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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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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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Fil-Am Oscar nominee ecstatic

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FILIPINO-AMERICAN Robert Lopez and wife Kristen Anderson have earned an Oscar Best Song nod for “Let It Go.” Photo by Ruben Nepales

“Pinch us!” exclaimed Filipino-American Robert Lopez, on the news that “Let It Go” (from “Frozen”), which the Tony Award-winning composer (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) wrote with his wife, Kristen Anderson, earned an Oscar Best Song nod last Thursday morning. Robert and Kristen were among the film talents who woke up to learn that their names were among those announced as 2014 Oscar nominees by actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs in an early morning ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

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Good day Mr. Nepales!

I read your March 3 article in the Inquirer about the Fil-Am student who handed out trophies at the Oscar awards. As we watched the replay of the Oscars here in Abu Dhabi, most of us were convinced he was, indeed, Filipino, but weren’t quite sure if he had been introduced as such.   Your [...]

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‘Argo,’ ‘Lincoln’ Oscar favorites

Statuettes in the likeness of the Oscar award are displayed across the street from the Hollywood and Highland complex in Los Angeles. AP

Giant coffee table books, iPod Shuffles, signed letters from directors, even “Lincoln” turkey roasting pans.

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Three-way race for Oscar best actress

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FRONT-RUNNERS in the hotly contested Best Actress category (from left): Emmanuelle Riva, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain. photo by ruben nepales

Give the golden statuettes already to Daniel Day-Lewis (for Best Actor) and Anne Hathaway (Best Supporting Actress). Come Sunday evening (Monday morning in the Philippines) at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, the suspenseful moment will be when the Best Actress envelope is opened.

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‘Bwakaw’ gears up for Oscars

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EDDIE Garcia in “Bwakaw”

Its “very Filipino theme with a universal effect” helped pave the way for Jun Lana’s acclaimed drama, “Bwakaw,” to be chosen as the country’s entry in the best foreign language film category of next year’s 85th Oscar awards.

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Plummer, Spencer win Oscars for supporting roles

Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer. AP Photo

Christopher Plummer became the oldest acting winner ever at the Academy Awards for his supporting performance in “Beginners,” while veteran bit player Octavia Spencer earned the supporting-actress prize Sunday for her breakout role in “The Help.”

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Iran’s ‘A Separation’ wins best foreign language film Oscar

Asghar Farhadi, director of Iranian film "A Separation"  is guided off stage after accepting the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 26, 2012.  REUTERS

Iran’s “A Separation,” a taut family drama, on Sunday took home the Oscar for best foreign language film, after winning a series of other awards season prizes.

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