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OSCARS' BACKSTAGE MOMENTS RIVAL THOSE ON CAMERA

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- While audiences around the world watch the glamorous Oscars proceedings on television, a whole different array of memorable starry moments are happening off-camera.

 

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Because the Academy Awards bring together so many top talents, the wings of the stage become an impromptu meeting place for stars across genres.

Here's a peek at the backstage celebrity spectacle:

 

WHO HAS A FIVER? Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt watched Chris Rock's opening monologue on a monitor just off stage right. Theron uttered many enthusiastic "Oh my Gods" while he spoke, and even one "Oh, dang," before a stage manager handed her the envelope with the winning screenwriter's name inside.

 

"Should I open it, guys?" she asked of the various workers backstage. "Come on! I'll do it for a fiver!"

 

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"I didn't fall over!" - Cate Blanchett after executing her walk-and-talk presentation in towering heels.

 

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NO JOB TOO SMALL: After presenting the supporting actor Oscar to Mark Rylance, Patricia Arquette realized she'd left her red lipstick behind backstage.

 

No worry. She told a stage manager about the misplaced "long NARS lipstick" she left behind, and he radioed to have it delivered to her seat.

 

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"That's the most attention I've ever gotten in my whole life!" - Dave Grohl after performing "Blackbird" during the Oscars' In Memoriam segment.

 

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SHOE ENVY: Several women teetering on tall heels looked with envy at a stage manager's sneakers.

 

Among then was Jennifer Garner, who joked that she had tennis shoes on under her floor-length dress. When the manager responded with shock, she came clean: "I am on six-inch heels like every other celebrity."

 

Whoopi Goldberg, who rehearsed wearing Crocs, also confessed some shoe issues.

 

"I don't have on the heels I was supposed to have on," she said. "I put on what was comfortable."

 

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"I need my mum." - Sam Smith after winning best original song for "Writing's on the Wall."

 

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BATTLE OF THE OSCAR WINNERS: As the show wound down to its final categories, the night's winners gathered backstage.

 

Adam McKay, who won for adapting "The Big Short" screenplay, chatted with best actress Brie Larson.

"This is well deserved," he told her. "Tom's isn't," he said, referring to "Spotlight" screenwriter and director Tom McCarthy.

 

"You definitely worked your (tail) off," McKay continued. "Tom did not."

 

As this exchange was taking place, McCarthy's film, "Spotlight," won best picture.

 

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"Tell me where to go. I have no idea." - an elated Brie Larson, coming off stage with her new Oscar.

 

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LIST OF 88TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS

List of winners at Sunday's 88th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

Best Picture: "Spotlight."

Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant."

Actress: Brie Larson, "Room."

Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies."

Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl."

Directing: Alejandro G. Inarritu, "The Revenant."

Foreign Language Film: "Son of Saul."

Adapted Screenplay: "The Big Short."

Original Screenplay: "Spotlight."

Animated Feature Film: "Inside Out."

Production Design: "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Cinematography: "The Revenant."

Sound Mixing: "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Sound Editing: "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Original Score: "The Hateful Eight."

Original Song: "Writing's on the Wall" from "Spectre."

Costume Design: "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Documentary Feature: "Amy."

Documentary (short subject): "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness."

Film Editing: "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Makeup and Hairstyling: "Mad Max: Fury Road."

Animated Short Film: "Bear Story."

Live Action Short Film: "Stutterer."

Visual Effects: "Ex Machina."

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THE LATEST: SYLVESTER STALLONE SOAKING IN OSCARS HOOPLA

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Latest on the 88th annual Academy Awards being presented Sunday at the Dolby Theatre (all times local):

 

4:50 p.m.

Veteran actors have a different perspective on all the Oscars hoopla.

 

So says Sylvester Stallone, up for a best supporting actor award for his role in "Creed." During the initial hoopla of the first "Rocky," Stallone said he didn't really appreciate what it all meant. Now he's just soaking it in.

 

Stallone told The Associated Press on the red carpet that "all the aches and pains go away. You feel reborn."

 

Same thing for Bryan Cranston, competing for best actor after playing the lead role in "Trumbo." He says he's just a kid from California's San Fernando Valley who can't quite believe his "fairy tale" life as an actor. He says he never wants to forget how lucky he is.

 

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4:30 p.m.

He may be a former Super Bowl champion, but on the Oscars red carpet he's just Aaron Rodgers - the boyfriend of Olivia Munn.

 

The Green Bay Packers quarterback dutifully stood back as media outlets interviewed his actress girlfriend.

 

At one point, with not much to do, he chatted up rapper and Oscar winner Common.

 

- Nekesa Moody, @nekesamumbi

 

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4:20 p.m.

Dave Grohl is attending his first Oscars, so the Foo Fighters frontman made sure to arrive in plenty of time.

 

Fans in the red-carpet bleachers responded by showering him with love, cheering and shouting his name.

 

Grohl responded with a big smile and a hearty wave.

Other early arrivals include songwriter Diane Warren, young actor Jacob Tremblay of "Room" and Whoopi Goldberg.

