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Inside the Best Picture Nominees: A deep dive into 'Nebraska'

Name: Nebraska

Release date: Nov. 15, 2013

DVD release date: Feb. 25

Run time: 1 hour, 50 mins

Box office: Opening weekend: $140,401; Total domestic box office: $16.5 million; Worldwide gross to date: $17.7 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 92 percent READ FULL STORY

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

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Name: Her

Run time: 2 hours, 6 minutes

DVD release date: Unknown

Box office: Domestic — $23.5 million, Foreign — $4.1 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent

Her movie math: (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind + Smart House) x (Like Crazy + Lost in Translation)

Tweetable description: A man and his wife break up and he turns to his sultry-voiced OS for love — and finds it.

What Chris Nashawaty said : “Jonze’s satiric, brave-new-world premise is undeniably clever, but it’s also a bit icy emotionally. He clearly has a lot on his mind about how seductive technology is and how much easier life would be if we could insulate ourselves from messy human emotions. But in the end, those ideas end up appealing to your head more than your heart.”

Number of Oscar nods: 5 — Best Picture, Best Original Score, Best Original Song for Karen O’s “The Moon Song,” Best Production Design, Best Original Screenplay

Her‘s Oscar history: Her writer and director Spike Jonze got a Best Director nod for 1999’s Being John Malkovich. Producer Megan Ellison is in the Best Picture running with not only Her, but also American Hustle, and she was part of the team nominated for their work with Zero Dark Thirty, when the film was nominated for Best Picture last year.

What it has won thus far: Jonze’s screenplay has fared well: It’s won 13 different awards, including a Golden Globe last month.

Why it should win: Her is a look at our future — not too subtle, but also not so overwhelmingly out-there that we can’t connect with it. That’s an accomplishment in itself. But more than that, it’s a new kind of love story that veers away from Notebook-like sentimentality in favor of just plain, raw emotion. It’s enjoyable to watch (the colors! the music! the voices!), and it makes you honestly consider humans’ relationship with technology.

Why it shouldn’t win: At its core, Her is a story about heartbreak and love, and that’s relatable to anyone. But it’s also a movie about heartbreak and love, which seems trivial compared to some of the other nominees — say Dallas Buyers Club or 12 Years a Slave  — that revolve around life-or-death drama and use individuals to show how they were affected by real-life, widespread issues like AIDS and slavery. It’s hard to say that what is essentially a romantic comedy deserves to win when those are its competitors.

Vegas Odds: 150/1, according to Las Vegas Sports Betting

Best line: Anything the hilarious foul-mouthed video game alien says. Plus, when Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) shares his totally understandable fear: “Sometimes I think I have felt everything I’m ever gonna feel, and from here on out, I’m not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I’ve already felt.”

Worst line: When Theodore tells his friend Amy (Amy Adams) that he’s dating his OS and when he gets self-conscious about it, she replies: “I think anybody who falls in love is a freak. It’s a crazy thing to do. It’s kind of like a form of socially acceptable insanity.” Sure, it’s a cute line, but it also sounds like something you’d see written over a “romantic” photo on Tumblr. Pass.

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

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Name: Gravity

Release date: Oct. 4, 2013

DVD release date: Feb. 25

Run time: 1 hour, 31 mins

Box office: Opening weekend: $55.8 million; Total domestic box office: $268.4 million; Worldwide gross to date: $701.0 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 97 percent

Gravity movie math: (2001: A Space Odyssey + Apollo 13) x (Moon + Alien)

Tweetable description: Two astronauts get lost in space after their shuttle is riddled by high-speed debris. Time is running out. But the view is fantastic.

