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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'Ida' cinematographer was as surprised by his nomination as you were

'Ida' cinematographer was as surprised by his nomination as you were

Lukasz Zal assumed the role under unsual circumstances

One of the bigger surprises for many (ahem, not all) people when the Oscar nominations were announced was the inclusion of a little Polish indie called "Ida" in the Best Cinematography category. But the story of how the film came to feature two DPs — Ryszard Lenczewski  and Lukasz Zal — is an interesting one itself.

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Best Actress: It's finally time for Julianne Moore to walk that aisle

Best Actress: It's finally time for Julianne Moore to walk that aisle

Probably the lockiest lock of the night

"Boogie Nights." "The End of the Affair." "The Hours." "Far from Heaven." And those were just the four times Julianne Moore found herself in the race. "Safe." "The Big Lebowski." "Magnolia." "The Shipping News." "Children of Men." "A Single Man." "Maps to the Stars." She's been turning out great work for years and now, finally, it looks like she's going to be an Oscar winner.

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'Grand Budapest' and 'Into the Woods' win costume design awards, will settle it at the Oscars

'Grand Budapest' and 'Into the Woods' win costume design awards, will settle it at the Oscars

And with that, the final guild has spoken

The final American film industry group has spoken in the run-up to the 87th Oscars, with "Birdman," "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Into the Woods" taking top honors from the Costume Designers Guild. "True Detective," "Game of Thrones" and "American Horror Story: Freak Show" were victors in the TV ranks.

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Best Supporting Actress: Is Emma Stone upset talk just silly at this point?

Best Supporting Actress: Is Emma Stone upset talk just silly at this point?

Patricia Arquette hasn't lost yet

This year's Best Supporting Actress race has pretty much been settled since the equivalent honor was handed out at the BAFTA Awards earlier this month, but indulge as we pay tribute to some of the other nominees will you?

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Pencils down! Oscar voting has ended, so let's look at the close races...

Pencils down! Oscar voting has ended, so let's look at the close races...

A number of categories this year are nail-biters

It's 5pm on the west coast, meaning it's pencils down for Academy voters. Polls are now closed for the upcoming 87th Oscars, and now, we wait. But in the meantime, let's consider a few of the closer races that could make for some considerable drama on Sunday night.

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If the average moviegoer picked the Oscars...

How different would the Oscars be in average moviegoers selected the major awards?

As Oscar season winds down and several major categories boil down to shoo-in victories, it seems salient to ask whether the tastes of the average American moviegoer dovetail with Academy consensus.

The answer? Almost never. And that's not a bad thing.

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