 

- Beth Harris @bethharrisap

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3:50 p.m.

Veteran actor Louis Gossett Jr. sympathizes with the protesters who say the Oscars should better represent the nation's diversity, but he and colleague Whoopi Goldberg had no interest in boycotting the event.

 

Gossett says that if the Oscars are going to change, it has to come from the inside.

 

He spoke to The Associated Press Sunday on the red carpet heading into the event. The 79-year-old actor, who performed in "Roots" and "An Officer and a Gentleman," let his feelings be known when asked who he was rooting for at the Oscars. He mentioned Will Smith, who was not nominated for his role in the movie, "Concussion."

 

Goldberg, also on the red carpet, says boycotts are a pain.

 

She said: "If you really want to protest, then don't go to the movies that don't have the people you want to see."

 

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3:40 p.m.

Mark Ruffalo and the director of "Spotlight" have joined a group protesting sex abuse in the Catholic Church before Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.

 

The Los Angeles Times reports Sunday that Ruffalo and director Tom McCarthy joined a group of about 20 people protesting sex abuse in the Catholic Church outside Los Angeles' downtown cathedral.

 

Ruffalo is nominated for best supporting actor for his role as a tenacious investigative reporter who helped uncover abuse by Catholic priests in a series for the Boston Globe. The film is also nominated for best picture, and McCarthy is nominated for best director and as a co-writer of the script.

 

The rally was one of several nationwide organized by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

The Times reports Ruffalo told the group, "I'm here to stand with the survivors and the victims and the people we've lost from Catholic priest childhood sex abuse."

 

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3:25 p.m.

He's not up for an Academy Award but there's a reason chef Wolfgang Puck gets one of the loudest ovations of any celebrity on the Oscar red carpet: chocolate.

 

Puck's arrival Sunday created a fan frenzy in the Oscar bleachers outside the Dolby Theatre when he tossed handfuls of plastic-wrapped chocolate Oscars to the crowd.

 

Fans scrambled to grab the tasty treats, which will also be served to celebrities at the post-Oscars Governors Ball.

 

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3:10 p.m.

Rev. Al Sharpton is threatening larger protests if the Academy Awards ever has an all-white slate of actors nominated for Oscars again.

 

Sharpton addressed a group of several dozen protesters near the Dolby Theatre where the Oscars will be handed out Sunday evening. He has called for a boycott of the 88th annual awards show and told the group he will organize larger protests if diversity complaints are not addressed.

 

Sharpton says, "This will be the last night of an all-white Oscars."

 

All 20 actors nominated Sunday are white. Sharpton criticized the Oscars for failing to nominate films such as "Straight Outta Compton," ''Creed" or "Concussion" for any of its top honors.

 

Sharpton led the group in a march around the parking lot of a vacant shopping center in Hollywood. The group shouted, "This is what diversity looks like!"

The Oscars are being hosted by comedian Chris Rock and Sharpton did not want to criticize him.

 

Sharpton says, "He tells jokes, I tell the truth."

Sharpton also said his group is not protesting actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio, who is nominated for best actor. Sharpton says, "We are not anti-Leonardo. We are anti-exclusion."

 

- Derrik J. Lang (@derrikjlang on Twitter)

 

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2:50 p.m.

The weather is perfect for the Oscars red carpet.

Skies are partly sunny in Los Angeles and it's 73 degrees on Hollywood Boulevard outside the Dolby Theatre with a slight breeze.

 

It's a far cry from last year's cold and showery conditions.

 

There's no plastic covering the carpet, leaving it open to reveal a palm tree backdrop along the boulevard.

 

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2:30 p.m.

Protesters urging a boycott of the Academy Awards are congregating near the venue where the awards are being presented Sunday.

 

Dozens of protesters converged on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Highland Avenue holding signs and calling for more diversity in feature films. The protest site is near the Dolby Theatre and on a route traveled by many Oscars attendees and media covering the ceremony.

 

Some of the signs include the slogans, "Hollywood Must do Better" and "Shame on You."

 

Protesters also yelled, "Hollywood, Hollywood, you ain't looking so good" and "I got to be up on that screen."

 

The protests are part of a boycott of the 88th annual Academy Awards organized by Rev. Al Sharpton.

Sharpton called this year's ceremony, which features an all-white slate of acting nominees, the "white Oscars" during a press conference Sunday.

 

- Derrik J. Lang (@derrikjlang on Twitter)

 

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9 a.m.

Hollywood is bracing for an Academy Awards that more than any in recent memory, has the feel of a high-stakes showdown.

 

After a second straight year of all-white acting nominees prompted industry-wide scrutiny, viewers and stars alike are hanging on the opening words of host Chris Rock. The Dolby Theatre ceremony, which begins at 8:30 p.m. EST, stands at the center of a swirling storm over diversity in the movies and at the Oscars. Protests are planned near the red carpet and some viewers are organizing a boycott of the broadcast.

The Academy Awards, normally decorous and predictable, are this year charged with enough politics and uncertainty to rival an election debate.

