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<p>Lupita Nyong&#39;o accepts the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 86th annual Academy Awards.</p>

Lupita Nyong'o accepts the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 86th annual Academy Awards.

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'12 Years a Slave' star Lupita Nyong'o holds off Jennifer Lawrence to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar

The victory ends months of speculation in one of the night's most competitive categories

Ending months of tense debate as to whether "American Hustle" star Jennifer Lawrence would be a back-to-back Oscar winner or whether lovely "12 Years a Slave" ingenue Lupita Nyong'o would complete her Cinderella story on the Academy's stage, it was the former taking home the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and on her first major film, no less.

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<p>On &quot;Girls,&quot; Hannah (Lena Dunham) and her mom (Becky Ann Baker) visit the hospital together.</p>

On "Girls," Hannah (Lena Dunham) and her mom (Becky Ann Baker) visit the hospital together.

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Review: 'Girls' - 'Flo'

Hannah's ailing grandmother inspires an impromptu family reunion

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as Chachi means what I think it means...

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<p>On &quot;The Walking Dead,&quot; Beth visits a country club.</p>

On "The Walking Dead," Beth visits a country club.

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Still'

Beth takes Daryl on a long, strange trip in search of alcohol

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I visit the pro shop...

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<p>On &quot;True Detective,&quot; Marty (Woody Harrelson) and Rust (Matthew McConaughey) reunite in 2012.</p>

On "True Detective," Marty (Woody Harrelson) and Rust (Matthew McConaughey) reunite in 2012.

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Review: 'True Detective' - 'After You've Gone'

In 2012, Cohle and Hart team up to reopen their old case

A review of tonight's "True Detective" coming up just as soon as I throw you a barbell when you're drowning...

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Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong'o, Kristen Bell

Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyong'o, Kristen Bell

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2014 Oscars: Red carpet grades: Lupita, Angelina, Sandra, Liza and more

It was wall-to-wall nude and black with a few notable exceptions

This year it seemed everyone got a memo to blah it up on the red carpet at the 86th Academy Awards. Thankfully, a few women (and even a few men) willfully ignored the directive to dress like expensive paper bags. Maybe no one wanted to look like a crayon melting in the rain that never came, who knows? While some stars are still knockouts in beige, a few very notably were not. 

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<p>Jared Leto accepts the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the 86th annual Academy Awards.</p>

Jared Leto accepts the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the 86th annual Academy Awards.

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Jared Leto wins the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 'Dallas Buyers Club'

The actor thought he was out of the acting game forever

After nearly sweeping the precursor circuit, from the New York Film Critics Circle to the Independent Spirit Awards, Jared Leto has capped off his 2013 with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar win for his performance in "Dallas Buyers Club."

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<p>Ellen DeGeneres</p>

Ellen DeGeneres

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2014 Academy Awards Live-Blog

Follow along as Ellen DeGeneres hosts her second Oscars

Many of the races at Sunday (March 2) night's Academy Awards seem pre-determined as the ceremony is about to begin. Those guys from "My So-Called Life" and "True Detective" seem like locks. Etc. However, Best Picture is wide open. 

So let's hope that adds drama, while Ellen DeGeneres adds comedy. 

Click through and join my 2014 Oscars Live-Blogging. And comment below!

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Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh at the 2014 Oscars

Pharrell Williams at the 2014 Oscars

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What do you think? Pharrell Williams wears shorts to the Oscars

It's either a bold move or a fashion fail

So, Pharrell Williams decided that wearing that oversized Vivienne Westwood ranger hat did not create enough buzz. Thus, we get shorts at the Oscars. Shorts. With dress shoes, without socks. Because I'm really not sure which socks would work with formal shorts and a bow tie. Excuse me, I think my head just exploded.

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Jimmy Fallon takes the polar plunge

Jimmy Fallon takes the polar plunge
Before plunging into 32-degree slushy water, Fallon said, "If you hear a scream like a little girl's, just know that Jimmy Fallon is swimming in Lake Michigan."


Jim Parsons, new Weekend Update did nothing for “SNL’s” ratings
The post-Seth Meyers era kicked off with an average night. PLUS: How Johnny Weir reacted to Parsons’ portraying him.

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If In Contention readers had a ballot...

If In Contention readers had a ballot...

'12 Years' would win Best Picture and Leonardo DiCaprio would take Best Actor

Over the last week and a half we've asked In Contention readers for their preference in each of the Academy's 24 Oscar categories in our daily Oscars Lowdown features. The results are in and, like a number of people and organizations this year, our readership had a tough time deciding between "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" for top honors. In the end, Steve McQueen's film was voted Best Picture by those who participated, while Alfonso Cuarón was the preference in Best Director.

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<p>Alain Resnais</p>

Alain Resnais

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On the passing of Alain Resnais, the auteur who stayed playful to the end

The 'Last Year at Marienbad' director has passed away at 92

When I awoke this morning to the unhappy news that Alain Resnais, the French director of "Last Year at Marienbad," "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" and "Night and Fog" among many, many others, had passed away at the age of 92, my first thought was how different the moment felt to most other announcements of veteran artists' departures -- more sorely immediate than the usual solemn, remove-your-hat mourning. Most nonagenarian directors who die do so with their life's work complete; Resnais's certainly wasn't lacking, but the man wasn't finished either.

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Jim Parsons and Bobby Moynihan

Jim Parsons and Bobby Moynihan

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Recap: 'Saturday Night Live' – Jim Parsons and Beck

The star of "The Big Bang Theory" is game, but the show's return is shockingly unfunny

It seems like an eternity since the last episode of “Saturday Night Live” aired, but it’s back tonight, with the most beloved member of one of television’s biggest shows as host. Jim Parsons is a semi-unlikely television star, but there are few who don’t know who Sheldon Cooper is at this point, and a large chunk of that goes to Parson’s portrayal of that character. In lesser hands, Sheldon would not be one of the true genuine breakout characters in recent TV history. Tonight, Parsons gets to potentially stretch his wings, in addition to almost undoubtedly delivering “The Big Bang Theory”-related humor as well. Along for the ride is musical act Beck for this, the first show in the post-Seth Meyers Era.

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