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Best Picture Nominees Explained, in Infographics

Vulture

Some of the Oscar noms for Best Picture have some of us scratching our heads ("War Horse"… really?), which is why we're thrilled that some person with too much time on their hands genius put together infographics to help explain these critics' darlings.

From pie charts about what "The Descendants"' George Clooney looks like in a Hawaiian shirt (with a segment marked as a "Trader Joe's cashier"), to how the powers-that-be make "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"'s Sandra Bullock seem Jewish (frizzy hair dominates), to a bar graph revealing all the places "The Artist" thinks it's OK to bring your dog (suicide den included!), these visual aids prove as informative as they are inspired. Get More »

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Oscars 2012 Poll: Best Picture

Oscar Poll: Best Picture
Disney / Weinstein / Paramount

The annual Academy Awardsis the biggest event in Hollywood, and we're counting down to the February 26 ceremony with daily polls on all the nominated movies and actors.

The pundits have their predictions about who's going to win at this year's Oscars, but forget them and those persnickety old Oscars voters. Here's YOUR chance to vote on who and what you think deserves to win.

Let's start with the biggest category of them all. Vote and let us know: Which movie will you be rooting for to win Best Picture?

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Oscar Predictions 2012: Who Will Win?
This poll will close at 1 p.m. on February 22, 2012.

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Oscars 2012 Poll: Best Director

Oscar Poll: Best Director
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Oscar Predictions 2012: Who Will Win?
This poll will close at 1 p.m. on February 22, 2012.

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The 2012 Best Picture Nominees Recast With Dogs

The Yelp
NextMovie

It's a dog's world, and we're just living in it.

We had a lot of fun recasting favorite movies with cats, but obviously, we weren't about to ignore our canine friends. Because dogs are awesome. In fact, dog lovers are reveling in the cultural moment right now, what with adorable dog du jour Uggie stealing practically every scene in "The Artist."

So this week, with the help of Old Red Jalopy, NextMovie's gone to the dogs: We've recast all nine Academy Awards Best Picture nominees with dogs in the starring roles. We dare say, some of them look even more interesting than the originals.

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GALLERY: 2012 Oscar Nominees

The 2012 Oscar nominations have been announced, with the usual mix of odds-on favorites and long-shot shockers.

Not so much a "words" person as a "pictures" person? Want to see what Glenn Close looks like as a man? Need to find out who this Demián Bichir fellow (nominated as Best Actor for "A Better Life") actually is? Get your eyes and your clicking finger ready and browse through our gallery of 2012's Oscar-nominated movies and actors.

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WGA Nominations Honor 'Bridesmaids,' 'Descendants'

Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids
Universal

Pencils down!

The Writer's Guild of America has announced its nominees for the year's best screenplays, and Oscar dark horse "Bridesmaids" continues to pick up awards season steam after netting a nod for Best Original Screenplay.

Meanwhile, not unlike the director's films themselves, Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" keeps chugging with understated distinction among a playing field of more colorful candidates as it squares off against not just "Bridesmaids," but "50/50," "Win Win" and "Young Adult."

In general, this year's Original Screenplay competition seems largely comprised of up-and-comers, or at the very least, folks who are still largely outside the traditional Hollywood crowd. Get More »

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The 20 Best Movie Posters of 2011

Since computers took over the traditionally hand-painted posters that graced movie lobbies over the last two decades, things have taken an artistic slide. But there is still a crop of truly awesome, borderline iconic imagery being produced by studios to sell their movies.

We're counting down the best and brightest of this year's slick one-sheets. Generic floating Photoshop heads? Not in this bunch.

Filed Under: Best of 2011 Features

'Avengers' Baddie Hiddleston Shows His Kind Side in 'War Horse'

Tom Hiddleston
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Tom Hiddleston has fast become a fanboy (and girl) favorite for his layered portrayal of slithery sibling Loki in the summer hit "Thor," and his infamy will only grow when he reprises the role (as villain numero uno) in May's hotly anticipated superhero ensemble "The Avengers."

Thankfully there sits "War Horse" smack dab between the Marvel tentpoles, otherwise Hiddleston may fall victim to that time-honored Hollywood tradition: the pigeonhole. Get More »

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The 25 Best Movies of 2011

Best Movies of 2011
Warner Bros. / Columbia Pictures / FilmDistrict

It was the year Harry Potter ended, the Muppets returned, Ryan Gosling drove, Apes rose, Matt Damon bought a zoo, and a bunch of raunchy Bridesmaids made us pee our pants (or wedding dresses) laughing.

Yeah, we're pretty happy with you, 2011 movies.

As for counting down the best of the best, we're happy/relieved to report that coming to an in-house consensus was pretty easy, and entirely non-violent. And our number one pick? Even easier to decide. Get More »

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Woody Allen's in the Mood for Love With 'Midnight in Paris' on DVD and Blu-ray

Midnight in Paris DVD
Sony

Do you know someone -- or perhaps you are someone -- who seems out of step with the current time because he or she deeply romanticizes another era in which they never lived? In Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) is that person, and the era he loves is Paris in the 1920s.

"Midnight in Paris" opens with some gorgeous shots of the City of Light where Gil is vacationing with his fiancée, Inez (Rachel McAdams), and her right-wing parents. Gil is a successful Hollywood screenwriter who dreams of finishing his first novel -- about a nostalgia-shop owner -- in Paris, where many of his literary heroes worked and played. Get More »

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