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'Crash' Pulls Off Upset, Wins Best-Picture (AP)
Producers Paul Haggis and Cathy Schulman accept the Oscar after the film 'Crash' won best motion picture of the year at the 78th Academy Awards Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - "Crash" pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Academy Awards history, winning best picture Sunday over the front-runner "Brokeback Mountain."


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'Crash' Joins Short List of Oscar Upsets (AP)
Director Paul Haggis, right, and Bobby Moresco pose with the Oscars they won for their work on  'Crash' at the 78th Academy Awards Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles.  Haggis won for best motion picture, Moresco won for best original screenplay.  (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)AP - The previous 77 Academy Awards ceremonies have had their share of unexpected twists, though the best-picture win by underdog "Crash" over "Brokeback Mountain" ranks as one of the biggest in Oscar history.


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Ang Lee Earns Best-Director Oscar (AP)
Taiwanese director Ang Lee, an Oscar nominee for best director for his work on 'Brokeback Mountain,' arrives for the 78th Academy Awards Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)AP - Ang Lee won the Academy Award as best director Sunday for the cowboy romance "Brokeback Mountain," becoming the first Asian to win Hollywood's top honor for filmmakers.


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Witherspoon Walks Her Way to Oscar (AP)
Reese Witherspoon, nominated for an Oscar for best actress in a leading role for her work in 'Walk the Line,' arrives for the 78th Academy Awards Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)AP - Reese Witherspoon walked all the way to the Oscar podium Sunday night, winning the best-actress award for her rich, radiant portrayal of June Carter in "Walk the Line."


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Review: Stewart Disappoints As Oscars Host (AP)
Oscar host Jon Stewart opens the 78th Academy Awards telecast Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - You would have been more amused Sunday night if you'd revved up your TiVo and played back an evening's worth of "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" reruns while you tracked Oscar winners on the Web.


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"Brokeback" too controversial after all: writer (Reuters)
Reuters - Maybe a gay cowboy picture was too controversial after all, or at least that is what the legendary Western writer who adapted "Brokeback Mountain" for the screen thinks.

Rap song wins Oscar after historic performance (Reuters)
An Oscar statue stands outside the Kodak Theatre as preparations continue for the 78th Academy Awards in Hollywood March 1, 2006. REUTERS/Max MorseReuters - Bitches became witches in the sanitized lyrics of the Oscar-winning rap tune "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" when the song was performed at the Academy Awards on Sunday.


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'Crash' Pulls Off Upset, Wins Best-Picture (AP)
Producers Paul Haggis and Cathy Schulman accept the Oscar after the film 'Crash' won best motion picture of the year at the 78th Academy Awards Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - "Crash" pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Academy Awards history, winning best picture Sunday over the front-runner "Brokeback Mountain."


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Rap song wins Oscar after historic performance (Reuters)
An Oscar statue stands outside the Kodak Theatre as preparations continue for the 78th Academy Awards in Hollywood March 1, 2006. REUTERS/Max MorseReuters - Bitches became witches in the sanitized lyrics of the Oscar-winning rap tune "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" when the song was performed at the Academy Awards on Sunday.


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Travolta cast as mother in musical "Hairspray" (Reuters)
John Travolta speaks at a news conference in Florida July 15, 2005. Travolta has been cast as Edna Turnblad, the mother of an aspiring teenage dancer, in an upcoming feature film adaptation of the Broadway hit musical 'Hairspray,' which was based on the 1988 cult movie of the same name, distributor New Line Cinema said on Friday. REUTERS/Rick WilkingReuters - He was the teenage prince of disco in "Saturday Night Fever," the dreamy leader of a high school gang in "Grease" and a mob hit man in "Pulp Fiction." Now John Travolta will be playing a mom.


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"Brokeback" too controversial after all: writer (Reuters)
Reuters - Maybe a gay cowboy picture was too controversial after all, or at least that is what the legendary Western writer who adapted "Brokeback Mountain" for the screen thinks.

Hollywood awards local film best picture (Reuters)
Reuters - The Oscars gave its top prize on Sunday to a movie set in its own backyard, Los Angeles, a city with a sunny exterior that in "Crash" is pierced to yield darkness and mistrust based on race.

"Crash" stuns Oscars, wins best film (Reuters)
Actor Michelle Williams (L) dances on the red carpet with her fiance Heath Ledger (R), nominated as best actor for the film 'Brokeback Mountain' at the 78th annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California March 5, 2006. REUTERS/Lucy NicholsonReuters - Gritty race relations drama "Crash" pulled a stunning upset at the Oscars on Sunday, winning the best film award over highly favored gay romance "Brokeback Mountain" in a night heavy with political messages.


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How Top Oscar Winners Did at Box Office (AP)
Director Steven Spielberg (R), nominated for best director for his film 'Munich,' arrives with his wife actress Kate Capshaw at the 78th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood March 5, 2006.     REUTERS/Brian SnyderAP - Domestic box-office totals for the most-honored films at the 78th annual Academy Awards:


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Blog: Oscars Turn Unpredictable (AP)
Director Steven Spielberg (R), nominated for best director for his film 'Munich,' arrives with his wife actress Kate Capshaw at the 78th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood March 5, 2006.     REUTERS/Brian SnyderAP - Oscars turn upredictable with the film 'Crash' pulling off one of the biggest upsets in Academy Awards history, winning best picture over the favored 'Brokeback Mountain.'


