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Award show veteran Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscars in 2015

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- Neil Patrick Harris is set to host the Oscars next year. The actor and author announced his latest gig online Wednesday. He posted a video on Twitter of him on the phone saying, "I'm in," showing a close-up of his bucket list and circling "Host the Oscars." [...]

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Ellen DeGeneres’ selfie crashes Twitter

Sunday, March 2, 2014
Ellen DeGeneres, APThis image released by Ellen DeGeneres shows actors front row from left, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Peter Nyong’o Jr., and, second row, from left, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o and Angelina Jolie as they pose for a "selfie" portrait on a cell phone during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres' goal of setting a retweet record with her star-studded selfie was achieved before the Oscars telecast was even over. [...]

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Big Oscar night for ‘12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ ‘Gravity’

Sunday, March 2, 2014
Jordan Strauss, Invision/APMatthew McConaughey, from left, holds his award for best actor for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club", Cate Blanchett holds her award for best actress in "Blue Jasmine", Lupita Nyong'o holds her award for best supporting actress for "12 Years a Slave," and Jared Leto holds hi award for best supporting actor in "Dallas Buyers Club" in the press room during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES — Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards. [...]

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Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor Oscar for ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Sunday, March 2, 2014
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LOS ANGELES -- Matthew McConaughey has won the Academy Award for best actor for his performance as a desperate and determined AIDS patient in "Dallas Buyers Club." [...]

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Backstage: Jared Leto in generous mood after acting Oscar win

Sunday, March 2, 2014
Matt Sayles, Invision/APJared Leto, center, arrives with his mother Constance and brother Shannon at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES — Jared Leto wasn't just thinking about himself after winning the best supporting actor Academy Award on Sunday night — his thoughts veered from his mother, the populations of Ukraine and Venezuela and even the reporters who were covering his Oscar glory. [...]

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Jared Leto wins Best Supporting Oscar for ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

Sunday, March 2, 2014
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LOS ANGELES — Jared Leto has won the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his performance as an HIV-positive transgender prostitute in "Dallas Buyers Club." [...]

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Host Ellen DeGeneres is ready to dance on the Oscars stage once again

Sunday, March 2, 2014
Mark J. Terrill, AP (File)In this Feb. 25, 2007 file photo, Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres opens the 79th Academy Awards telecast, in Los Angeles. DeGeneres is returning as host at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2, 2014, after making her Oscar debut in 2007.
Seven years after her Oscar debut, Ellen DeGeneres is back. The 56-year-old TV personality talked with The Associated Press about her plans and preparations for hosting her second Academy Awards on Sunday. [...]

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Ellen DeGeneres has global ‘goal’ for next year’s Oscar telecast

Saturday, November 23, 2013
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LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres has high aspirations for her second time around hosting the Oscars. [...]

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Ellen DeGeneres to host 2014 Oscars

Friday, August 2, 2013
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NEW YORK -- Comic and daytime television host Ellen DeGeneres was picked to host the Academy Awards for the second time. [...]

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Film director Brett Ratner resigns as a producer of Academy Awards telecast following gay slur

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
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LOS ANGELES -- Film director Brett Ratner on Tuesday resigned as one of the producers of the annual Academy Awards telecast after igniting a firestorm of criticism for using a gay slur, in which he said "rehearsal is for fags." [...]

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