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Single Review: ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams

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For now, there is no escaping this summery cheerful hit as we have been hearing it being played, not only on radio, but also in numerous noontime shows, game shows, and anything else we can imagine on local television.

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Oscars yield bracing number of real winners

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Last year was a relatively good season for the global film industry, so film buffs are happy that the recent US Academy Awards came up with a bracing number of real winners.

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Oscar-winning film dramatizes horrors of slavery

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NYONG’O. Seemingly interminable ordeal

When 2013 Oscar Best Picture winner, “12 Years a Slave” started its run in Metro Manila last week, we hastened to view it to see what had made it US film academy members’ top pick, over many other exceptional productions.

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With winners Brad, Matthew, Cate backstage at the Oscars

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ANGELINA Jolie and Brad Pitt brace for a kiss; Lupita Nyong’o cheers behind the power couple.  Getty Images/AFP

Backstage at the Oscars Sunday night, the winners were calm, collected and articulate. They had delivered their emotional thank you’s on stage. Steve McQueen, the filmmaker behind Best Picture winner “12 Years a Slave,” physically expressed his elation by jumping for joy on-cam. Most of the victors had swept the awards season prizes, so the Academy telecast was the culmination of a journey marked by several treks to the stage, a journey that began with the Golden Globe Awards.

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When Hollywood A-listers are just faces in the crowd

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ROBERT Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez let it go with a victory kiss.      STAHNLEE MIRADOR

    Backstage at the Oscars, we could tell if a winner was also the media folks’ choice. The journalists, who were typically multitasking, listened to the show via headphones and watched the monitors while, more urgently, minding the winners in front of them.   The announcement of Lupita Nyong’o as Best Supporting Actress winner [...]

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NY Times prints Northup correction 161 years later

This film publicity image released by Fox Searchlight shows Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup in a scene from "12 Years A Slave." The New York Times has printed a correction for misspelling 161 years ago the name of a free black man who was sold into slavery and whose memoirs were turned into the Oscar-winning movie "12 Years a Slave." AP

The New York Times has printed a correction for misspelling 161 years ago the name of a black man who was sold into slavery and whose memoirs were turned into the Oscar-winning movie “12 Years a Slave.”

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Travolta ‘beating self up’ over Oscar name mangle

John Travolta. AP

John Travolta said Tuesday he has been feeling terrible over his much-ridiculed Oscars mangling of singer Idina Menzel’s name — but concluded she would want him to “Let it Go.”

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Netizens can’t get over ‘Poor Leo’ and his ‘Oscar’

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The 86th Academy Awards made history on Sunday for many reasons.

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Fil-Am composer wins Oscars’ best song for Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’

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Kristen Anderson-Lopez, left, and Robert Lopez accept the award for an original song in a feature film for "Let It Go" from "Frozen" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. AP

Filipino-American composer Robert Lopez made history on Sunday evening at the 86th Academy Awards when he and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, won the best song award for “Let It Go,” the worldwide phenomenon from the huge animated feature hit, “Frozen.”

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Robert Lopez and his friends Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony

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Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez (L) and Robert Lopez, winners of the Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song award for 'Let It Go' from 'Frozen', attend the Governor's Ball following the 86th Academy Awards on March 2nd, 2014 in Hollywood, California. AFP

Today, Filipinos will hear of the name Robert Lopez, the first Filipino-American to win an “Oscar” for his composition “Let It Go,” theme song to last year’s second-highest grossing film “Frozen.”

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Key quotes from Oscars night

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The following is a list of key quotes from the 86th Academy Awards held Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood:

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Philippine pride as Oscar win caps rare quad for songwriter

Kristen Anderson-Lopez, left, and Robert Lopez accept the award for an original song in a feature film for "Let It Go" from "Frozen" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. AP

Songwriter Robert Lopez gave the Philippines some Oscars joy on Sunday as he completed a rare quadruple triumph at the 86th Academy Awards.

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