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Television ratings up for Oscars, to 40.3M people

NEW YORK (AP) – The Oscars telecast was seen by 40.3 million people, a slight increase over last year’s show. The Nielsen Company said Monday it was the most-watched Oscars telecast in three years.

02/25/2013

Seth MacFarlane

Oscar hosting: Is it a thankless task?

NEW YORK (AP) – The love-him-or-hate-him reaction to Seth MacFarlane’s turn as Academy Awards host is evidence that one of the most high-profile jobs in show business is becoming one of its most thankless.

02/25/2013

First Lady Michelle Obama via video stream at the Academy Awards. (Photo: AP video still)

Armani, Dior rack up fashion wins at Oscars

Forget glamour girls Jessica Chastain versus Jennifer Lawrence. By the end of a long Oscars telecast, the only person who could have stolen the fashion conversation was first lady Michelle Obama – and she did.

02/25/2013

Ben Affleck in scene from movie "Argo"

Affleck’s ‘Argo’ wins best-picture Oscar

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” a film about a fake movie, has earned a very real prize: best picture at the Academy Awards. From the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Jack Nicholson to help present the final prize.

02/24/2013

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Complete List of 85th annual Academy Award Winners

(AP) — Click here for the list of the 85th annual Academy Award winners announced Sunday in Los Angeles.

02/24/2013

The Oscars

Partial list of 85th annual Academy Award winners

(AP) – Partial list of the 85th annual Academy Award winners announced Sunday in Los Angeles.

02/24/2013

Actors Bradley Cooper (top left), Daniel Day-Lewis (bottom left), Hugh Jackman (center), Joaquin Phoenix (bottom right) and Denzel Washington. (AP Photo)

Oscars have clear favorites, wild-card MacFarlane

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some firsts and other rarities are possible at Sunday night’s Academy Awards. But if the Oscars could be just a little less predictable, the show might really be one for the record books.

02/24/2013

The Oscars

Oscars expand social media outreach for 85th show

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is encouraging celebrities to tweet during the Oscars.

02/23/2013

Oscar statue

Oscar guy MacFarlane aims to perk up stodgy awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — You think the Academy Awards are boring? Try the nominations. They only last a few minutes, but it’s generally a sleepy academy suit and a sleepy starlet droning a list of names at 5:30 in the morning.

02/22/2013

Ben Affleck in scene from movie "Argo"

In fact-based films, how much fiction is OK?

Filmmakers have been making movies based on real events forever. But because three fact-based films are in contention, the issue has come to the forefront of this year’s Oscar race: Does the audience deserve the truth, the whole truth and nothing but?

02/19/2013

Oscar statue

Oscar-nominated documentaries capture history

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Oscar-nominated features “5 Broken Cameras” and “How to Survive a Plague” represent documentaries in the truest, purest form of the word: They capture a spark, a moment in history, and they make us feel as if we were there, too.

02/15/2013

First Lady Michelle Obama

First lady plugs ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama on Wednesday gushed over the Oscar-nominated film “Beast of the Southern Wild,” calling it one of the “most powerful and most important” movies in a long time.

02/13/2013

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