 

Best picture is considered up for grabs, with "The Revenant," ''The Big Short" and "Spotlight" in the mix.

 

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OSCAR REHEARSALS BECKON A PARADE OF DRESSED-DOWN STARS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jared Leto presented an Oscar to Margot Robbie. Patricia Arquette gave one to Morgan Freeman. Chris Evans tried to claim a golden guy for himself. Kevin Hart, meanwhile, took a quick call while standing on the Oscar stage.

 

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Saturday is rehearsal day for the superstar presenters appearing on Sunday's Academy Awards, and a parade of celebrities came through the Dolby Theatre to practice reading their lines and hitting their marks.

 

The ever-confident Hart - who told the person on the other end of the phone line, "I'm doing this and I'm out" - said he expected his rehearsal to be a "piece of ca-za-ke."

 

 

"Where am I sitting?" he asked no one in particular. "I was about to say all the black people should be in the first row."

 

The comedian arrived wearing jeans and sneakers, which worked out well as he had to move quickly when a large stage element came crashing down after he finished his lines.

 

 

"That's what rehearsals are for," he said as a dozen stagehands worked to upright the fallen piece. "All right, guys. My part was great, though!"

 

Arquette improvised as she read the nominees in the category she's presenting, describing one as "very foxy" and awarding the prop Oscar to Freeman.

 

 

"It's a total upset victory!" she said with a giggle.

When Whoopi Goldberg returned to the Oscar stage, she addressed the audience of rehearsal actors.

 

"You guys are sitting (here) all day? Good God," said Goldberg, who has hosted the show four times. "But it's kind of neat, right? I like it, too."

 

 

Leto and Robbie laughed through their rehearsal. First, Leto read the actress' name when he opened the winners' envelope, then he intentionally fumbled the prop Oscar (in this case, a plain plastic water bottle) and dropped it on the floor.

 

Cate Blanchett was the most scrupulous in her rehearsal, running through her presentation several times.

 

"Is it here? Did I stop in my spot? Ish?" she asked the stage manager, adding, "You can always re-cast."

Other stars rehearsing Saturday included Emily Blunt, Chadwick Boseman, Jason Segel, Olivia Munn, J.J. Abrams, Dev Patel and Daisy Ridley.

 

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ACADEMY AWARDS STAGE WILL BE DRESSED UP IN GOLDEN 1970S GLAM

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Oscars are going disco - or at least embracing the gilded glamor of the 1970s.

A fringe of gold and silver sequins dangle over the final stretch of the red carpet, and the stage for Sunday's show was inspired by the glittery, glam styles of the disco era.

 

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Production designer Derek McLane said the '70s were on his mind when he was creating the look for the Oscar stage, which will be framed by 20,000 pounds of golden Swarovski crystals.

 

"I was really influenced by... 1970s glam in this year's design, so the radiating crystals in the proscenium are definitely part of that," said McLane, who won an Emmy Award for his design of the 2014 Oscar set.

 

"That was one of my favorite periods of American filmmaking. So many exciting movies were made then. And that sense of high glamor from that period really feels like a certain type of Hollywood that is sexy and glamorous and meets the fantasy of people who dream about what Hollywood is."

 

The gold lame look also goes with the Oscars' theme this year, "We all dream in gold."

 

McLane said he's still waiting for a few more stage elements to be delivered and will be tweaking things until Saturday night's dress rehearsal.

 

The 88th Academy Awards (and McLane's fourth as production designer) will be broadcast Sunday on ABC.

 

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DAVID HASSELHOFF BACK IN THE TV SWIM WITH 'HOFF THE RECORD'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- David Hasselhoff will be making a splash on TV next month.

 

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To mark the American debut of his U.K. series, "Hoff the Record," on AXS TV, the channel says it will salute the "Baywatch" star with a March 26 mini-marathon starting at 3 p.m. EST.

 

One highlight: Hasselhoff will be interviewed by Dan Rather for the newsman's AXS series, "The Big Interview."

The tribute also will feature clips from Hasselhoff shows and movies including "Baywatch" and "Knight Rider," with the actor sharing anecdotes from his career.

 

"Hoff the Record" will start 9 p.m. EST March 31. The six-episode comedy stars Hasselhoff as a fictional version of himself as he moves to England to renew his career.

 

After the show's premiere, Hasselhoff will host the season debut of the AXS stand-up series, "Gotham Comedy Live."

 

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KENNY CHESNEY, CARRIE UNDERWOOD TO PERFORM AT ACM AWARDS

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line and Cam will perform at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

 

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The awards show will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3 on CBS, ACM and dick clark productions announced Thursday. The ceremony will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley.

 

Singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton leads the awards with seven nominations, followed by Eric Church and new singer Cam with six nominations each.

 

More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Chesney will close out the Party for a Cause festival after the awards show.

 

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OSCAR PREDICTIONS: WHAT WILL WIN AND WHAT SHOULD WIN

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ahead of Sunday's 88th Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony that has everyone guessing:

 

BEST PICTURE

The Nominees: "The Big Short," ''Bridge of Spies," ''Brooklyn," ''Mad Max: Fury Road," ''The Martian," ''The Revenant," ''Room," ''Spotlight."

