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With the Oscars happening this Sunday, there's no better time to revisit one of the upcoming ceremony's front-runners than now. We're talking, of course, about "Argo," director and star Ben Affleck's drama based on the true story of the rescue of six American men and women in Tehran after the fall of the Shah.

There's movie-magic involved in "Argo," of course, most especially in the creation of the fake sci-fi adventure the film takes its name from — but the circumstances surrounding the six Americans and how they evaded capture are very real, as seen in this exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette from the "Argo" Blu-ray. See for yourself below:

"Argo" is out on Blu-ray and DVD today (February 19).

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In the weeks leading up to his gig as the host of the Academy Awards, it seems that Seth MacFarlane is getting in some practice spoofing classic films ahead of his big night.

The latest Oscars promo puts a spin on the iconic shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." MacFarlane, obviously, is the annoyed next door neighbor.

Since so much of "Family Guy" depends on bizarre riffs on classic movies and TV, it's not hard to imagine that's the angle MacFarlane will take on his comedic pieces for the ceremony.

How are you feeling about MacFarlane as Oscars host? Let us know what you think in the comments below and on Twitter!

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Django

FROM FILM.COM

The Globes have always been touted—perhaps at best—as a decent predictor of what is to come a few week afterward at the much more important Academy Awards, but what do Sunday night's events tell us about what's going to go down at the end of February?

Joe Reid, the Oscars writer for Film.com, has compiled a list of what he believes to be the biggest takeaways from the Golden Globes.

Perhaps the biggest hint about what could happen at the Oscars came from the wins by "Django Unchained" for Best Supporting Actor and Best Screenplay. The acting category was largely up in the air until Christoph Waltz claimed his second trophy for playing a verbose Tarantino character. The film was rather late to the awards party, but a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards, in addition to the Globes wins, could signal a changing of the winds for the slave Western.

Head over to Film.com for the complete rundown on the Globes!

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By Hannah Soo Park

Forget about all the snubs and surprises. Now that the official list of Academy Award nominations is finally upon us, it's time to test your knowledge about our notable contenders. Whether you're in a heated predictions debate or simply trying to be the know-it-all at your buddy's viewing party, we've got the facts and figures to engage, impress or simply satisfy your inner-Oscar geek.

Who are the newbies and who's been nominated before?
What do Christoph Waltz, Tommy Lee Jones, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert De Niro and Alan Arkin all have in common? Aside from the fact that they're all nominated for Best Supporting Actor (duh), they've also all won in that particular category before. By the way, thank you, Emma Stone, for the "He's already won before" deadpan.

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Lincoln

And so it begins...

The list of nominees for the 85th Academy Awards dropped today, along with our jaws in many categories. No Affleck or Bigelow? Why couldn't there be some more "Skyfall" love? But for now, we'll leave it up to you to decide the greatest injustices of the morning.

Check out the full list below, and be sure to let us know what you think of the nominees on Twitter. Who got snubbed? Which nomination made you the happiest?

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Boy, is it early! But it's never too early for the official start of the road to the Oscars. The 85th Academy Awards begin right here with the reading of the nominations.

Emma Stone and this year's host Seth MacFarlane will be on hand to read off the contender. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" is expected to have a huge showing, with "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Les Miserables" among the other favorites.

Watch it all here live, starting at 8:30 a.m. ET, and stay with us all morning for the rest of your Oscar coverage.

Seth MacFarlane

By Hannah Soo Park

Does the idea of having little comedy laced into the 2013 Oscar nominations announcement sound completely ridiculous?

Well, we're certainly not going to rule out the idea, considering that Seth MacFarlane took to his Twitter to announce that in addition to hosting the actual show, he'll also be the one to read off the list of nominees come Thursday morning. But get this—he's getting a little help from "Gangster Squad" actress Emma Stone: "I'll be announcing the Oscar nominees on Jan. 10 at 5 a.m. [PT] with Emma Stone. We'll also be revealing the name of Kanye & Kim's baby (Zeus)."

So Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone. Now do you understand where we're coming from?

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Two of the awards season's biggest hold-outs, "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Les Misérables," finally screened over the holiday weekend, and any prognosticators who put big money on both films are probably feeling pretty proud of themselves today.

Tom Hooper had just finished the final cut of "Les Mis" when he presented it in New York City shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday. The film version of the mega-musical uses an unorthodox method of capturing the iconic numbers, which involves actors like Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman singing live on set, instead of using a studio recording.

The technique seems to have earned its desired effect, as a round of applause followed each musical number, but critics reserved the highest praise for Hathaway, who is a likely Supporting Actress nominee. "Anne Hathaway could easily win supporting actress," Fandango.com correspondent Dave Karger wrote. "Her 'I Dreamed a Dream' is the showstopper."

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Skyfall

Whether we like it or not Hollywood is in full-fledged awards season mode which, in addition to soon being inundated with "For Your Consideration" print ads and billboards, means that it's never too early for us to start making our own predictions about certain categories.

Hot on the heels of this week's buzzworthy first listen of Neil Flinn's original song for "The Hobbit," I'm dedicating my first prognosticating to one of my favorite and under-appreciated movie-related subjects: Best Original Song. Yes, more people should care about this category! Here are the tracks I hope get the attention they deserve in the next few months:

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Seth MacFarlane

After already adding "feature film writer and director" to his resume this year with "Ted," "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane can now add "Oscar host" to that list.

MacFarlane will host the 85th Academy Awards, which will take place on February 24.

We'll have more details on MacFarlane's hosting gig soon and the rest of your Oscar coverage as the year rolls to a close.

What do you think about Seth MacFarlane hosting the Academy Awards? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter!

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