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Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the Oscars this year.

Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the Oscars this year.



One of the biggest TV broadcasts of the year airs on ABC this Sunday: the 86th annual Oscars ceremony, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. And we in the Tampa Bay Times entertainment department are all over it. Here are some things you need to know before Sunday's Academy Awards:

What do this year's nine Best Picture nominees have in common? Well, most of them are based on things that actually happened.

And even the ones that aren't have a kernel of truth.

Yeah, but who's going to take home the gold? Times movie critic Steve Persall weighs in with his predictions.

If you're only tuning in Sunday to see glam celebs walk the red carpet, we've got a treat for you: Fierce Olympians/fashionistas Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski will report on fashion from NBC's red carpet.

Or, get your own red carpet fashion on at the Tampa Theatre during its big annual Oscar party Sunday. Say hi to our very own Sean Daly if you're out there.

Oh, and about those Oscar nominees that don't take the big prize? Yeah, they still get $80,000 worth of rich celebrity stuff in this consolation bag. That's an eight with FOUR zeroes.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 27, 2014 3:27pm]


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