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Cutting Off Long Oscar Speeches: In Defense Of The Conductor

If you're ever tempted to blame the conductor who plays off the long acceptance speeches, you shouldn't — it's the producer's fault.

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Throwing An Oscar Bash? Here Are Some Ideas

If you're rolling out your own red carpet tonight, we have tips on how to keep your guests full of Oscar-themed food, drinks and challenging trivia.

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