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The Oscars Pop Quiz: Who Won and Lost Financially in Hollywood

This weekend, the Oscars will celebrate the best in film, and those statuettes don't come cheap. With that in mind, we've compiled some interesting facts about the money behind the movies: Their biggest winners, their saddest losers, and just how much an Academy Award is worth.

And the Oscar for Best Commercial Goes to...

Much like the Super Bowl, the Oscar broadcast is also becoming as much about the commercials as it is about the big show. And thanks to the popularity of the Best Picture nominees this year, advertisers are likely to have an even bigger audience than 2010's 41.3 million viewers.

This Year's Oscar Nominees Are Hits With the Public, Too

Usually, the Oscars highlight the chasm between Hollywood's elite and average Americans. But, says one movie critic: "This is one of the rare years when critics and paying audiences backed the nominees." Also notable in 2011 is a youth movement in the nominees -- and the show's hosts.

Why Companies Spend Millions on Oscar 'Swag'

Even though the Academy Awards banned official swag bags four years ago (thanks to an IRS decree that actors must pay taxes on the gifts), companies still scramble to get their items into the luxury-laden gift baskets.

Oscar Nominees: A Bigger List, with More Surprises

With the announcement of this year's Oscar nominees, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seems to have accomplished just want it wanted to by expanding its Best Picture category to 10 nominees from five: creating space for deserving movies that would have been ignored in the past.

A better way to fix the Oscars

Hoping to reverse a trend of slumping ratings for the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is changing the award show's format,...