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25 films chosen for Library of Congress preservation

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"The Terminator" trailer, 1984


The Library of Congress announced this morning the 25 films being added to the National Film Registry. The annual list ranges, as it always does, across the decades, from "White Fawn's Devotion" in 1910 to Ah-nuld's career-making turn as "The Terminator" in 1984. Who knew that the best way to launch a political career was to appear buck naked in a sci-fi film and stab Bill Paxton?

Of course, you realize the irony: We're only preserving this account for our mechanized overlords to discover one day in the rubble, meaning they'll have to send another Terminator back in time to clear out the Library of Congress vault ... or perhaps just to talk Schwarzy into sticking to porn movies ...?

Here are some clips from some of the films chosen for preservation for generations to come ...

Hugh Jackman will host the Oscars

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Hugh Jackman will host the 81st annual Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed today.

(So, no Ricky Gervais!)

The Grammys are turning a dry nominations announcement into an hourlong TV special.

''The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night'' will air Dec. 3, CBS announced Thursday. The Grammy Awards are scheduled for Feb. 8 on the network.

Nighty night, till the next show

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Another March, another spent Gold Rush.

Now that the trophies are in the trophy cases, and we've finally recovered from (whew) the Oscar Week that almost wasn't, we're putting the blog to bed till the next show. Thanks for all your eyes and input. See you soon!

Ouch! Oscars ratings may be lowest ever

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The Oscars are a ratings dud. Nielsen Media Research says preliminary ratings for the 80th annual Academy Awards telecast are 14 percent lower than the least-watched ceremony ever.

O brothers! Coens take top Oscars honors

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A year after the Oscars finally honored Martin Scorsese as best director, the academy took care of business in speedier fashion by feting the widely admired Coen brothers.

Though Joel and Ethan Coen’s many die-hard fans might say their win was nevertheless belated — it coming 24 years after their first film — their Texas crime film ‘‘No Country for Old Men’’ has generally been viewed as a culmination of craft for the brothers.

Here's a look at their win as directors:


The complete winners list

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Complete list of winners at the 80th annual Academy Awards, presented Sunday night at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles:

After weeks of announcements about who would be performing and presenting at the Grammys, now they begin for the Oscars!

And it's only fitting the duo that got shafted at the Grammys is the first performer announced this week for the Oscars: Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the duo from the film "Once."