BAHR:

Will Win: "The Revenant's" bravado will match its awards tally.

Should Win: "Mad Max: Fury Road" is a visionary filmmaking coup of a different kind, and, unlike "The Revenant," Miller's raging road opera is the definite classic of the bunch.

Should Have Been a Contender: It still boggles the mind why Todd Haynes' period romance "Carol" was overlooked. It is filmmaking at its best.

COYLE:

Will Win: No one really knows. "The Revenant" has the momentum, but consensus is elusive. Panicked voices everywhere can be heard exclaiming "The guilds are all over the map!" In the end, I go with "The Big Short" because the Producers Guild has been the best forecaster in recent years.

Should Win: It may lack some cinematic punch, but the sturdy "Spotlight" is the closest thing we have to a new Sydney Lumet classic.

Should Have Been a Contender: "Carol" and "Creed." The absence here of Todd Haynes' majestic '50s dream is a glaring oversight. And it took too long for people to realize just how good Ryan Coogler's "Rocky" sequel is.

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BEST ACTOR

The Nominees: Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo"; Matt Damon, "The Martian"; Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"; Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"; Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl."

BAHR:

Will Win: DiCaprio. He had us at "raw bison."

Should Win: DiCaprio's inevitable win can be both boring and merited. If only we could guarantee that the Academy was choosing him for his actual performance and not the behind-the-scenes suffering.

Should Have Been a Contender: When did we start taking the greatness of the Tarantino/Samuel L. Jackson pairing for granted? Jackson's speechifying, Lincoln-letter carrying Union soldier in "The Hateful Eight" is a performance that will live long beyond DiCaprio's tussle with that bear.

COYLE:

Will Win: DiCaprio. It's "his year," as they say. But I would love to see what lengths his Oscar crusade would go to if he didn't win. What would he eat in his next film? What animal carcass would he sleep in?

Should Win: It's a weak year for the men. Can I pass?

Should Have Been a Contender: Michael B. Jordan of "Creed" and 2013's "Fruitvale Station" has twice been unfairly overlooked here. But what about Al Pacino as an aged rock star in "Danny Collins"? It was one of the year's most underrated films. (And that surprised me, too.)

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BEST ACTRESS

The Nominees: Cate Blanchett, "Carol"; Brie Larson, "Room"; Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"; Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"; Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn."

BAHR:

Will Win: Brie Larson. She gives about 10 incredible performances in a single film and has won everything so far.

Should Win: Obvious grit trumps nuance at the Oscars, but Charlotte Rampling tore out many a heartstring as a jealous woman in "45 Years."

Should Have Been a Contender: Bel Powley made the sexual awakening of a teenager (with her mom's adult boyfriend no less) seem neither too exploitative nor celebratory in the criminally underseen "The Diary of a Teenage Girl."

COYLE:

Will Win: Brie Larson has this in the bag. She's a terrifically natural performer and a real talent. But, for me, she was better in "Short Term 12" than in the mawkishly manipulative "Room."

Should Win: In a strong field, Cate Blanchett slips by because of the regularity of her quality. In "Carol," she's both devastating and exhilarating.

Should Have Been a Contender: Bel Powley's hip-swinging '70s San Francisco teenager in "Diary of a Teenage Girl" was a sensational breakthrough.

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BEST SUPPORING ACTOR

The Nominees: Christian Bale, "The Big Short"; Tom Hardy, "The Revenant"; Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"; Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"; Sylvester Stallone, "Creed."

BAHR:

Will Win: Sylvester Stallone, but it'll be more about his legacy than "Creed."

Should Win: Mark Rylance made his subtlety affecting Soviet spy more lovable than Tom Hanks in "Bridge of Spies."

Should Have Been a Contender: Nicholas Hoult. It takes quite a performance to upstage the bellowing visuals of "Mad Max: Fury Road."

COYLE:

Will Win: There's potential intrigue here, but the swell around Stallone is a fitting honor for the actor who's spent three myth-making decades as Rocky Balboa.

Should Win: Mark Rylance gives "Bridge of Spies" a serene glow. The combination of him and Tom Hanks is riveting: one of the theater's greats meets one of the movies'.

Should Have Been a Contender: The thundering Idris Elba is the obvious answer for his rebel commander in "Beast of No Nation." But Michael Shannon in most things is a good answer, too, and he was in grand, imposing form in Ramin Bahrani's "99 Homes."

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BEST SUPPORING ACTRESS

The Nominees: Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"; Rooney Mara, "Carol"; Rachel McAdams, "Spotlight"; Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"; Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs."

BAHR:

Will Win: Alicia Vikander, for giving a soul to "The Danish Girl."

Should Win: Alicia Vikander, for "The Danish Girl," sure, but also as a secret nod to the scope of her work this year in both "Ex Machina" and "Testament of Youth."

Should Have Been a Contender: There are few performances that have moved, entertained, and stayed with me as much as Mya Taylor's sultry transgender lounge-singing stunner did in "Tangerine."

