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How Adam McKay brought unity to Congress for one night with 'Big Short' screening

Filmmaker Adam McKay had just finished introducing his Oscar-nominated movie "The Big Short" at a special screening in the Congressional Auditorium on Wednesday night and he figured he'd stick around, stand in the shadows and see how the film would play for the bipartisan audience of assembled politicians.

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'Spotlight's' makers went for 'simple, unvarnished truth,' not sensationalism

No car chases. No fistfights. Not even an illicit affair. The makers of "Spotlight" stuck to the facts, believing the unvarnished story of Boston Globe reporters uncovering the sexual abuse of children within the Catholic Church would be compelling enough.

"In many ways, the film is a study of craft, and that craft is professional journalism," says Oscar-nominated director and co-writer Tom McCarthy.

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'Carol,' 'Brooklyn,' 'Trumbo,' 'Bridge of Spies' show outsider views of the '50s

Often pigeonholed as placid, the 1950s strike a dramatic chord for Oscar voters this year with four films that refract the decade through the experiences of women in love, an Irish immigrant, a Hollywood Communist and a Russian spy.

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Sylvester Stallone fought his way back to drama in 'Creed,' but don't expect him back for a sequel

Recently, while accepting a Critics' Choice award for supporting actor for his reprised role in the "Rocky" spinoff "Creed," Sylvester Stallone looked out at the crowd and mumbled, "Oh, my God," as they collectively rose and gave him a standing ovation. A few days later, sitting in a Beverly Hills hotel room, the actor smiled at the memory.

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Costume designer Sandy Powell adds sparkle to 'Cinderella' with Swarovski's help

Costume designer Sandy Powell is facing a formidable competitor in this year's Oscar race — herself. Since her first Academy Award nomination for 1993's "Orlando," Powell has earned 12 nominations and three wins ("Shakespeare in Love," "The Aviator" and "The Young Victoria").

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Oscars 2016: Academy president acknowledges 'elephant in the room' at luncheon

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs opened the academy’s annual Oscar nominees luncheon Monday by acknowledging a topic that has touched nearly every event this awards season --  the question of diversity.

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