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Inside the Best Picture nominees: A deep dive into 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Name: Dallas Buyers Club

Release date: Nov. 1, 2013

DVD release date: Feb. 4, 2014

Run time: 1 hour, 57 mins

Box office: Limited opening weekend: $260,865; Wide opening weekend: $2.7 million; Total domestic box office: $24.4 million; Worldwide gross to date: $30.4 million

Rotten Tomatoes score: 94 percent

Dallas Buyers Club movie math: (And the Band Played On + No Country for Old Men) x (Blow + Glen or Glenda + The Machinist)

Tweetable description: If Ron Woodruff only had 30 days left to live, you know what he’d do? Start an HIV treatment drug ring and live for seven years. #NBD READ FULL STORY

June Squibb and Matthew McConaughey talk Oscars on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' -- VIDEO

June Squibb isn’t above using her age to get her ahead– or at least that’s the message the 84-year-old actress sent in a gag that aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. READ FULL STORY

'20 Feet From Stardom' backup singers Tata Vega, Merry Clayton take center stage in L.A. -- VIDEO

Former backup singers Tata Vega and Merry Clayton took center stage Monday night at an intimate soiree to celebrate the success of Morgan Neville’s Oscar-nominated music documentary 20 Feet From Stardom.

At Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz in Los Angeles, Neville gave a heartfelt speech about the journey of making the documentary, which tells the untold story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical acts of the 21st century. In a touching moment before the live music began, Neville thanked the late Gil Friesen, who had the original idea for the documentary and served as producer for the film before passing away in December of 2012.

Immediately following the short speech, Neville introduced Vega, who kicked off the night with a performance of Sam & Dave’s “Hold On (I’m Coming)” that was so energetic, the singer herself was left slightly out of breath. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Oscar front-runners Cate Blanchett and Lupita Nyong'o sit for candid chat

We’re in the final stretch of this year’s Oscar season, and Entertainment Weekly‘s latest issue is here to bring you all you need to know before the big night.

This week’s cover story features a sit-down with two Oscar hopefuls — the veteran Cate Blanchett (the front-runner in the lead actress category for her role as a fallen socialite in Blue Jasmine) and the newcomer Lupita Nyong’o (a lead contender in the supporting actress race for scene-stealing part as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave). The two discuss the never-ending award season, what they love most about their jobs and their hopes for the future.

Blanchett, who has spent the past six years running a theater company in her hometown of Sydney, Australia, discusses her fraught relationship with her chosen profession. “I’m constantly running away from acting,” she says. “I have to get seduced back into it each time.” READ FULL STORY

What if Matthew McConaughey were a McWoman?

Let’s all give a great tip of the hat to Best Actor nominee Matthew McConaughey, a man who not long ago smirked and drawled his way through a string of bland romantic comedies, and was celebrated only for his sweaty dedication to his pectorals. In a swift and elegant turnaround, the 44-year-old spent the past three years disappearing into rich characters dreamed up by some of our best contemporary storytellers. Now his fans, and I count myself among them, love to talk about the artistic courage of such a bold reinvention.

Without taking away from his fine work, I wonder if McConaughey’s story is less about bravery than about the gift of being a white, middle-aged male actor. Yes, he’s brilliantly milked his McConaissance, but it’s because he’s navigated his career with powerful agency. He chose unpredictable supporting roles in films like Magic Mike and The Wolf of Wall Street, while digging deep into messy hero stories in Dallas Buyers Club and Mud. Try to picture any of the man’s former romantic co-stars — Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Sarah Jessica Parker, or Jennifer Lopez, to name a few — having a shot at a single role as weird and surprising. READ FULL STORY

'Dallas Buyers Club' QuickDraw: Stick figures, with mustaches -- VIDEO

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Still haven’t seen Dallas Buyers Club, despite performances by Oscar front-runners Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto?

Watch EW’s QuickDraw of the film below and get a tease of the actors’ work — only this time, the work includes stick figures. (And yes, the stick figures include a mustache.) READ FULL STORY

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Michael B. Jordan, more recall meeting their famous fans -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

When EW was on the red carpet for the Santa Barbara Film Festival last week, we asked stars like Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) and Brie Larson (Short Term 12) about the artists they have admired in their career who have complimented them on their own work. Check out the humbling answers below: READ FULL STORY

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