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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

Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'Lincoln'

Name: Lincoln

Release date: Nov. 16, 2012

DVD release date: March 2013

Run time: 2 hour, 30 mins.

Box office: Opening wide weekend: $21.0 million; Total domestic box office: $173.6 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 90 percent

Lincoln movie math: Amistad  + Mr. Smith Goes to Washington + The West Wing + (Downfall – Hitler)

Tweetable description: In the final days of the Civil War, Abe Lincoln marshals all his political skills to pass the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery forever. READ FULL STORY

Dr. Ruth has some Super Bowl sex tips for you

If you’ve never imagined yourself being attacked by birds while your lover waits next to you in the closet, well…you may want to start.

Dr. Ruth — professional therapist, media personality and old lady sex enthusiast — yesterday tweeted a handful of suggestions for how to do it (if you’re doing it), and she did us all the courtesy of personalizing them for the Super Bowl and Oscars.

That’s great! (If you’re doing it.) The biggest surprise: It sounds like the doctor is an Argo fan.

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SAG Awards 2013 backstage: Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Tina Fey, Daniel Day-Lewis and more

At the SAG Awards, the stars get a few precious minutes to make their acceptance speeches. But that’s not their last say of the night. Next, they’re off to the press room backstage at the Shrine Auditorium. Read on for what the winners told reporters once they stepped offstage at the show on Sunday night – including Ben Affleck on Argo’s win in the top film category, Jennifer Lawrence on what she would tell her 14-year-old self and Bryan Cranston on what he hopes makes it into his obituary.

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PopWatch Planner: SAGs, saying goodbye to '30 Rock,' and the Super Bowl

Bookended by the Screen Actors Guild awards and the Super Bowl, this week has something for everyone, including a cute groundhog named Phil, who with any luck will be getting up early on Saturday with news about warmer weather ahead. There’s also a new zombie flick, the end of a favorite series, and a new one to add to your DVR. Check out our picks for the week below and tell us what you’re watching. Have a great week!

SUNDAY
SAG Awards, TBS and TNT, 8 p.m. ET

One year after the mega-merger of SAG-AFTRA, Hollywood actors gather to honor each other for their work without pesky politics getting in the way. Who will win? Les Misérables and Lincoln lead the film acting nominations; Homeland and Mad Men are favorites for TV. Check back to EW.com for live coverage Sunday night.

MONDAY
RuPaul’s Drag Race season premiere, 9 p.m., Logo

Sashay your way into season 5 of the hit show on Logo.

TUESDAY
Hotel Transylvania out on DVD.

Get spooked by Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg as this new version of Dracula has the famed vampire inviting other ghoulish friends over for a party — fright and animated high jinks ensue.

WEDNESDAY
The Americans premieres, FX, 10 p.m.

Keri Russell flashes back to the ’80s in this new show about Russian spies next door. How retro!

THURSDAY
30 Rock series finale NBC 8 p.m.

It’s really over. Say one final TGS farewell to Liz, Tracy, Jack, Jenna, Kenneth, and the gang.

FRIDAY
Warm Bodies opens in theaters.

The poster tag line reads “guys love a girl with brains” and it couldn’t be more true than in this fun, oddball zombie rom com. Yes, zombie rom com, just go with it.

SATURDAY
Groundhog Day. Again!

It’s Groundhog Day and it’s the weekend, so fire up the DVD player and watch one of the best comedies of all time in honor of Punxsutawney Phil. Bill Murray will make even a dark February day seem brighter. Or get up early and tune in to the real-time news to find out if the groundhog sees his shadow.

SUNDAY
Super Bowl XLVII, CBS, 6:30 p.m.

The Baltimore Ravens will face off against the San Francisco 49ers. With the brother vs. brother coaching showdown and some great playoff games that led up to tonight’s championship, the game is set to be an exciting one. Oh, who are we kidding, we’re in it for Beyoncé and the commercials.

This week's cover: The Oscar race is on!

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The Oscar race has turned into an all-out brawl. With Hollywood in an uproar over director snubs for Argo‘s Ben Affleck and Zero Dark Thirty‘s Kathryn Bigelow, and Lincoln trying to maintain frontrunner status in one of the most competitive and surprise-filled award seasons in memory, Entertainment Weekly plunges into the dynamics of the ongoing Oscar race in this week’s cover. Lincoln has a leading 12 nominations going into the Feb. 24 ceremony, but Affleck is generating sympathy from voters who feel he was robbed by not getting a director’s nod — especially since he seems to be winning everything else.
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Las Vegas Oddsmakers like 'Lincoln', but you could win a bundle on 'Beasts'

Image Credit: David James

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

Golden Globes: Who will win in the movie categories? Polls!

With separate categories for drama and comedy or musical, the Golden Globes won’t exactly predict how much Oscar competition Les Miserables‘ Hugh Jackman is for Lincoln‘s Daniel Day-Lewis, but look on the bright side: We have an interesting acceptance speech to look forward to if the Best Director award goes to one of the Oscar-snubbed — Argo‘s Ben Affleck, Zero Dark Thirty‘s Kathryn Bigelow, or Django Unchained‘s Quentin Tarantino. Who will win in the Globes’ 14 movie categories? Let’s take it to a vote below. Remember, this is who you think will win, not necessarily who you think should win.  READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'Breaking Dawn,' 'Lawrence of Arabia,' and more

There’s plenty of entertainment to go around this week, but let’s all agree that this is Twilight’s moment to sparkle. The saga of a girl, a vampire, and a lovesick wolf finally comes to an end — beware the shocking twist ending! — after selling more than 116 million books and grossing more than $1.8 billion at the box office.

SUNDAY, Nov. 11

Family Guy‘s 200th episode, Fox, 9 p.m.

Titled “Yug Ylimaf,” this landmark episode turns some of your favorite Family Guy moments upside down — or backwards. Brian breaks Stewie’s time machine, and time is reversed, threatening Stewie’s very existence. After the show, stay tuned for a retrospective that includes interviews with series creator Seth MacFarlane and voice actors Mila Kunis, Alex Borstein and Seth Green. READ FULL STORY

Louis C.K.'s 'Lincoln' skit gets a director's cut -- VIDEO

One of many highlights of Louis C.K.’s SNL gig last weekend — including an opening monologue that consisted entirely of a story about an old lady he met at the airport — was a pre-filmed bit called “Lincoln,” which cast Honest Abe in the lead role of the comedian’s hit show, Louie. C.K. played the president as the same kind of bemused Everyman he portrays in the series, only this time he was awkwardly interacting with new freedmen and cracking jokes about slaveholders and Mary Todd.

NBC has released a director’s cut that extends the segment to almost six minutes, and it’s well worth the wait. Without giving away too much, you can expect the argument between Lincoln and his wife to be a bit more graphic. Check it out after the jump.

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