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<p>Two 8-foot Oscar statues are displayed for the media outside The Carlyle hotel after their arrival for the Official New York Oscar Night Party in New York February 25, 2011.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton </p>

Two 8-foot Oscar statues are displayed for the media outside The Carlyle hotel after their arrival for the Official New York Oscar Night Party in New York February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Two 8-foot Oscar statues are displayed for the media outside The Carlyle hotel after their arrival for the Official New York Oscar Night Party in New York February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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<p>One of two 8-foot-tall Oscar statues is delivered to The Carlyle Hotel after their arrival for the Official New York Oscar Night Party in New York February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton</p>

One of two 8-foot-tall Oscar statues is delivered to The Carlyle Hotel after their arrival for the Official New York Oscar Night Party in New York February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

One of two 8-foot-tall Oscar statues is delivered to The Carlyle Hotel after their arrival for the Official New York Oscar Night Party in New York February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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<p>Workers prepare signs for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2011. The Oscars will be presented at the Kodak Theatre February 27, 2011.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni </p>

Workers prepare signs for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2011. The Oscars will be presented at the Kodak Theatre February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Workers prepare signs for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2011. The Oscars will be presented at the Kodak Theatre February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>Danish director Susanne Bier (2nd L) with editor Pernelle Bech Christensen (L), cinematographer Morten Soeborg (C), co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen (2nd R) and producer Sisse Graum Joergensen (R) attend a reception for their film "In a Better World", nominated for Best Foreign Language film in the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, California February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Phil McCarten </p>

Danish director Susanne Bier (2nd L) with editor Pernelle Bech Christensen (L), cinematographer Morten Soeborg (C), co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen (2nd R) and producer Sisse Graum Joergensen (R) attend a reception for their film "In a Better World",...more

Danish director Susanne Bier (2nd L) with editor Pernelle Bech Christensen (L), cinematographer Morten Soeborg (C), co-writer Anders Thomas Jensen (2nd R) and producer Sisse Graum Joergensen (R) attend a reception for their film "In a Better World", nominated for Best Foreign Language film in the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, California February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

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<p>Lee Unkrich, director of 'Toy Story 3' which is nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature film, is interviewed by 10-year-old radio talk show host and film critic Perry S. Chen at a reception honoring the animated feature nominees at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts &amp; Sciences in Beverly Hills, California February 24, 2011.   REUTERS/Fred Prouser </p>

Lee Unkrich, director of 'Toy Story 3' which is nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature film, is interviewed by 10-year-old radio talk show host and film critic Perry S. Chen at a reception honoring the animated feature nominees at...more

Lee Unkrich, director of 'Toy Story 3' which is nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature film, is interviewed by 10-year-old radio talk show host and film critic Perry S. Chen at a reception honoring the animated feature nominees at The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills, California February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

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<p>Actor Armie Hammer arrives with Elizabeth Chambers at the The Hollywood Reporter Academy Awards nominee party in Los Angeles February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

Actor Armie Hammer arrives with Elizabeth Chambers at the The Hollywood Reporter Academy Awards nominee party in Los Angeles February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Actor Armie Hammer arrives with Elizabeth Chambers at the The Hollywood Reporter Academy Awards nominee party in Los Angeles February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>An Oscar statue is seen on the red carpet during preparations for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented at the Kodak Theatre February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

An Oscar statue is seen on the red carpet during preparations for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented at the Kodak Theatre February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

An Oscar statue is seen on the red carpet during preparations for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented at the Kodak Theatre February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Women walk by two 8-foot-tall Oscar statues outside The Carlyle Hotel after their arrival for the Official New York Oscar Night Party in New York February 25, 2011. The 83rd annual Academy Awards will be held on February 27.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton </p>

Women walk by two 8-foot-tall Oscar statues outside The Carlyle Hotel after their arrival for the Official New York Oscar Night Party in New York February 25, 2011. The 83rd annual Academy Awards will be held on February 27. REUTERS/Shannon...more

Women walk by two 8-foot-tall Oscar statues outside The Carlyle Hotel after their arrival for the Official New York Oscar Night Party in New York February 25, 2011. The 83rd annual Academy Awards will be held on February 27. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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<p>A worker carries an Oscar statue onto the red carpet during preparations for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented at the Kodak Theatre February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

A worker carries an Oscar statue onto the red carpet during preparations for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented at the Kodak Theatre February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A worker carries an Oscar statue onto the red carpet during preparations for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented at the Kodak Theatre February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>A photographer takes a photograph of an Oscar statue on the red carpet during preparations for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

A photographer takes a photograph of an Oscar statue on the red carpet during preparations for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson more

A photographer takes a photograph of an Oscar statue on the red carpet during preparations for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 25, 2011. The Oscars will be presented at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>Academy Awards "Best Foreign Language Film" nominee directors (L-R) Susanne Bier, director of the Danish film "In A Better World", Rachid Bouchareb, director of the Algerian film "Outside the Law", Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director of the Mexican film "Biutiful", Giorgos Lanthimos, director of the Greek film "Dogtooth" and Denis Villeneuve, director of the Canadian film "Incendies" pose together at the foreign language film photo opportunity during preparations for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 25, 2011.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni </p>

Academy Awards "Best Foreign Language Film" nominee directors (L-R) Susanne Bier, director of the Danish film "In A Better World", Rachid Bouchareb, director of the Algerian film "Outside the Law", Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director of the Mexican...more

