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86th Annual Academy Awards: A quick prep kit

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In just a few weeks, the Dame Judy Dench of all awards shows, the 86th Annual Academy Awards, is coming. And wouldn’t you know it, Ms. Dench herself is nominated!

Haven't seen Philomena yet? Not even sure what Philomena is? In honor of the grand event, now is the time to get your pre-Oscars affairs in order, and prep for the red carpeted extravaganza. We’re talking what to see, what to make and who to pick for this year’s major awards. Here are a few cool tidbits and necessities for any home fete:

Don't miss the big show, starting at 7 p.m. eastern time, 4 p.m. pacific on ABC March 2 (check local listings) featuring the return of host Ellen Degeneres.


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