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Oscars: Alexandre Desplat wins Best Original Score for 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

By Chris Beachum
By Chris Beachum
Feb 22 2015 20:30 pm
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Composer Alexandre Desplat had racked up six losses and was expected to lose again this year, despite two nominations. But he finally won an Oscar for his score for "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

We had him in second place with 12/5 odds and the votes of seven Experts: Pete Hammond (Deadline), Dave Karger (Fandango), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) and Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood). 

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Oscars poll: Which Best Song performance was the real winner?

By Paul Sheehan
By Paul Sheehan
Feb 22 2015 20:07 pm
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Jul 21 2015 16:15 pm
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Yes, "Glory" from "Selma" won the Oscar for Best Song. But did you think the performance of the tune by Common and John Legend was the true winner of the night?

Or did one of the other four acts impress you more. 

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Oscars: Common and John Legend win Best Original Song for 'Glory' from 'Selma'

By Chris Beachum
By Chris Beachum
Feb 22 2015 20:04 pm
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As 27 of our 29 Oscar Experts predicted, Common and John Legend won the Best Original Song Oscar Sunday night. Their tune "Glory" from the 1960s historical drama "Selma" brought the first nomination and victory for both men.

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Oscars: 'Citizenfour' wins Best Documentary Feature

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Feb 22 2015 19:51 pm
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Jul 30 2015 19:43 pm
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As 26 of our 29 Oscars Experts predicted, "Citizenfour" won Best Documentary Feature on Sunday night. Director Laura Poiras's film about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been amply honored this awards season, receiving Best Documentary from BAFTA, DGA, LA and NY film critics, the National Society of Film Critics, the Independent Spirit Awards, and the International Documentary Association.

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Oscars: 'Whiplash' wins Best Film Editing in upset over 'Boyhood'

By Chris Beachum
By Chris Beachum
Feb 22 2015 19:50 pm
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BAFTA champ and rookie nominee Tom Cross won Best Editing for "Whiplash." He had 13/5 odds and the backing of only four Experts: Kyle Buchanan (Vulture), Edward Douglas (Coming Soon), Tariq Khan (Fox News), and Tom O'Neil (Gold Derby). Contrast that to 25 of our 29 Oscar Experts who predicted Sandra Adair would win for her work on Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making "Boyhood" had also recently won with the American Cinema Editors guild.

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Oscars: Emmanuel Lubezki ('Birdman') wins Best Cinematography for second straight year

By Chris Beachum
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Feb 22 2015 19:25 pm
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As 28 of our 29 Oscar Experts predicted, ASC guild champ Emmanuel Lubezki won Best Cinematography Sunday night. His work on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman" involved lengthy and complicated "one take" shots throughout the film.

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Oscars: 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' wins Best Production Design

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Feb 22 2015 19:22 pm
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As 28 of our 29 Oscars Experts predicted, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won Best Production Design on Sunday night. It had previously won Best Period Design at the Art Directors Guild Awards, in addition to taking Production Design honors at the BAFTAs and Critics' Choice Awards.

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Oscars: 'Big Hero 6' wins Best Animated Feature in upset over 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Feb 22 2015 19:17 pm
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"Big Hero 6" pulled off a shocking upset in the race for Best Animated Feature over the frontrunner  "How to Train Your Dragon 2," "Big Hero 6" had the support of just three Experts: Mike Cidoni (Associated Press), Kevin Polowy (Yahoo), and Nicole Sperling (Entertainment Weekly). It was in second place with odds of 11/2.

Contrast that to our 26 Oscars Experts who predicted "Dragon 2" would be the first DreamWorks computer-animated film to win the category since "Shrek" in 2001. The film was also predicted by six out of seven Editors, 17 of our Top 24 Users, and 73% of our overall Users.

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Oscars: 'Interstellar' wins Best Visual Effects

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Feb 22 2015 19:04 pm
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As 20 of our 29 Experts predicted, "Interstellar" won Best Visual Effects at the Oscars on Sunday night. Christopher Nolan's science-fiction epic has previously won at the BAFTA Awards, but lost the top prize at the Visual Effects Society to "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

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