Seth MacFarlane hosts the 85th Academy Awards (Getty Images)

Television Ratings Up for Oscars, to 40.3M People

NEW YORK (AP) The Oscars telecast was seen by 40.3 million people, a slight increase over last year’s show. The Nielsen Company said Monday it was the most-watched Oscars telecast in three years. Last year’s show, when “The Artist” won best picture, had an audience of 39.3 million people. After bringing in “Family Guy” creator […]

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Seth MacFarlane hosted the Oscars Sunday night on ABC (Photo: Getty Images)

Oscars Have Clear Favorites, Telecast Has Wild-Card MacFarlane

LOS ANGELES — Some firsts and other rarities are possible at Sunday night’s Academy Awards. But if the Oscars could be just a little less predictable, the show might really be one for the record books. Ben Affleck’s “Argo” looks like it will uniquely claim best picture without a directing nomination, while “Lincoln” filmmaker Steven […]

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