COYLE:

Will Win: Alicia Vikander will win for "The Danish Girl," as voters honor not only her intelligent performance in that film, but a year full of standout work.

Should Win: Vikander, but for her slinky artificial intelligence in "Ex Machina."

Should Have Been a Contender: Cobie Smulders, best known for "How I Met Your Mother," ran away with Andrew Bujalski's "Results" as a comically intense personal trainer.

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BEST DIRECTOR

The Nominees: "The Big Short," Adam McKay; "Mad Max: Fury Road," George Miller; "The Revenant," Alejandro G. Inarritu; "Room," Lenny Abrahamson; "Spotlight," Tom McCarthy.

BAHR:

Will Win: Alejandro Inarritu, and it'll be deserved and an incredible achievement.

Should Win: George Miller, and it will also be deserved.

Should Have Been a Contender: There are so many this year - Ridley Scott ("The Martian") and Todd Haynes ("Carol") among them - but I would like to have seen Sean Baker in here for his incredibly inventive and utterly engaging "Tangerine."

COYLE:

Will Win: The Inarritu repeat seems to be in effect. "The Revenant" isn't shy about its filmmaking, but Inarritu's audacious long shots and ravishing frontier wilderness offer a quality hard to come by: the awe of something not seen before.

Should Win: George Miller's "Mad Max: Fury Road" is a crazy puzzle of a movie trying to stretch the language of film just like "The Revenant," but in opposite directions: with rapid cutting and feverish surrealism.

Should Have Been a Contender: Andrew Haigh's "45 Years" earned a nod for Charlotte Rampling and acclaim for her co-star, Tom Courtenay. But neither would have been possible without the acutely observant eye of Haigh.

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Trump Goes Home to 'Fuller House' - See What Happens

"THE TONIGHT SHOW" - TRUMP PARODY

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Imagine watching as Donald Trump returns to his boyhood home. Now, picture The Donald being one of the Tanner kids from "Full House." That was the premise of a bit on "The Tonight Show" last night. Jimmy Fallon, as Trump, says he's worried people will think he's a loser if he doesn't get the GOP nomination.

 

 

The bit was a reunion for most of the Full House cast, including Bob Saget, John Stamos and Dave Couiler. Stamos, as Uncle Jesse, assures Trump they'll be proud of him if he becomes president, and even prouder if he loses. Most of the Full House cast is also in the series reboot "Fuller House," which makes its debut on Netflix this month.

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COURT UPHOLDS DISMISSAL OF VETERAN'S SUIT OVER 'HURT LOCKER'

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of an Iraq War veteran's lawsuit against the makers of the "The Hurt Locker" that claimed the Oscar-winning film portrayed him in a bad light.

 

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The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued Wednesday says dismissing Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver's 2009 lawsuit against director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal was proper. Sarver, a bomb-disposal technician who was shadowed by Boal in Iraq, contended the film defamed him by portraying him as obsessed with death.

 

Wednesday's ruling states the film is protected by the First Amendment. It also states the film's fictional protagonist, even if he is based on Sarver, was shown to be a heroic figure.

 

Sarver's attorney, Michael Dezsi, says the ruling is disappointing, and he's considering how to proceed.

 

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HOW TO CATCH UP ON OSCAR NOMINATED FLICKS ONLINE _ SORT OF

NEW YORK (AP) -- The good news for those trying to catch up on Oscar-nominated flicks: A little more than half are available for streaming online.

 

The bad news: Nearly half aren't.

 

The somewhat-less-bad, but still-not-good news: Apart from documentaries, few of the nominees are available through all-you-can-watch subscriptions such as Netflix and HBO Now. That means you'll have to pay a fair bit to rent or buy individual movies - typically $4 or $5 to rent and $10 to $15 to buy (even more for high-definition quality). True, there are also cheaper and less legal ways to watch, but we aren't going there.

 

Five of the eight best-picture nominees are available online. Add the acting categories, and you can watch nine of the 15 nominees. In all, you can watch 30 of the 57 nominated full-length movies and shorts. An additional two, including best-picture nominee "Brooklyn," are due out before the Feb. 28 awards show.

 

Here's your viewing guide:

 

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BEST PICTURE AND DIRECTING

"Mad Max: Fury Road" is the only best-picture nominee available through a subscription service, HBO Now. If you have a cable subscription with HBO, you can catch it on HBO Go. You can buy, but not rent, "Mad Max" through iTunes, Google Play or Amazon.

 

"Spotlight" and "Room" are available only as a purchase for now, though iTunes says you can start renting either next Tuesday. "Bridges of Spies" and "The Martian" are available to buy or rent. "Brooklyn" is coming next Tuesday, though a rental option might not be available right away.

 

For "The Big Short" and "The Revenant," you still need to head to the theater. Although major services are taking advance orders, none say when it will be available. Don't be duped if you see "The Revenant" on Amazon - it's an unrelated 2009 movie with the same name.

 

All five nominees for best directing overlap with best picture, so if you manage all eight, you're good to go. Once again, you'll need to visit a theater for "The Big Short" and "The Revenant."

