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Oscars 2019: Who will win, who should win

An unprecedented lack of consensus among the guilds representing actors, directors, writers and producers has flummoxed Oscar prognosticators, with more genuine uncertainty surrounding the best picture race than is usually the case this close to Sunday's ceremony.

Why Netflix and Hollywood spend millions to win Oscars

Academy Award winners will likely thank their entourage, their family and God on Sunday for receiving Hollywood's highest honor, but they might owe their biggest debt to the studios that footed the bill for their pricey Oscars campaigns.

Oscars past might offer hope to host-free awards

Can the 91st Academy Awards be saved? Yes -- at least, grading on the curve that is the Oscar telecast, the mess that the Academy has made of things leading up to this year's show, and the low bar set by the last host-less Academy Awards in 1989.

'First Man' soars as tale of Neil Armstrong and stoic heroism

If stoic heroism sounds pretty good right about now, "First Man" lands at a welcome time. The "La La Land" reunion of Ryan Gosling and director Damien Chazelle produces a soaring, IMAX-worthy look at Neil Armstrong's life in the decade leading up to the moon landing, providing a reminder that fulfilling John F. Kennedy's vision was as much about grit, guts and determination as any feat of engineering.

CW's 'All American,' 'Charmed' get in the game, casting spells

The CW again starts school a little late, but with some of the more promising players in this year's freshmen class: "All American," a soap opera that weaves issues of race and class into its central plot about a high-school football star; and "Charmed," a slick but reasonably faithful reboot from the producers of "Jane the Virgin," with a trio of witches that might actually be worth hunting.

'A Star is Born' hits all the right notes

There's a reason "A Star is Born" was made (and remade and remade), meaning a new version needn't reinvent the wheel. Director-star-co-writer Bradley Cooper is shrewd enough not to try, crafting a pleasantly satisfying movie and splashy big-screen showcase for Lady Gaga, in a role that capitalizes on her musical talents as few others could.