Academy Awards "Best Foreign Language Film" nominee directors (L-R) Susanne Bier, director of the Danish film "In A Better World", Rachid Bouchareb, director of the Algerian film "Outside the Law", Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, director of the Mexican film "Biutiful", Giorgos Lanthimos, director of the Greek film "Dogtooth" and Denis Villeneuve, director of the Canadian film "Incendies" pose together at the foreign language film photo opportunity during preparations for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>Two 8-foot Oscar statues are displayed for the media, as doorman Ernesto Zavalla stands behind them, outside The Carlyle hotel after their arrival for the Official New York Oscar Night Party in New York February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton</p>

Two 8-foot Oscar statues are displayed for the media, as doorman Ernesto Zavalla stands behind them, outside The Carlyle hotel after their arrival for the Official New York Oscar Night Party in New York February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton more

Two 8-foot Oscar statues are displayed for the media, as doorman Ernesto Zavalla stands behind them, outside The Carlyle hotel after their arrival for the Official New York Oscar Night Party in New York February 25, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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<p>One of two 8-foot-tall Oscar statues is delivered to The Carlyle Hotel after their arrival for the Official New York Oscar Night Party in New York February 25, 2011.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton </p>

One of two 8-foot-tall Oscar statues is delivered to The Carlyle Hotel after their arrival for the Official New York Oscar Night Party in New York February 25, 2011.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

One of two 8-foot-tall Oscar statues is delivered to The Carlyle Hotel after their arrival for the Official New York Oscar Night Party in New York February 25, 2011.REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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<p>Scenic artist Dena D'Angelo touches up with paint a sign in preparation for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2011. The Oscars will be presented at the Kodak theatre February 27.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni </p>

Scenic artist Dena D'Angelo touches up with paint a sign in preparation for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2011. The Oscars will be presented at the Kodak theatre February 27. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Scenic artist Dena D'Angelo touches up with paint a sign in preparation for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2011. The Oscars will be presented at the Kodak theatre February 27. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>Chef Wolfgang Puck is interviewed during the food and beverage preview in preparation for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2011.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni </p>

Chef Wolfgang Puck is interviewed during the food and beverage preview in preparation for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Chef Wolfgang Puck is interviewed during the food and beverage preview in preparation for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>Scenic artist Dena D'Angelo touches up with paint a sign in preparation for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2011.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni </p>

Scenic artist Dena D'Angelo touches up with paint a sign in preparation for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Scenic artist Dena D'Angelo touches up with paint a sign in preparation for the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>Scenic artist Sam Costa sits in a tent during his lunch break, in front of covered Oscar statues during preparations for the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Hollywood February 23, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok </p>

Scenic artist Sam Costa sits in a tent during his lunch break, in front of covered Oscar statues during preparations for the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Hollywood February 23, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Scenic artist Sam Costa sits in a tent during his lunch break, in front of covered Oscar statues during preparations for the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Hollywood February 23, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

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<p>A woman poses with an Oscar statuette at the "Meet the Oscars" exhibit at Grand Central Station in New York February 23, 2011.    REUTERS/Brendan McDermid </p>

A woman poses with an Oscar statuette at the "Meet the Oscars" exhibit at Grand Central Station in New York February 23, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A woman poses with an Oscar statuette at the "Meet the Oscars" exhibit at Grand Central Station in New York February 23, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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<p>A man photographs an Oscar statuette using his phone at the "Meet the Oscars" exhibit at Grand Central Station in New York February 23, 2011.   REUTERS/Brendan McDermid </p>

A man photographs an Oscar statuette using his phone at the "Meet the Oscars" exhibit at Grand Central Station in New York February 23, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A man photographs an Oscar statuette using his phone at the "Meet the Oscars" exhibit at Grand Central Station in New York February 23, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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<p>Billboards for the 83rd annual Academy Awards are seen atop the Hollywood &amp; Highland Center above the red carpet arrival area as preparations continue for the awards in Hollywood February 23, 2011.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok </p>

Billboards for the 83rd annual Academy Awards are seen atop the Hollywood & Highland Center above the red carpet arrival area as preparations continue for the awards in Hollywood February 23, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Billboards for the 83rd annual Academy Awards are seen atop the Hollywood & Highland Center above the red carpet arrival area as preparations continue for the awards in Hollywood February 23, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

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<p>Workers roll out the red carpet in the arrivals area in preparation for the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, February 23, 2011.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok </p>

Workers roll out the red carpet in the arrivals area in preparation for the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, February 23, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Workers roll out the red carpet in the arrivals area in preparation for the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, February 23, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

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<p>Preparations are made for the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Hollywood February 22, 2011. The Oscars will be presented on Sunday February 27. REUTERS/Phil McCarten </p>

Preparations are made for the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Hollywood February 22, 2011. The Oscars will be presented on Sunday February 27. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

Preparations are made for the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Hollywood February 22, 2011. The Oscars will be presented on Sunday February 27. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

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<p>A large image of Oscar hangs high on a building as preparations are made for the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Hollywood February 22, 2011.  REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>

A large image of Oscar hangs high on a building as preparations are made for the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Hollywood February 22, 2011. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

A large image of Oscar hangs high on a building as preparations are made for the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Hollywood February 22, 2011. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

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