 

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ACTING CATEGORIES

Except for "Mad Max," the best-picture nominees have contenders for one or more acting categories as well.

None of the eight remaining movies with acting nominees are available through a subscription service.

"Creed" and "The Danish Girl" are available for purchase; iTunes says "The Danish Girl" can also be rented starting Tuesday. "Trumbo" is available to buy or rent - get the 2015 drama starring Bryan Cranston, not the 2007 documentary. "Steve Jobs" is also available to buy or rent through several leading services, including iTunes - the service the real Jobs founded as Apple's CEO.

 

"Carol" will be released online on March 4 - too late for your Oscar pools. You can advance-order "Joy" and "The Hateful Eight," but there's no firm release date listed. You'll also need to find "45 Years" in theaters.

 

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SCREENPLAY NOMINEES

"Ex Machina" is available with an Amazon Prime subscription and for rent or purchase through most leading services.

 

"Room" and "Spotlight" require a purchase, at least until next week, while "Bridges of Spies," ''Inside Out," ''Straight Outta Compton" and "The Martian" can be rented or bought (to rent "Inside Out," go to Amazon).

"Brooklyn" is coming next Tuesday. That means theatrical visits for "Carol" and "The Big Short."

 

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FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARIES

All five nominees are available online.

"Amy" is available to Amazon Prime subscribers, while "Cartel Land," ''What Happened, Miss Simone?" and "Winter on Fire: Ukraine's Fight for Freedom" are available on Netflix. "Amy" and "Cartel Land" are also available for rent or purchase. The other two were produced by Netflix, so you won't find them elsewhere.

 

"The Look of Silence" is available to rent or buy through leading services.

 

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FULL-LENGTH CARTOONS

"Inside Out" and "Shaun The Sheep Movie" are the only ones available to rent or buy.

 

"Anomalisa" isn't expected online until March 15. "Anomalisa" and "Boy and the World" are still playing in theaters - at least in a few major U.S. cities. "When Marnie Was There" is no longer in theaters, though you can buy a DVD or Blu-ray disc. (A side note: Most movies released online are also available on disc, but that's so old-school).

 

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THE 15 SHORTS

Netflix - and only Netflix - has "World of Tomorrow," nominated for animated short, and "Chau, Beyond The Lines" and "Last Day of Freedom," both nominated for documentary short. "Ave Maria," nominated for live action short, is available for purchase on iTunes. The rest aren't available online yet.

 

The cable channel Shorts HD sometimes sells bundles of Oscar-nominated shorts online, but there's no word yet on its plans this year. The shorts nominees are much easier to catch in theaters these days, but doing so requires getting off the couch.

 

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE

"Theeb" is expected online Friday, at least for buying. Advance orders are being taken for the remaining four nominees, but there are no firm dates yet. All four have limited theatrical releases, which means you might have to get to New York or Los Angeles if you're not already there.

 

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THE REST

There are nine movies nominated only for other, lower-profile categories such as music and makeup.

Eight of them are available for purchase, and some are also available as rentals. In addition, "Fifty Shades of Grey" can be streamed with an HBO Now subscription, while "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared" comes with Amazon Prime. "Cinderella" is available through Starz as a $9-a-month supplement to an Amazon Prime membership.

 

That leaves just one more: "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Advance orders are being taken for a digital copy, but there's no release date yet. Nominated for various technical categories and best original score, the continuation of George Lucas' space saga is still playing in theaters - widely.

 

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SUPER BOWL ADS THE LATEST: HELEN MIRREN INSULTS DRUNK DRIVERS

NEW YORK (AP) -- The latest developments in Super Bowl commercials before, during and after the Big Game:

 

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10:15 p.m.

For its fourth and final ad of the night, Anheuser-Busch bet that Americans still love being scolded by the British.

 

The ad showed actress Helen Mirren admonishing people who might think about drinking and driving. She called anyone who'd drive drunk "short sighted" ''utterly useless" and "oxygen wasting" - just in time for the trip home for anyone watching the game from a sports bar.

 

She then raised a bottle of Budweiser to drink.

Anheuser-Busch pulled out all the stops with celebrities this year. An earlier ad featured Amy Schumer, Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd.

 

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9:50 p.m.

Maybe it really does take guts to win the Super Bowl - at least if you're an advertiser hoping to stand out in the scrum.

 

First there was an ad about "opioid-induced constipation." Then another followed for a drug that treats abdominal pain and diarrhea.

 

The first ad featured a man eyeing prunes in a store window and envying another man who went in a public bathroom with ease. The latter ad was more cerebral; in it, a cartoon pile of pink intestines travels to a big football game, only to face a sudden urge to, well, go. With a drug called Xiafaxan, the idea is that pile of guts can cheer from the stands without unwanted interruptions.

 

While it may not have had the cachet of the lower bowel, fans of medical-condition ads will be happy to know that the Jublia toenail-fungus mascot also made an appearance in the fourth quarter.

 

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9:20 p.m.

For the second year in a row, an NFL-sponsored Super Bowl ad has focused on ending domestic violence. The NFL donated airtime for the spot from No More, an advocacy group that works to combat domestic violence and sexual assault.

