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Oscar Nominee Barkhad Abdi Struggling to Make Ends Meet

Oscar Nominee Barkhad Abdi Struggling to Make Ends Meet

Originally posted 03/05/2014 05:15PM

Getting an Oscar nomination is a great honor, but as Barkhad Abdi is learning, it doesn't pay the bills.

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12 Years a Slave Wins Best Picture Oscar | Oscars 2014, 12 Years a Slave

Oscars 2014

12 Years a Slave Wins Best Picture Oscar

Originally posted 03/03/2014 12:30AM

And the final award of the night went to 12 Years a Slave.

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If Facebook Ruled the Oscars, Captain Phillips Would Win | Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks

If Facebook Ruled the Oscars, Captain Phillips Would Win

Originally posted 03/02/2014 07:30PM

When it comes to 2014's Best Picture nominees, each region has its own taste: New Jersey prefers Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas loves its Buyers Club and the Midwest can't get enough Captain Phillips.

That's the lesson from Facebook's map of trending Best Picture films. The social network's analytics team measured Facebook mentions of all nine Best Picture nominees during the week before the Oscars and found that five films stood out: 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle.

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Oscars Infographic: If the Best Picture Race Was a Great American Road Trip

Oscars Infographic: If the Best Picture Race Was a Great American Road Trip

Originally posted 02/28/2014 03:00PM

The road to Oscar glory can be a long one, but it can also be a trip – maybe even a road trip.

This year's pack of Best Picture nominees span multiple iconic locations across the United States, from the East Coast thrills of The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle to the West Coast melancholy of Her and beyond (Gravity). Follow along on the map above, as we trace the nominees' onscreen locations and origins, and don't be surprised if you find yourself experiencing some wanderlust.

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Two Americans Found Dead on Captain Phillips Ship | Captain Phillips, Tom Hanks

Jeffrey Reynolds & Mark Kennedy Found Dead on Captain Phillips Ship

Originally posted 02/19/2014 02:00PM

Two American security officers have been found dead on a ship made famous when it was hijacked by Somali pirates, according to a statement on Wednesday by Seychelles police.

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Barkhad Abdi: Captain Phillips Oscar Nominee's Incredible Story

Barkhad Abdi: Captain Phillips Oscar Nominee's Incredible Story

Originally posted 01/16/2014 12:45PM

"Look at me. Look at me. I am the captain now."

With that (incredibly, ad-libbed) line, Somali actor Barkhad Abdi, 28, launched his Captain Phillips character, the pirate Muse, into the pantheon of terrifyingly nuanced movie villains.

But more incredible than Abdi's riveting performance (his first onscreen) is the actor's story.

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Tom Hanks Meets Fan, Proves He's the World's Nicest Man

Tom Hanks Meets Fan, Proves He's the World's Nicest Man

Originally posted 10/25/2013 08:50AM

What's better than meeting your idol? Meeting your idol and finding out that he's even nicer than you imagined he'd be.

That's what happened back in March when Sarah Moretti got to meet Tom Hanks backstage at his Broadway show, Lucky Man.

In a series of three videos that are getting buzz this week, the Oscar winner was wonderfully sweet and friendly to his superfan, who has autism.

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Captain Phillips – Tom Hanks in Oscar Form: Review

See This/Skip That: From Captain Phillips to All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Originally posted 10/11/2013 02:00PM

Captain Phillips could put Tom Hanks in Oscar contention, but All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a sad retread of a slasher film.

PEOPLE's critics weigh in on what to see and what to skip this weekend at the movies.

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Tom Hanks: I Can't Gain Weight for Roles Anymore Due to Diabetes

Tom Hanks: I Can't Gain Weight for Roles Anymore Due to Diabetes

Originally posted 10/09/2013 07:30PM

Tom Hanks's recently announced Type 2 diabetes may be controllable, but his choice of future roles could be another matter.

The eternally boyish double Oscar winner, who drastically dieted down for Philadelphia, Castaway and Forrest Gump, only to beef up for other movies, says he can no longer let his weight fluctuate to fit the part.

"I've talked to a number of actors who have gained weight for roles and – just out of the sheer physical toll on one's knees and shoulders – no one wants to do it again," Hanks told the BBC while in London to promote his based-on-fact piracy drama Captain Phillips.

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Tom Hanks Reveals Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis

Tom Hanks Reveals Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis to David Letterman

Originally posted 10/08/2013 12:00PM

As Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks famously declared, "Life is like a box of chocolates." Only now it looks like he has to be extra-cautious about what sweets he pulls out of that box.

The affable two-time Oscar-winner, 57, revealed while appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman Monday night that he has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, although he called the condition "controllable."

"I went to the doctor, and he said, 'You know those high blood sugar numbers you've been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you've graduated! You've got Type 2 diabetes, young man,' " Hanks told Letterman.

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