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The sweariest movie in Academy history, who's up for an EGOT, and more 2014 Oscars talking points

Want to win friends and influence people using your intimate knowledge of this year’s Oscar nominees — and how they stack up against Academy history? Never fear: EW’s got you covered. (Caution: Nerd alert!)

- It’s unclear how many times the F-word is used in The Wolf of Wall Street. Vulture says it’s 569; Slate says it’s 544; some guy at some blog says it’s 506. In any case, it’s one of the most profanity-laced films in history and certainly the swearingest movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture. Wolf director Martin Scorsese’s own Goodfellas, with a mere 300 documented “f—“s, is the previous record holder.

- American Hustle is the 15th film to receive nods in every acting category. David O. Russell is the first director to helm two movies (back to back, no less) that have both achieved this feat. No movie has ever won all four acting awards, though A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and Network (1976) got three wins apiece. Also worth noting: While quadfectas generally snag at least one acting award, only two (1942’s Mrs. Miniver and 1953’s From Here to Eternity) have ever managed a Best Picture win.
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David O. Russell compares 'Hunger Games' to '12 years of slavery' for Jennifer Lawrence

Hoo boy. American Hustle director David O. Russell, it seems, does not approve of the modern Hollywood franchise machine — and he’s not afraid to express his opinions on the matter, even to gossip reporters.

At an awards ceremony last Friday, Russell told the New York Daily News that he believes Jennifer Lawrence’s Hunger Games commitment — a “hamster wheel” of filming and endless promotion — is running the star ragged.

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Louis C.K. reveals the missing ending to his 'American Hustle' ice-fishing story -- VIDEO

In American Hustle, Louis C.K. had a small role as Bradley Cooper’s boss whose penny-pinching, by-the-book ways stand in the way of the Abscam sting to nail corrupt politicians. During the course of their increasingly adversarial — and ultimately violent — interactions, C.K.’s mild-mannered bureaucrat spins a family ice-fishing story that he hopes will teach Cooper’s hotheaded agent a lesson. Each time they meet, he unfurls a little bit more of the tale, and Cooper’s character hates himself for actually caring how it ends.

Except he never finds out. We never find out, because C.K. never finished the story. Until now.

On The Tonight Show on Monday night, C.K. explained the story behind the story, which taps into the mad genius that is director David O. Russell. Click below to see how his fish story was supposed to end.
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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

Robert De Niro will make you cry, when he tears up talking 'Silver Linings Playbook': VIDEO

The men of the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook appeared on Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show Katie yesterday and discussed director David O. Russell’s very personal ties to the film. Like Bradley Cooper’s bipolar character in the novel-turned-movie, the director’s son Matthew has had the kind of mood disorder that “can pull them down the drain and send the home into a tornado in moments,” Russell said. He got emotional relaying how his son, at age 1o and 11, told him life was so hard he wasn’t sure he wanted to keep going. But it was Robert De Niro who struggled to fight back tears when the conversation turned to Russell’s son’s cameo in the film (as the nosy boy next door), and how De Niro felt an even greater responsibility starring in the movie because he understands what Russell has gone through. Watch the clip below. Russell also reveals that the scene in the movie when De Niro cries was not scripted, and that De Niro also broke down when the two initially met to talk about the script. READ FULL STORY

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