 

The ad's timing may raise eyebrows. On Friday, Dallas police said they're launching a criminal investigation into a domestic-violence assault complaint filed against Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. The NFL said it has reached out to Manziel's family offering help.

 

Last year's ad followed the NFL's suspension (later overturned) of running back Ray Rice for punching his then-fiance in a casino elevator. That ad featured a woman pretending to order a pizza while calling the police with her attacker still in the house.

 

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8:30 p.m.

Remember that Puppymonkeybaby creature from the Mountain Dew Kickstart commercial back in the first quarter? It combined the head of a puppy, the torso of a monkey and the diaper-wearing bottom of a baby.

 

 

Meet #puppymonkeybaby

Posted by Mountain Dew on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

 

 

The nightmare creature already has its own parody Twitter account, which notes it is not "associated with whatever the hell that Puppy Monkey Baby was supposed to be advertising." It lists its location as "Hell," so it likely is not run by PepsiCo's social media team.

 

"I am a crime against nature. Why would someone create me just to sell soda? Please let me die," it tweeted.

 

The account had nearly 3,000 followers as of 8:20 p.m.

 

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8:20 p.m.

How many Cokes does the Hulk need to quench his thirst? Apparently a dainty mini-can will do the trick.

 

The surprise ad featured the green superhero leaping off buildings and chasing Ant-Man (played by Paul Rudd) through city streets for a mini-Coke.

 

The ad reflects Coke's rejiggered strategy of focusing on smaller cans and bottles. The idea is that they're marketed as more premium products than 20-ounce bottles - and fetch more money per ounce.

 

Coke says the focus on smaller sizes also dovetails with the trend of Americans cutting back on soda, as sugary drinks coming under fire from health advocates.

 

 

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8:15 p.m.

Super Bowl viewers now know more than many might want to know about "opioid-induced constipation."

 

The ad showed a man suffering from the condition, envying another man who emerges from a public restroom after just having gone, then eyeing prunes in a store window. A snail is shown to illustrate how slowed down and wound up his insides feel.

 

A voiceover notes that "OIC" is a "different type of constipation" related to use of pain medication. The ad flashes the URL for a website by pharmaceutical makers AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo.

 

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7:50 p.m.

Yet more political campaign spending. Anheuser-Busch spent millions of dollars for an ad touting its "Bud Light Party." It's one of four ads the brewer is running this year - one in each quarter.

 

The "Bud Light Party" ad in the second quarter played on the election season, featuring Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen as candidates. The two comedians try to bring people together by promoting things everyone can agree on, like actor Paul Rudd and beer.

 

Anheuser-Busch's ad during the first quarter was for Michelob Ultra - that was the one that featured athletes breathing deeply. Two more to come.

 

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7:25 p.m.

Complaints are popping up on Twitter from people saying they're having trouble streaming the game on Apple TV.

 

When asked about the problem, an Apple TV representative pointed to a tweet by CBS Sports' Help Team responding to a customer complaint.

 

The tweet said: "We are aware of stream issues for Apple TV. Our team is diligently working on a fix. Thank you for your patience."

 

The account had replied to many customer complaints with a similar line by 7:25 p.m.

 

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7: 15 p.m.

 

The world just met a frightening creature out of a nightmare called the Puppymonkeybaby.

 

Puppy Monkey Baby

 

PepsiCo introduced the hybrid animal with an ad for its Mountain Dew Kickstart.

 

The ad plays off the idea that Kickstart is "three awesome things combined" - "Dew," juice and caffeine. Likewise, the ad features a dancing creature that is a mashup of a puppy, a monkey and a baby.

 

Once you remember that Kickstart is marketed toward younger men, the ad might make a little more sense. According to its website, the drinks are 5 percent juice, with a 12-ounce can containing 60 calories.

 

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7: p.m.

Taco Bell has been trying to build buzz for its newest menu item, which it says will be unveiled in a Super Bowl ad. But close watchers of the chain have already guessed it will be a "Quesalupa."

 

Several websites have noted that the creation - which features a cheese-stuffed shell - was tested in Toledo last year.

 

Maybe stuffing cheese into new places is a corporate directive by parent company Yum Brands. Yum also owns Pizza Hut, which is famous for its "Stuffed Crust" pizza.

 

Without confirming anything, Taco Bell has only said that its new mystery item will be its "biggest launch to date." But Nomura analyst Mark Kalinowski notes it would take "quite a bit" for the Quesalupa to outperform the chain's Doritos Locos .

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6:30 p.m.

Does Quicken Loans remember the financial crisis? The game hasn't started, but its ad has already ruffled feathers on Twitter.

 

The ad touts the simplicity of getting Quicken's "Rocket Mortgage" on a mobile phone - a jarring reminder to some of the housing bubble and subsequent financial crisis. The ad was released early online, and is set to air during the first quarter.

 

A narrator paints a scenario where a "tidal wave of ownership floods the country with new homeowners, who now must own other things." Then she asks, "Isn't that the power of America itself?"

