Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Costume Design - Is 'Gatsby' all dressed up for the win?

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Costume Design - Is 'Gatsby' all dressed up for the win?

'American Hustle' and '12 Years a Slave' also have their eyes on the prize

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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<p>Pink at this year's Grammys</p>

Pink at this year's Grammys

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Grammy-winner Pink to perform at Academy Awards Ceremony

The growing list of singers already includes Idina Menzel, Pharrell, and U2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Have the Oscars gone Grammys?

Producers of the 86th Academy Awards announced Friday that Pink will appear on the Oscar show. The Grammy-winning singer joins a lineup already set to include performances from U2, Pharrell Williams, Bette Midler, rocker Karen O and Broadway star Idina Menzel.

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<p>A scene from &quot;All is Lost&quot;</p>

A scene from "All is Lost"

Credit: Roadside Attractions

Oscar-nominated sound editors discuss dream project 'All is Lost'

Richard Hymns and Steve Boeddeker were kids in a candy store

"All is Lost" is nothing if not a showcase for post-production sound. Bereft of dialogue, a story told virtually through score and sound effects editing, it would be a dream project for any sound editor. And so it was for Oscar nominees Richard Hymns and Steve Boeddeker.

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<p>June Squibb in &quot;Nebraska,&quot; this year's lowest-grossing Best Picture nominee.</p>

June Squibb in "Nebraska," this year's lowest-grossing Best Picture nominee.

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Roundup: The apathy of this year's Oscar season

Also: An Oscar voter shares his choices, and Harvey Weinstein loves 'The Croods'

It has been, as pretty much everyone has noted, a lengthy Oscar season, made additionally trying by certain squabbles and controversies along the way. As Brooks Barnes writes, however, it's not just insiders that are feeling the apathy, but the moviegoing public too. Noting that there's been less of a post-nomination commercial bump than usual for a lot of the nominees, he wonders if the expanded Best Picture field is partly responsible. He quotes PR expert Joe Quenqua: “That led to a lot more noise, and it potentially diluted the specialness ... You wonder at what point the average consumer becomes confused and tunes it all out.” [New York Times]

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Cinematography - Does a longtime bridesmaid finally get his due?

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Cinematography - Does a longtime bridesmaid finally get his due?

And no, we're not talking about Roger Deakins -- not yet

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Supporting Actor - Will Jared Leto continue to dominate?

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Supporting Actor - Will Jared Leto continue to dominate?

Five younger actors square off as the vets sit this category out for a change

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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<p>Steve McQueen accepts Best Film at last weekend's BAFTA&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Steve McQueen accepts Best Film at last weekend's BAFTA Awards.

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The Long Shot: 'Gravity,' '12 Years a Slave' and a little less conversation

The implications of this year's Best Picture race are exciting whatever the outcome

Admittedly, Oscar season never felt half as long when it wasn't part of my profession to cover it -- and to think there was a time when the Motion Picture Sound Editors' awards would simply pass right by me -- but it's increasingly hard to believe we once put up with it all the way until late March (or even early April, in some extreme years). The internet has doubtless egged on the speedier expenditure of Oscar-related conversation, exhausting relevant points of argument from as early as September.

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<p>Amy&nbsp;Adams,&nbsp;Bradley&nbsp;Cooper and Christian&nbsp;Bale in &quot;American Hustle&quot;</p>

Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale in "American Hustle"

Credit: Sony Pictures

Oscar-nominated 'American Hustle' designers reflect on bringing the 70s to life

Production designer Judy Becker and costume designer Michael Wilkinson had a colorful opportunity on their hands

"American Hustle" has lit up both the movie-going public and the Academy with its cool take on late-1970s Americana. While an enormous amount of credit obviously goes to the acclaimed performances and the atmosphere created by director David O. Russell, the look and feel of the era was also largely the result of the collaboration between costume designer Michael Wilkinson and production designer Judy Becker, both Oscar-nominated for their work on the film.

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Visual Effects - Everyone clear a path for 'Gravity'

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Visual Effects - Everyone clear a path for 'Gravity'

Analyzing this year's nominees from outer space to the old west

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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<p>Christoph Waltz at last year's Oscar ceremony.</p>

Christoph Waltz at last year's Oscar ceremony.

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Roundup: The science of Oscar acceptance speeches

Also: Nas doc to open Tribeca, and the worst reviews of Best Picture nominees

Who gets thanked the most in Oscar acceptance speeches? Nathaniel Rogers and Chris Kirk crunch the numbers from the last decade's worth of ceremonies, and have made some interesting discoveries -- chief among them, that Meryl Streep gets thanked more often than God. "What comes out in the moment—or doesn’t—is a true reflection of feeling, whether the speech feels rehearsed and polished or immediate and spazzy. And in Hollywood—and what’s more Hollywood than the Oscars?—billing matters," they write. Included is an exhaustive cross-referenced chart breaking down individuals actors' speech by class of person thanked, and in what order. Geek out. [Slate]

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