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The Associated Press is counting down to Hollywood’s biggest night on Sunday with daily packages of Oscar-related enterprise stories from around the globe and across all platforms. Here’s the latest lineup, subject to updating. A complete rundown of AP’s Oscar plans on Sunday will be sent again on Friday. For “Oscar Countdown” spot stories, see the daily Entertainment Digest...
CAIRO — “The Square” is the first Egyptian film to be nominated for an Oscar. But while it has enjoyed critical claim outside the country, many Egyptians have yet to see the movie. A controversy has erupted between the government’s censorship authority and the film’s producers, with the authorities saying that the filmmakers didn’t complete the proper paperwork and the producers saying the film has been prohibited for political reasons and the unflattering light in which it shows the military. By Maggie Hyde. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video.
LOS ANGELES — Was it Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” or the folk rock bio pic “Inside Llewyn Davis”? We’ll never know which film, if any, might have been the 10th best picture nominee at this year’s Oscars. As voting concludes ahead of Hollywood’s biggest night on March 2, moviegoers may wonder why there have been only nine nominees for best picture for the last three years when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ rules allow for up to 10. It’s really a coincidence. By Business Writer Ryan Nakashima. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
CAMBODIA AT THE OSCARS
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — For 25 years, Rithy Panh has made movies that he considers his duty as a survivor of genocide and his debt to the dead. In his latest film he recounts his story of personal loss and tormented survival for the first time. “The Missing Picture,” is up for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars, a nomination that is a victory for Panh and for Cambodia. “I don’t have the impression of going to Los Angeles alone,” he says. “I feel like I’m going with my whole country.” By Jocelyn Gecker. SENT: 940 words, photos.
OSCARS-BEST PICTURE RACE
LOS ANGELES — This year’s best picture race at the Academy Awards has shaped up to be one of the most unpredictable in years. The favorites are “12 Years a Slave,” ″Gravity” and “American Hustle.” But few speak with any certainty about who will take home the biggest award at Sunday’s Oscars. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — The young people carrying Oscar statuettes on stage during the big show could be accepting the golden guy themselves one day: All are budding film students who won the chance to appear on the Academy Awards. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT: 600 words, photos.
LOS ANGELES — What happens to onetime Oscar winners who remain just onetime Oscar winners? In the case of Cuba Gooding Jr., if you aren’t destined for a return to the Academy Awards stage, you do a Pepsi commercial for the Oscar show. Others just fade away. By Film Writer Jessica Herndon. 800 words, photos.
MEXICO CITY — Are Mexico citizens proudly embracing the Hollywood success of native son Alfonso Cuaron, the Oscar-nominated director of best-picture favorite “Gravity”? Not necessarily. By Adriana Gomez. 600 words, photos.
MILAN — Paolo Sorrentino’s Fellini-esque film “The Great Beauty” depicts Rome in all of its decadent glory, with luxurious focus on the city’s visual wonders as well as the malaise of some of its inhabitants, a mood that reflects the nation’s ongoing economic and political paralysis. Still, Sorrentino says the movie isn’t meant to be about Rome, the city, or Italy, the country. “It’s about the miseries, splendors, joys of a city. It is only incidental that it concentrates on Italy or Rome,” Sorrentino said. By Colleen Barry. 600 words, photos.
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BRUSSELS — When Belgian film producer Dirk Impens lost out in the Oscars 21 years ago, he remembers swearing to himself never to put on a tuxedo again unless he had another shot at the golden statuette. This Sunday, he’ll be wearing a tux. The small European country of Belgium, birthplace of Audrey Hepburn and Jean-Claude Van Damme, has never won a foreign film Oscar. This year, it has a nominee in “Broken Circle Breakdown,” a heartstring-tugging drama with a bluegrass soundtrack about a man and woman who fall in love and must confront tragedy when their daughter develops cancer. By John-Thor Dahlburg. 600 words on Feb. 26, photos.
LOS ANGELES — Associated Press Film Writers Jake Coyle and Jessica Herndon make their picks for Sunday’s Academy Awards. 900 words on Feb. 26, photos.
JERUSALEM — In the Holy Land, the state of Palestine does not yet exist. But in Hollywood, it’s already got an Oscar finalist. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ announcement that “Omar,” one of this year’s candidates for best foreign language film, hailed from “Palestine” has raised more than a few eyebrows in these parts, where Israelis and the Palestinians are engaged in peace talks aimed at establishing just such a state. By Aron Heller. 800 words on Feb. 25, photos.
OSCARS-RED CARPET READY
LOS ANGELES — The picture-perfect looks to be unveiled on Oscar’s red carpet have been months in the making and often require a team of professionals. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. 600 words on Feb. 25, photos.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A conversation with motion picture academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs about being a black woman in a white man’s world and how she’s working to change the face of one of Hollywood’s oldest institutions. By Film Writer Jessica Herndon, 600 words on Feb. 25, photos.