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'Crash' Pulls Off Upset, Wins Best-Picture (AP)
Producers Paul Haggis and Cathy Schulman accept the Oscar after the film 'Crash' won best motion picture of the year at the 78th Academy Awards Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)AP - "Crash" pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Academy Awards history, winning best picture Sunday over the front-runner "Brokeback Mountain."


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Taiwanese Exult As Ang Lee Wins Oscar (AP)
Director Ang Lee poses with the Oscar he won for best director for his work on 'Brokeback Mountain' at the 78th Academy Awards Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)AP - Residents of this leaf-shaped island of 23 million people exulted Monday — Sunday night in Hollywood — as native son Ang Lee won the Oscar in the best-director category for his gay romance "Brokeback Mountain."


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Robert Altman Honored by Oscars (AP)
Director, producer and writer Robert Altman arrives for the 78th Academy Awards Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles. Altman will receive an honorary Oscar by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)AP - Robert Altman, the iconoclastic director who has long chafed at the conventions of Hollywood, finally got his first Oscar at Sunday's Academy Awards.


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Oscar Speeches Feature George Clooney (AP)
Director Steven Spielberg (R), nominated for best director for his film 'Munich,' arrives with his wife actress Kate Capshaw at the 78th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood March 5, 2006.     REUTERS/Brian SnyderAP - A year of hard-edged movies didn't produce political or controversial Oscar speeches on Sunday night. Instead, George Clooney ruled the podium — even during speeches he didn't give.


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Stars Are Human Backstage at Oscar (AP)
South African actress Charlize Theron, nominated for an Oscar for best actress in a leading role for her work in 'North Country,' arrives for the 78th Academy Awards Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)AP - Backstage at the Oscars the glamour and glitz is stripped away and the human side of some of Hollywood's biggest stars is revealed.


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Rap song wins Oscar after historic performance (Reuters)
An Oscar statue stands outside the Kodak Theatre as preparations continue for the 78th Academy Awards in Hollywood March 1, 2006. REUTERS/Max MorseReuters - Bitches became witches in the sanitized lyrics of the Oscar-winning rap tune "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" when the song was performed at the Academy Awards on Sunday.


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Three 6 Mafia Steals Oscar Song Award (AP)
The Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia arrives for the 78th Academy Awards Sunday, March 5, 2006, in Los Angeles. The group will perform the Oscar-nominated best original song 'It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp' from the film 'Hustle & Flow.' From left are Jordon Houston (who goes by 'Juicy J'),  Paul Beauregard (who goes by 'D.J. Paul) and Darnell  Carlton (who goes by Crunchy Black). (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)AP - Forget the suspense over best movie or actor or actress — the real question on Oscar night was whether Three 6 Mafia could actually perform a cuss-free, non-graphic version of "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp."


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Franz Ferdinand, Death Cab on double date (Reuters)
Lead singer Alex Kapranos of British rock band Franz Ferdinand performs during a concert in Singapore February 16, 2006. A tour package with rock acts Franz Ferdinand and Death Cab for Cutie was, simply, meant to be. Both groups were looking to tour this spring as follow-ups to major-market fall outings, and both wanted to play midsize venues to help build audiences. REUTERS/Nicky LohReuters - A tour package with rock acts Franz Ferdinand and Death Cab for Cutie was, simply, meant to be.


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Latino acts, fans move into US mainstream (Reuters)
Reuters - Marcos Hernandez barely speaks Spanish. He grew up listening to Barry Manilow, the Temptations, Michael Jackson and U2. And on his debut album, "About Me," he sings soulful R&B -- in English.

Buzz band takes legal action over religious tag (Reuters)
Reuters - Rock act Mute Math is so frustrated at being branded a Christian band by Warner Music Group's Christian outlet Word Records, it has taken matters into its own hands, self-releasing its debut album February 1.

Adkins' booty romp bumps album sales (Reuters)
Reuters - Trace Adkins' booty-shakin', tongue-in-cheek country jam "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" has become the darling of Music City -- and beyond.

Label's questionable email raises eyebrows (Reuters)
Reuters - Rock band Hawthorne Heights and rising R&B star Ne-Yo are expected to vie for the top of next week's Billboard 200.

UK government helping bands conquer America (Reuters)
Reuters - Buoyed by the recent American success of such acts as Coldplay, James Blunt and Franz Ferdinand, the British music industry is once again focusing its energy on the U.S. market. And the music community here has found an important ally: the government.

Apple's MP3 lead faces legal, technical challenges (Reuters)
A customer tries an iPod at the Apple Store on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, November 25, 2005. Apple Computer maintains upwards of 60% market share in MP3 player sales and in February crossed the 1 billion songs plateau for sales at its iTunes Music Store. But as its power grows, so grows the list of potential threats to its dominance. REUTERS/John GressReuters - For Apple Computer, life at the top of the digital music heap is not all it is cracked up to be.


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Pearl Jam takes out aggression on new album (Reuters)
Eddie Vedder (L), the lead singer in the rock band Pearl Jam is seen in Los Angeles in a 2004 file photo. Pearl Jam wears its emotions on its sleeve on its self-titled eighth album, which will be released May 2. Material for the 13-track set took shape in the wake of President George W. Bush's re-election as well as the United States-led invasion of Iraq, the third anniversary of which is quickly approaching. REUTERS/Jim RuymenReuters - Pearl Jam wears its emotions on its sleeve on its self-titled eighth album, which will be released May 2.


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