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With winners Brad, Matthew, Cate backstage at the Oscars

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

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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Cuaron’s Oscar nod leaves Mexico soul searching

In this Oct. 16, 2013 file photo, Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron poses for photographers during a press conference promoting his film "Gravity" in Mexico City. AP

The Oscars could be Mexico’s big night, with three Mexicans nominated for directing, cinematography and acting. Except that some in Mexico aren’t looking at it that way.

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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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Disney seeks to crown revival with ‘Frozen’ Oscar gold

This file image provided by Disney shows Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." AP FILE PHOTO

A critical and commercial success, “Frozen” marks a second renaissance for Walt Disney’s legendary film studio – and is widely tipped to win its first ever Oscar for best animated feature next weekend.

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