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Hattie McDaniel, First African American to Get an Oscar, Makes a Moving Speech at Academy Awards (1940). Video http://cultr.me/1fYOSZ1
In 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award, taking home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her turn as Mammy in Gone with the Wind.
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Who do you want to win Best Picture tonight at the Oscars?
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#Oscars Sunday is tomorrow! Try these 8 Award-Winning Popcorn #Recipes Worthy of The Red Carpet ➜ http://goo.gl/tD2bzs #AcademyAwards
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RT @TomBenedek: Andrew Stanton talks about Framing the Story Via @nprnews: Framing The Story http://flip.it/CYMzq
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R.I.P. Roger Ebert. One of my film heroes.
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And the nominees for the "Best Car Movie of All Time" are . . . #Oscars
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The #Oscars air tonight, and the show couldn't go on without a lot of hard work from a lot of special people. Take a peek behind the scenes at the +Oscars #throughglass.
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OSCARS 2014

The 86th Academy Awards hosted this time by Ellen DeGeneres will air at 8pm Sunday on ABC and will also for the first time stream live online in some markets.  The bigger news however is the tight race in the SUPPORTING ACTRESS category.

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE features two nominees vastly different in experience and technique yet equally scene stealing in their performances.  Lupita Nyong’o the Yale drama graduate in 12 Years a Slave and Jennifer Lawrence the three-time Oscar nominee and last year’s Best Actress winner nominated here for American Hustle.  

Nyong’o’s portrayal is of Patsey, a young girl demolished by slavery and beleaguered by her owner played by Michael Fasbinder, also nominated for a supporting role.  Like Lawrence’s character Rosalyn in American Hustle Patsey is a young woman longing to be anywhere else than where she is and anyone else than who she is.  Both are women who have been forced to leave childhood prematurely but who try to snatch it back when no one is looking.  Except someone is always looking, whether its Rosalyn’s young son or Patsey’s friend Solomon played by Best Actor nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, or the wife of Patsey’s owner played by Sarah Paulson.  

Obviously one woman has the freedom to make a difference while the other does not, and in that action and lack of action—one woman passive and forced to live a tormented life, the other bounding, unbridled and oozing with as much freedom as a house wife with child can—we see and experience human energy in two very distinct ways.  No other performances in this Oscar category exude that much force, moving or static, coming from the life, or lack of it, on screen.  Unfortunately Lawrence’s character is privileged enough to have an air of whimsy and comedy beneath a tragic but fortunate American setting while Patsey’s American condition is humorless and heartbreaking.  

That small amount of positive power Lawrence is able to deliver—based on the roll written for her from the Oscar nominated original screenplay—gives her the upper hand.  The winner here should be Lawrence by the aggregate of cinematic provisions working in her favor.  Nyong’o unfortunately bares a more reactive rather than active performance based on the circumstances.  I’ll be happy if either actress wins but Lawrence’s energy emanating from her portrayal is a jaw dropping spectacle you rubberneck to every time she appears.

The category that could be a real shocker however is the BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE.  30 Seconds to Mars singer Jared Leto plays Rayon, a drug induced man in women’s clothing in Dallas Buyer’s Club, trying to survive AIDS with co-star and Best Actor nominee Matthew McConaughey.  Leto’s Rayon as a gay man in mid ‘80’s Texas is, for lack of a better word, tender.  It’s delicate as Leto tries to portray Rayon as just that.  Fragile.  And that fragility is not made prevalent with the help of weight loss or any physical attributes but by voice and facial expression and delivery of lines.  It’s a very quiet performance that is sweet and tragic at the same time.  His character is not easy to sympathize with either because of his self-mutilating drug use.  Leto is favored to win this category.

But the shocker could be a Jonah Hill win.  Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is so extravagant in its portrayal of Wall Street hedonism that the sense of fun you suspect went on behind the scenes while filming such a putridly funny, almost slapstick slice of ‘90’s Wall Street criminal adventure, gives everyone in that film a huge net to work within.  A very broad path to chew up parts of script with.  And Jonah’s performance is just as over the top and extravagant as the movie—and Scorsese’s cinematic approach—is to the subject matter.  I think an air of excess on the set allowed Hill to do whatever he wanted so long as he wore those big prosthetic teeth.  The Wolf of Wall Street is one of the best films of the year and though it won’t win any awards it should at the very least get an Oscar for the best performance by a supporting actor in the role.  Jared Leto will win but it should be Jonah Hill.

Here are the rest of my picks:

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:  The Great Gatsby

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:  The Act of Killing

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT:  The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:  Frozen

BEST ANIMATED SHORT:  Get a Horse!

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:  Gravity

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:  The Great Gatsby

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING:  Dallas Buyer’s Club

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:  Her

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:  Frozen

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT:  The Voorman Problem

BEST SOUND MIXING:  Gravity

BEST SOUND EDITING:  Gravity

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:  Gravity

BEST FILM EDITING:  Gravity

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:  American Hustle

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:  12 Years A Slave

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:  Matthew McConaughey

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:  Cate Blanchett

BEST DIRECTING:  Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

BEST PICTURE:  12 Years A Slave
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Ballet Audition Turns into Cyborg Battle in Animated Short - FIGHTING SPIRITS http://flip.it/r2YKK
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Picks for The 85th Academy Awards

I'm going with my gut this time and picking my favorite performances and films in each category. The Oscars will air this Sunday night at 8:30PM Eastern on ABC following red carpet at 7PM.

BEST PICTURE
Silver Linings Playbook

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Denzel Washington

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Jennifer Lawrence

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Robert De Niro

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Anne Hathaway

BEST DIRECTOR
David O. Russell

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Roger Deakins for Skyfall

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Wreck-It Ralph

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare'

BEST SHORT LIVE ACTION
Buzkashi Boys

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Searching for Sugar Man

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Redemption

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Argo

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Life Of Pi

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Lincoln

BEST FILM EDITING
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST MAKE-UP
Les Miserables

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Life Of Pi

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Skyfall

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Lincoln

BEST SOUND EDITING
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST SOUND MIXING
Life Of Pi

BEST FOREIGN FILM
Amour
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