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Getting ready for Oscars weekend

Getting ready for Oscars weekend

Looking for backstage access to this year's Academy Awards? You've come to the right place.

All weekend, I'll be blogging about what is being said backstage, as Hollywood takes the time to pat itself on the back for whatever good work it did in 2011.

The fun begins on Saturday, when I'll be attending the 27th annual Spirit Awards, given to movies produced outside the major studios and with limited budgets. Among this year's big contenders is"The Artist," which is also favored in the Oscar race -- meaning this could be the first time ever that the same film has won the Best Picture Spirit and Oscar.

Other Spirit nominees include Jean Dujardin ("The...