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The Onion draws ire for offensive Quvenzhane Wallis tweet -- UPDATE

Well, this ought to harsh your Oscar buzz.

Shortly after last night’s Academy Awards ceremony ended, America’s finest satirical newspaper crossed the line on its Twitter page, as is its wont — but this time, there weren’t many people laughing. The Onion targeted 9-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis, joking that the diminutive star (and future Little Orphan Annie) isn’t quite as sweet as she seems. [UPDATE: The Onion has apologized for the joke. See their mea culpa below.]

Here’s the tweet; beware of crude and offensive language.

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Oscar pool be darned! Which winners would make for the best television on Sunday night?

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With only 55 hours until the 84th annual Academy Awards, there is a subtle shift that takes place where the event suddenly becomes less about the movies we’re supposed to be celebrating and more about the television show itself. Who’s presenting? How will Seth MacFarlane be received? Will Sean Connery be part of the James Bond tribute? Who will be bleeped for profanity?

For months, I’ve debated the merits of the top films, and my choices for the major awards have been etched in cement that dried long before the Golden Globes were even handed out. Lincoln was and is my favorite (this Oscars is as close as I’ll ever come to voting the straight Republican ticket), but now, I find myself pulled in a different direction. The question isn’t necessarily, “Who deserves to win?” but rather, “Whose victory and subsequent acceptance speech will make for the best television?” As someone who’s watched every Oscar ceremony on television since 1983 — I was a disappointed Right Stuff guy then, even though I’d yet to see it or any of its rival Best Picture nominees that year — I am not immune from these forces.

Click below for my list of who I want to see win the major categories, ignoring the actual on-screen performances and based purely on my existence as a couch-potato and Oscar broadcast nerd. These aren’t the selections to refer to when you’re filling out your Oscar pool, but don’t be surprised if they correspond with ABC’s hopes and dreams. READ FULL STORY

Do you hear the people 'Like'?: 'Les Misérables' and 'Django Unchained' come out on top in Facebook pre-Oscar data

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Les Misérables has a heart full of likes on Facebook. (We can keep these puns coming all day.)  The Tom Hooper movie has the most Facebook fans of any best picture nominee with 1.2 million, followed by Django Unchained with 723,000.

Oscar predictions are all about compiling data (and also who gave the best performance and deserves the award most and stuff like that), but even though Les Misérables has fans on Facebook (and here), it still has only 50/1 odds of winning Best Picture, according to Las Vegas Sports Betting. READ FULL STORY

Michelle Obama hosts 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Q&A

Beasts of the Southern Wild may be a small movie, but it’s got a big fan in the White House.

On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the film to about 80 middle- and high-school students from the District of Columbia and New Orleans in town for a Black History Month workshop.

At the White House, the students got to see the film, and then have a Q&A with director Benh Zeitlin and actors Dwight Henry and nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis. The chat was moderated by Michelle Obama, according to The Washington Post.

The First Lady spoke personally about her love of the film: “It’s rare these days to find a movie that can so completely and utterly captivate such a broad audience and that was one of the things that struck me about this movie,” she said. “It managed to be beautiful, joyful and devastatingly honest.” READ FULL STORY

Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

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Name: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Release date: June 27 2012 (limited)

DVD release date: currently available

Run time: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Box office: $11.7 million

Rotten tomatoes score: 86 percent

Movie Math: An Inconvenient Truth + (Pan’s LabyrinthFor Whom the Bell Tolls) + (The DescendantsStepmomHouse of Sand and Fog)

Tweetable description: A young girl and her father combat a hurricane, an illness, and the eventual end of the world in a section of marshland called The Bathtub.

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Las Vegas Oddsmakers like 'Lincoln', but you could win a bundle on 'Beasts'

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By now, Hollywood has had a couple of days to digest the Oscar nominations. And all of the industry’s swami-like prognosticators are staring into their crystal balls trying to divine whether Bradley Cooper has a shot to beat out Daniel Day-Lewis or if Argo — even without a Best Director nod for Ben Affleck — can still pull a stunning upset in the Best Picture race. But 300 miles or so east of L.A., a different group of Nostradamuses (or is it Nostradami?) didn’t need long at all to jump into the horse race.

That’s right, the bookmakers in Las Vegas have published their Oscar odds and if you’re feeling frisky — and you have a few disposable bucks to get in on the action — you could wind up winning a bundle on February 24th. Not that we encourage wagering, mind you.

Okay, so with that disclaimer out of the way, let’s take a look at what the Sin City number crunchers have to say about the main races. READ FULL STORY

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