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No Oscar nod, no problem: Whitaker works on craft

This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from "Lee Daniels' The Butler." He's won an Oscar and Golden Globe before, but it's always been about the craft for the veteran actor. That's why during this awards season Whitaker isn't bothered by being an Oscar snub, hearing so many say a nomination was deserved for his lead role in "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Fruitvale Station," which he co-produced. AP

Forest Whitaker isn’t much bothered by being one of the season’s biggest Oscar snubs.

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Juanita Moore, Oscar nominated actress, dead at 99

This March 31, 1960 file photo shows Juanita Moore, a groundbreaking actress and an Academy Award nominee for her role as Lana Turner's black friend in the classic weeper "Imitation of Life." Actor Kirk Kelleykahn, her grandson, said that Moore collapsed and died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at her home in Los Angeles. She was 99, according to Kelleykahn. Accounts of her age have differed over the years. AP

Juanita Moore, a groundbreaking actress and an Academy Award nominee for her role as Lana Turner’s black friend in the classic film “Imitation of Life,” has died.

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Review: Nine Inch Nails emerges from darkness

This undated publicity photo provided by Columbia Records shows the album cover, "Hesitation Marks," by Nine Inch Nails. AP

Nine Inch Nails, “Hesitation Marks” (Columbia)

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Adele honored by Queen Elizabeth II

Adele is getting a new medal to go alongside her Grammys and Academy Award — an honor from Queen Elizabeth II.

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Daniel Day-Lewis holds record of winning best actor Oscar three times

Daniel Day-Lewis at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles.John Shearer/Invision/AP

Daniel Day-Lewis has won the Academy Award for best actor for his exactingly authentic performance as President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s historical drama.

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‘Amour’ wins Oscar for best foreign language film

Actress Emmanuelle Riva arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP

Michael Haneke’s brutal depiction of an aging couple, “Amour,” has won the Academy Award for best foreign language film.

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Movie effects innovator Petros Vlahos dies at 96


Petro Vlahos, a two-time Academy Award winner whose blue- and green-screen technique on movies like “Mary Poppins” and “Ben Hur” made the modern blockbuster possible, has died. He was 96.

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Globe-nominated foreign filmmakers discuss craft

This film image dated July 2011 made available by Nordisk Film Distribusjon AS on Thursday Jan 10 2103 shows a scene from the Norwegian film "Kon-Tiki." The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign picture on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. The 85th Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 on ABC. AP/ Carl Christian Raabe / Nordisk Film Distribusjon AS via NTB scanpix

The makers of three Golden Globe- and Oscar-nominated foreign films shared the secrets of their craft — and admiration for one another — at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 10th annual Foreign Film Symposium.

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Bumpy road to Oscars for PH film on faithful dog

AIMING FOR OSCAR. Top-billed by actor Eddie Garcia and Princess the dog, “Bwakaw” was hailed by a US journalist as “a true gem.”  INQUIRER file photo

A Philippine movie about a grumpy, old, gay man and his faithful dog has become an unlikely hit abroad while shaking the belief that local independent films have to focus on the darker side of life.

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Online tilt for shorts

CHAVEZ, with (from left) Buenaflor and Nakpil-Roxas.

I knew Diego Buenaflor and Vince Nakpil-Roxas as kids. They have come up with the 180 Microcinema Film Festival, an online competition for short films that dares its participants to tell a compelling story in just three minutes.

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Streep equals Bergman’s Oscar haul

STREEP AND BERGMAN. “Mature” sex appeal.

INGRID Bergman was lovelier than Greta Garbo, who was considered a legendary screen beauty—and, like Garbo, she was a superb dramatic actress. But, despite her prodigious dramatic prowess, Greta never won an Oscar—like Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock.

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Eastwood surmounts cinematic challenge

DICAPRIO (WITH DENCH, RIGHT). Plays against type in “J. Edgar.”

OUR recent piece on Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar” concentrated on Leonardo DiCaprio’s seminal portrayal of the film’s title character, and why it should have been at least nominated for an Academy Award. Today, let’s focus on the film as a whole, because its achievement is by no means limited to, and defined by, its lead [...]

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