can you really say about this year's Oscar race? In some quarters it's been seen as a weak year. I disagree for a number of reasons, but it's subjective, of course. It's still interesting that so many were underwhelmed, from those in the media to those in the Academy, but all signs seem to be pointing to a Best Picture showdown between two excellent cinematic showcases from auteurs in full gallop. How can you complain?

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9 different bitter reactions to awards show losses: From Kanye to Lauren Bacall

9 different bitter reactions to awards show losses: From Kanye to Lauren Bacall

With the Academy Awards this weekend, nominees should practice their poker face

At Awards shows, there are winners. And there are losers. Or, at least, there are people who lose the awards to the winners.

Then there are losers, as in they cannot contain the indignity of their loss.

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StreamFix: 5 Weird Movies Starring Oscar Nominees on Netflix Now

What could be better than undermining the success of Oscar nominees by watching their earlier, weaker films? Let's do this.

There is only one correct way to prepare for the Oscars: resentfully watching every bad, dubious, or weird movie starring this year's honorees and feeling smug about it. StreamFix is here to help. Here are five weird choices streaming on Netflix to get you caught up on some of the 2014 nominees.

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Tech Support: Final thoughts on Oscar's crafts as 'Budapest' and 'Sniper' aim for gold

Tech Support: Final thoughts on Oscar's crafts as 'Budapest' and 'Sniper' aim for gold

How far will the Academy spread the wealth this year?

The guilds, British Academy (BAFTA) and critics have all had their say. We're now four days from the 87th annual Academy Awards, so it's time to finally analyze the race for the wins. Most categories are fairly predictable, but there are some wildcards.

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Best Actor: It's Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne or Bradley Cooper down to the wire

Best Actor: It's Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne or Bradley Cooper down to the wire

There hasn't been a lead actor race this close since 2003

We weren't kidding back in December when we wrote about how this year's Best Actor pool may have been the greatest ever. Two months later, and we seemingly have the tightest race in this category in at least 12 years. And let's put an emphasis on "seemingly."  

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