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Pistorius trial: The main players

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A female judge will ultimately decide Oscar Pistorius’ fate and pronounce him innocent or guilty of murder in his girlfriend’s shooting death on Valentine’s Day last year. South Africa has no trial by jury meaning Judge...

Oscarcast: A fine scene hosted by Ellen DeGeneres

NEW YORK (AP) — With only a week to catch our breath after the lengthy cavalcade of Winter Olympics coverage, this year’s Oscarcast may have seemed a refreshingly snug handout of awards. After all, it lasted only slightly more than three and a half hours, aired on...

’12 Years a Slave’ wins best picture Oscar

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The searing slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” has won the Academy Award for best picture. Directed by British director Steve McQueen, the film is based on a true story and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free man who was...
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’12 Years a Slave’ wins best picture at Oscars

- Lupita Nyong’o poses in the press room with the award for best actress in a supporting role for “12 Years a Slave” during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) - Lupita Nyong’o...

Cate Blanchett wins Oscar for best actress

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cate Blanchett has won the Academy Award for best actress for her bravura performance as a fragile socialite experiencing a meltdown in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.” Blanchett had been deemed the front-runner from the very beginning of...

McConaughey wins Oscar for best actor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matthew McConaughey has won the Academy Award for best actor for his performance as a desperate and determined AIDS patient in “Dallas Buyers Club.” McConaughey lost some 40 pounds for the role, which capped a remarkable recent career...