LOS ANGELES — Oscar producers say viewers can expect lots of Ellen DeGeneres and a tight best-picture race at the 86th Academy Awards. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. 600 words on Feb. 24, photos.
OSCARS-LONG ROAD TO SCREEN
NEW YORK — The development process for any film can be lengthy and full of hurdles. But this year’s crop of Oscar nominees feature many films that were especially close to never happening. “Dallas Buyers Club” took nearly two decades to get made. “The Wolf of Wall Street” was turned down by Warner Bros. in 2008. The long road to the Academy Awards reveals a Hollywood truism: the margin between the dust bin and the red carpet is razor thin. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. 850 words on Feb. 24, photos.
NEW YORK — A few years ago, Matthew McConaughey’s career had bottomed out in rom-com mediocrity. He resolved to alter his path, and the rebirth that followed - the so-called McConaissance - reaches an apogee with his Oscar nomination for his performance in “Dallas Buyers Club.” A film-by-film chart of the McConaughey revival. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. 850 words on Feb. 20, photos.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — After five nominations and no wins, this could be Leonard DiCaprio’s year at the Oscars. He’s got two nominations for acting and producing “The Wolf of Wall Street,” his fifth collaboration with Martin Scorsese. By Film Writer Jessica Herndon. 900 words on Feb. 19, photos.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — After the frenzy that’s followed her gripping performance in “12 Years a Slave,” Lupita Nyong’o wants to be ready for life back home in New York. “I try to keep my regimen — rest, water, eat well, work out - so that when this is all over I don’t experience a total hangover,” she said. Nyong’o is nominated for a best-supporting actress Oscar playing slave Patsey in Steve McQueen’s brutal tale of a free black man kidnapped into slavery in the 19th-century U.S. South. By Film Writer Jessica Herndon. 900 words on Feb. 18, photos.
OSCARS-HAVES AND HAVE NOTS
NEW YORK — The Academy Awards may be one of the most lavish parties for the chosen few, but this year, many of the films nominated for best picture navigate the gap between the haves and have nots. It’s seen in the dusty, dying towns of “Nebraska,” the global inequality of “Captain Phillips” and the get-rich-quick con-artistry of “American Hustle” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. 800 words on Feb. 17, photos.
NEW YORK — After a lifetime of Broadway, regional theater, cabaret, musicals and bit roles in film, June Squibb is, at 84, an Oscar nominee. If she were to win for her caustic, foul-mouthed Midwest matriarch in Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” Squibb would be the oldest to earn an Academy Award for acting. The nomination, Squibb says, has made her feel “like I belong.” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. 850 words on Feb. 13, photos.
LOS ANGELES — The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s 22nd annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibit features this year’s five Oscar nominees, including the slinky, leopard-print gown worn by Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle.” By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. 600 words on Feb. 12, photos.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — When Danish director Thomas Vinterberg wrote the script for “The Hunt” — one of this year’s contenders for Best Foreign Language Film — he pictured a young Robert de Niro as the lonely teacher whose life crumbles because of an innocent lie. By Jan M. Olsen. 400 words on Feb. 12, photos.
BOSTON — Behind the spotlight on this year’s Oscar nominees for best feature documentary is a soft-spoken and camera-shy film professor at Harvard who taught three of the directors in the 1990s, encouraging their work and inspiring them to greatness. By Paige Sutherland. 900 words on Feb. 7, photos.
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A look at the films with the most Academy Award nominations, a mash-up of acceptance speeches and a quiz to test your Oscars knowledge. By AP Interactive staff.
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An Oscar viewing party should be the culinary antithesis of a Super Bowl gathering. Where the latter focuses on big, bold, messy flavors tied together with a whole lot of fat, the Academy Awards call for a more refined dining experience (even if both events are spent on the same couch in front of the same television). So for our refined fare, we opted for a crostini party. By Alison Ladman. 170 words and recipes for 10 party-worthy crostini toppings on Feb. 11, photos.
There’s no Oscar for Best Supporting Cocktail, but maybe there should be. From James Bond’s shaken-not-stirred vodka martini to the pink Champagne concoctions that fueled Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr’s shipboard romance in “An Affair to Remember,” cocktails have often made a big splash on the silver screen. By Michelle Locke. 650 words with recipes on Feb. 11, photos.
Whether you’ll be hosting a crowd or watching solo, Oscar night calls for dinner with a bit of panache. To help you get in the mood, you’ll want to drink something with bubbles. To go with those bubbles, you’ll want some savory, but not too heavy. So I created a simple teriyaki chicken that is served in lettuce wraps. The recipe comes together quickly, but has wonderful savory, yet light, flavors that work perfectly with your cocktails. By AP Food Editor J.M. Hirsch. 190 words and a recipe for teriyaki chicken lettuce wraps on Feb. 14, photos.
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