'Selma' wins six Black Reel Awards, including best film

'Selma' wins six Black Reel Awards, including best film

Chris Rock wins best screenplay honor

"Selma" was the big winner at the Black Reel Awards heading into a kudos weekend that will include the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the Oscars. Ava DuVernay's film won best film, best actor, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best director and best ensemble honors.

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A Definitive Guide to Oscar-Winning Horror Films: From 'Jekyll and Hyde' to 'Wolfman'

A Definitive Guide to Oscar-Winning Horror Films: From 'Jekyll and Hyde' to 'Wolfman'

A comprehensive rundown of every fright flick that's taken home an Academy Award

Remember that silly, super-brief (albeit well-meaning) horror tribute at the Oscars a few years back? You know, the one introduced by the "Twilight" cast? Pretty indicative of how the genre has historically been treated by the Academy.

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2015 Independent Spirit Awards Predictions

2015 Independent Spirit Awards Predictions

Or is it a 'Boyhood' vs. 'Birdman' Oscar preview?

Are you ready for some Independent Spirit? That's right, the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards are right around the corner and that means most of the contenders vying for Oscars on Sunday have a shot to win on Saturday as well. This year, in fact, the Spirits may reward some of the great performances, filmmakers and movies that were snubbed in some tight races for Oscar.

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Best Picture: 'Birdman' or 'Boyhood?' 'Boyhood' or 'Birdman?' Or...something else?

Best Picture: 'Birdman' or 'Boyhood?' 'Boyhood' or 'Birdman?' Or...something else?

'How did we end up here?' Let's review...

This year's Best Picture Oscar race is truly a stunner, and the envelope hasn't even been opened yet. Let's review how we got to this place, shall we? And let's do it in present tense, to really relive the magic.

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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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