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The Oscars may be handed out in Hollywood, but the statuettes themselves are based in Ontario

Every year at the Academy Awards, the big question is: Who does the Oscar go to?

This year, there’s a new one to trip up trivia buffs: Where does the Oscar come from?

For the first time in its venerable history, Hollywood’s most prestigious accolade is being manufactured under the watch of a Canadian company. Find out more here:  natpo.st/14sIYg4

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Oscar nominations 2013: Silver Linings Playbook, Beasts of the Southern Wild earn top nodsThe 2013 Academy Awards nominees were announced Thursday morning, with favourites Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook earning top nominations, while Ben Affleck’s Argo, widely touted as one of this year’s best films, failed to place in most major categories.BEST PICTUREBeasts of the Southern WildSilver Linings PlaybookZero Dark ThirtyLincolnLes MiserablesLife of PiAmourDjango UnchainedArgoBEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAYBeasts of the Southern WildArgoLincolnSilver Linings PlaybookLife of PiBEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSSally FieldAnne HathawayJackie WeaverHelen HuntAmy AdamsBEST SUPPORTING ACTORChristoph WaltzPhilip Seymour HoffmanRobert DeNiroAlan ArkinTommy Lee JonesBEST ANIMATED FEATUREFrankenweenieThe PiratesWreck-It RalphParanormanBraveBEST FOREIGN FEATUREAmourNoRebelle (War Witch)A Royal AffairContikiBEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYFlightZero Dark ThirtyDjango AmourMoonrise KingdomBEST DIRECTORDavid O. RussellAng LeeSteven SpielbergMichael HanekeBenh ZeitlinBEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLEDaniel Day LewisDenzel WashingtonHugh JackmanBradley CooperJoaquin PhoenixBEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLENaomi WattsJessica ChastainJennifer LawrenceEmmanuelle RivaQuvenzhané Wallis

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Oscar nominations 2013: Silver Linings Playbook, Beasts of the Southern Wild earn top nods
The 2013 Academy Awards nominees were announced Thursday morning, with favourites Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook earning top nominations, while Ben Affleck’s Argo, widely touted as one of this year’s best films, failed to place in most major categories.

BEST PICTURE
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Lincoln
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Amour
Django Unchained
Argo

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Argo
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Life of Pi

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Sally Field
Anne Hathaway
Jackie Weaver
Helen Hunt
Amy Adams

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph WaltzPhilip Seymour Hoffman
Robert DeNiro
Alan Arkin
Tommy Lee Jones

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Frankenweenie
The Pirates
Wreck-It Ralph
Paranorman
Brave

BEST FOREIGN FEATURE
Amour
No
Rebelle (War Witch)
A Royal Affair
Contiki

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Flight
Zero Dark Thirty
Django Amour
Moonrise Kingdom

BEST DIRECTOR
David O. Russell
Ang Lee
Steven Spielberg
Michael Haneke
Benh Zeitlin

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Daniel Day Lewis
Denzel Washington
Hugh Jackman
Bradley Cooper
Joaquin Phoenix

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Naomi Watts
Jessica Chastain
Jennifer Lawrence
Emmanuelle Riva
Quvenzhané Wallis

Tagged with:  #Oscars  #Academy Awards  #film  #movies  #news
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Seth MacFarlane to host 2013 Oscars
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will host the 2013 Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles. First-time Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made the announcement Monday. MacFarlane made his directorial debut earlier this year with Ted, which took in more than US$420-million at the box office. The 38-year-old entertainer also hosted the season opener of “Saturday Night Live” last month.

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Seth MacFarlane to host 2013 Oscars

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will host the 2013 Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles.

First-time Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made the announcement Monday.

MacFarlane made his directorial debut earlier this year with Ted, which took in more than US$420-million at the box office. The 38-year-old entertainer also hosted the season opener of “Saturday Night Live” last month.

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THE POSTIES: OSCAR EDITIONWhat better way to appreciate the nuances and subtleties of this year’s  screenplay nominations than by acting them out with wooden drawings of  National Post columnists! Click through to read our loving renditions.

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THE POSTIES: OSCAR EDITION
What better way to appreciate the nuances and subtleties of this year’s screenplay nominations than by acting them out with wooden drawings of National Post columnists! Click through to read our loving renditions.