 

It's one of those ads where convenience blends seamlessly into unabashed consumerism that struck some viewers as tone-deaf after the housing bubble.

The spot ends with the words "Push Button Get Mortgage" flashing on the screen.

 

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5:00 p.m.

Watch out for celebrities, cute animals and humor. Super Bowl advertisers are turning to a mix of tried-and-true crowd pleasers for the game's 50th anniversary.

 

With a 30-second spot costing an estimate $5 million, many advertisers are skipping the crass humor to play it relatively safe.

 

Uplifting messages and "cause advertising" also give this year's ads a more grown-up feel. Budweiser features British actress Helen Mirren telling people why drunken driving is a bad idea. SunTrust urges people to let go of financial stress. Colgate Palmolive tells people to "Save Water."

 

Many companies also released ads online early in hopes of generating extra buzz. But there are still a few surprises left, with Taco Bell, Chrysler and Coke yet to release their ads.

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HERE COME THE ADS OF SUPER BOWL 50 _ UPBEAT AND SAFE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Game on. On advertising's biggest night, Super Bowl ads are aiming for optimism.

 

Commercials

 

An Audi ad will show an aging astronaut getting reinvigorated by driving an Audi to the tune of David Bowie's "Starman." Amy Schumer and Seth Rogan will try to unit Americans with the "Bud Light Party." And Axe will tell teenagers to embrace their unique qualities and "Find Your Magic."

 

The stakes are high, with more than 114 million people expected to tune into CBS as the Carolina Panthers duke it out with the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, California. Forty-plus advertisers - including newcomers like Amazon and stalwarts like Anheuser-Busch - have taken a $5 million gamble for a 30-second chance to wow viewers.

 

Instead of slapstick-focused ads or racy messages this year, advertisers are trying to break out with empowering and even heartfelt messages. Pokemon urges kids to "Train on," Michelob Ultra tells exercisers to "Breathe" and SunTrust urges people to let go of financial stress.

 

"The Super Bowl ad party is growing up," said Kelly O'Keefe, a Virginia Commonwealth University marketing professor. "We're telling stories in different ways. The storytelling is better than ever."

 

In an effort to grab early buzz, almost three dozen advertisers released their ads online ahead of the game this year. YouTube says brands that release their ads on YouTube before the game receive an average of 2.2 times more views than those that wait until game day to post an ad.

 

Pokémon released its first ever Big Game ad a full two weeks ago, and amassed more 15.8 million views ahead of the game. Hyundai's "The Chase" ad, which shows people escaping grizzly bears by using Hyundai's remote start feature, was released Monday and surpassed 17 million views by game time.

 

There are still some surprises in store on Game Day. Coke stayed mum on its Avengers-themed ad until game time. Amazon, Chrysler and Taco Bell were also early-buzz holdouts.

 

Ads have a decidedly lighter tone than last year, when a Nationwide ad about preventable household accidents struck many as too dark for the Super Bowl.

Celebrities are helping ads go for laughs. Steven Tyler will sing "Dream On" with a portrait of Steven Tyler - one made of Skittles. Willem Dafoe channels a hungry Marilyn Monroe for Snickers and Drake faces telecom executives trying to make his "Hotline Bling" song sound more like a cell phone contract.

 

Other themes this year include cute animals - Heinz shows wiener dogs frolicking in its ads - and anthemic rock songs, with Acura showcasing its NSX sports car to the tune of Van Halen's "Runnin' With the Devil."

For the most part, advertisers have been playing it extra safe, going for crowd pleasers instead of shock tactics. That has led some to find the Super Bowl ads released so far lacking.

 

"Where's the spice? We're missing a little bit of Tabasco this year," said VCU's O'Keefe.

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RYAN REYNOLDS TORN ABOUT PICKING BETWEEN MANNING, NEWTON

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Ryan Reynolds will be watching Sunday's Super Bowl - he's just not sure which team he wants to win.

 

Ryan Reynolds

 

The Canadian actor said he's a fan of both the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.

 

"I love Peyton, I've watched him my whole life, but I also really like the story of Cam Newton. I just think he's amazing," he said.

 

While he wasn't picking sides, he did joke that the Panthers would win by a longshot: "I think they're going to win by about 100 points."

 

Though Reynolds was in San Francisco on Saturday - about an hour away from the big game - he said he was going to watch the Super Bowl with his actress-wife Blake Lively and daughter from his own couch.

"I'm going to watch it from the comfort of my own home. I have a one-year-old daughter and I'm getting back to her and my wife and we're going to watch it there, so I'm out of here tonight," he said.

 

Reynolds was busy promoting his new film, "Deadpool," about the Marvel antihero known for his salty language and off-humor. Though he was torn about his Super Bowl pick, that wasn't the case for his co-star, actor-comedian T.J. Miller.

 

"Yeah, buddy, I'm from Denver! Mile high till I die. It's the 303," said Miller, who plays Reynolds' best friend in the new film and also stars in HBO's "Silicon Valley."

"Deadpool" is in theaters on Feb. 12. Super Bowl 50 will air live on CBS from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

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