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A Bookie’s Guide to the Oscars

The Oscars are just a few weeks out, and office pools are already filling up. Play it right, and you’ll come away with both a little extra cash and an excuse for watching War Horse. So to make sure you’ve got the edge, we’ve tracked down the house oddsmaker at the Wynn Las Vegas for a rundown of who’s favored. His name is Johnny Avello—and as it turns out, he’s quite the cinephile...

See what Vegas thinks of the Best Picture race»

Man of the Hour: Michel Hazanavicius

When you’ve got the spotlight, it helps to dress the part. Case in point: the newly famous stars of The Artist, who are riding their status as Oscar favorites to a near endless stream of photo ops, press events and some of the best parties in California.

This snap from the Monday’s AMPAS luncheon is our favorite so far, showing off the best qualities of each of the three leads. Mr. Dujardin was the oily, genial leading man, always in evening clothes. Mr. Hazanavicius was the earnest scholar behind the camera, complete with a thin tie and a checked gunmetal suit that make him resemble the world’s best-dressed film professor.

And Ms. Bejo... well, she speaks for herself.

21 Pictures of George Clooney in a Tuxedo

Awards season is here again, and with it, the reassuring sight of George Clooney in a tuxedo.

For us, seeing Clooney in a tux is one of the great seasonal pleasures, like the migration of the butterflies or the cherry blossoms of Kyoto. And in honor of this spectacularly consistent display of elegance, we’ve pulled together 21 pictures from the last few cycles, to give you an idea of what you can look forward to when he takes the stage for the Oscars next Sunday.

If at any point you feel overcome by the sheer volume of charisma on display, just look away from your computer and the feeling will pass.

As promised, 21 pictures of George Clooney in a tuxedo»