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Oscars 2012: We can rebuild him — Time to give the Academy Awards a million-dollar makeoverIn the interests of livening up — and speeding up — the awards broadcast, here are a few simple techniques for making the Oscars more enjoyable for everyone. I’d like to thank the Academy and remind them that the music they hear is playing for them.No shorts, please; we’re feature filmmakersShort films often get short shrift, although they do have their own festivals now. And this year Toronto and Vancouver filmgoers actually had a chance to see the nominated live-action and animated films. The fact remains, however, that most moviegoers know little about the short films and less about those who bear the unfortunate and misleading title of short-film makers. Documentary shorts, this applies to you, too. More suggestions…

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Oscars 2012: We can rebuild him — Time to give the Academy Awards a million-dollar makeover
In the interests of livening up — and speeding up — the awards broadcast, here are a few simple techniques for making the Oscars more enjoyable for everyone. I’d like to thank the Academy and remind them that the music they hear is playing for them.

No shorts, please; we’re feature filmmakers
Short films often get short shrift, although they do have their own festivals now. And this year Toronto and Vancouver filmgoers actually had a chance to see the nominated live-action and animated films. The fact remains, however, that most moviegoers know little about the short films and less about those who bear the unfortunate and misleading title of short-film makers. Documentary shorts, this applies to you, too.

More suggestions…

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When it comes to handicapping the Oscars race (and winning the office  pool), the films that matter are the ones the fewest people watch.  Anyone can pick Christopher Plummer or The Artist as a likely winner, but what about the short films? Is Tuba Atlantic a better bet than Raju — and what do those titles mean anyway?

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When it comes to handicapping the Oscars race (and winning the office pool), the films that matter are the ones the fewest people watch. Anyone can pick Christopher Plummer or The Artist as a likely winner, but what about the short films? Is Tuba Atlantic a better bet than Raju — and what do those titles mean anyway?

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Oscars 2012: The best picture nominees, reviewed
Read our reviews of each film nominated for best picture. Hint: We loved them all!

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Oscars 2012: The best picture nominees, reviewed

Read our reviews of each film nominated for best picture. Hint: We loved them all!

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Oscars 2012: Pixar snub, Tree of Life nomination among Academy surprisesNine movies — including front-runners The Artist and The Descendants and the long-shot surprise Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close — are in the running for this year’s Oscar, it was announced today.The nominees include Hugo, Midnight In Paris, The Help, Moneyball,  and — in another Academy Award surprise — Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.Malick was among the best director nominees, along with The Artists’ Michel Hazanavicius, Hugo’s Martin Scorsese, The Descendants’ Alexander Payne, and Woody Allen for Midnight In Paris. Conspicuous by his absence was David Fincher, director of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which was also snubbed in the best picture category.It was a good day for Canada: Monsieur Lazhar, by Montreal director Phillippe Falardeau, was nominated for best foreign film, and Christopher Plummer received a nod for best supporting actor for his role as an older man who comes out of the closet in The Beginners. (Photo: Fox Searchlight)

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Oscars 2012: Pixar snub, Tree of Life nomination among Academy surprises
Nine movies — including front-runners The Artist and The Descendants and the long-shot surprise Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close — are in the running for this year’s Oscar, it was announced today.

The nominees include Hugo, Midnight In Paris, The Help, Moneyball,  and — in another Academy Award surprise — Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.

Malick was among the best director nominees, along with The Artists’ Michel Hazanavicius, Hugo’s Martin Scorsese, The Descendants’ Alexander Payne, and Woody Allen for Midnight In Paris. Conspicuous by his absence was David Fincher, director of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which was also snubbed in the best picture category.

It was a good day for Canada: Monsieur Lazhar, by Montreal director Phillippe Falardeau, was nominated for best foreign film, and Christopher Plummer received a nod for best supporting actor for his role as an older man who comes out of the closet in The Beginners. (Photo: Fox Searchlight)

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Oscar nominees 2012: Hugo, The Artist, The Descendants score top nodsMartin Scorsese’s lavish 3D adventure Hugo won 11 Oscar nominations Tuesday, ahead of silent movie The Artist with 10 nods for Hollywood’s top cinema awards.The third most nominations went to baseball movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt and veteran director Steven Spielberg’s equine epic War Horse, which each got six nods.Hugo’s nominations included the best picture category, where it is up against eight other movies including The Artist, which has been a favorite for the Oscars after a string of wins and nods in other awards shows.The other movies nominated for best picture are The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life and War Horse. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

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Oscar nominees 2012: Hugo, The Artist, The Descendants score top nods
Martin Scorsese’s lavish 3D adventure Hugo won 11 Oscar nominations Tuesday, ahead of silent movie The Artist with 10 nods for Hollywood’s top cinema awards.

The third most nominations went to baseball movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt and veteran director Steven Spielberg’s equine epic War Horse, which each got six nods.

Hugo’s nominations included the best picture category, where it is up against eight other movies including The Artist, which has been a favorite for the Oscars after a string of wins and nods in other awards shows.

The other movies nominated for best picture are The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life and War Horse. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

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Oscars 2012: The race for best actressIn which Chris Knight, analyzes the cinematic season’s hype-o-meter. This week, we have a look at the contenders for best actress in a leading role.

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Oscars 2012: The race for best actress
In which Chris Knight, analyzes the cinematic season’s hype-o-meter. This week, we have a look at the contenders for best actress in a leading role.

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Why there’s no such thing as a good awards show host
Type “James Franco Oscars” into Google, and among the adjectives the  search engine automatically suggests based on frequency of use are  “stoned,” “high,” “bomb” and “terrible.”
Frankly, other than some prepositions, that’s about all the words you  would need to describe his hosting of the 2011 Academy Awards: “James  Franco was terrible; stoned or high. Bomb.”
Viewers will recall his performance: he began with what could  charitably be called sleepy detachment, but as the show rolled on he  looked like he could barely keep his eyes open. More than once, as he  gazed blankly at the camera, poor co-host Anne Hathaway jumped in to say  his lines, growing ever more frantic in the process. Franco would just  smile, either bemused or bored. Possibly both.

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Why there’s no such thing as a good awards show host

Type “James Franco Oscars” into Google, and among the adjectives the search engine automatically suggests based on frequency of use are “stoned,” “high,” “bomb” and “terrible.”

Frankly, other than some prepositions, that’s about all the words you would need to describe his hosting of the 2011 Academy Awards: “James Franco was terrible; stoned or high. Bomb.”

Viewers will recall his performance: he began with what could charitably be called sleepy detachment, but as the show rolled on he looked like he could barely keep his eyes open. More than once, as he gazed blankly at the camera, poor co-host Anne Hathaway jumped in to say his lines, growing ever more frantic in the process. Franco would just smile, either bemused or bored. Possibly both.

Graphic: Oscar speeches dissectedI want to thank my mom and my agent and my wife… Oscar speeches can either be the worst or best part of the night. Sunday’s ceremony was no different. Steve Murray takes a look at who rambled and who kept it mercifully brief in this graphic.
Best and worst moment’s from last night’s Oscars
King’s Speech takes home the big prizes
Photos: 83rd Academy Awards

Graphic: Oscar speeches dissected
I want to thank my mom and my agent and my wife… Oscar speeches can either be the worst or best part of the night. Sunday’s ceremony was no different. Steve Murray takes a look at who rambled and who kept it mercifully brief in this graphic.

Best and worst moment’s from last night’s Oscars

King’s Speech takes home the big prizes

Photos: 83rd Academy Awards

The Posties: Best Original ScreenplayJust like last year, The Posties deliver a special Oscar edition, bringing to life the nominees for Best Original Screenplay! Our 83rd annual Academy Awards live chat starts at 6:30 p.m. ETJoin Arts & Life reporters and editors, as well as fashion columnist Nathalie Atkinson, filmmaker Barry Avrich and actor Ennis Esmer as we keep you up-to-date on each riveting Oscar moment — and don’t forget to lend your voice to the discussion!

The Posties: Best Original Screenplay
Just like last year, The Posties deliver a special Oscar edition, bringing to life the nominees for Best Original Screenplay! 

Our 83rd annual Academy Awards live chat starts at 6:30 p.m. ET
Join Arts & Life reporters and editors, as well as fashion columnist Nathalie Atkinson, filmmaker Barry Avrich and actor Ennis Esmer as we keep you up-to-date on each riveting Oscar moment — and don’t forget to lend your voice to the discussion!