The Factories That Churn Out America's Most Iconic Trophies

There’s a little trophy shop called Aardvark Laser Engraving down the street from our office in Oakland. It’s small but bustling, and its windows are stuffed to the brim with awards made of all kinds of materials and in any shape you can imagine: chalices, orbs, golfers, gavels, apples and plaques. Plenty of plaques. They are engraved to award the Club DJ of the Year, the newest member of a local Freemason branch, one mysterious trophy just says “Rifle Expert”, and there are plenty of heartfelt engravings to spouses, family members and retiring co-workers.

Supercut Of Iconic Movies' Final Scenes Is The Ultimate Spoiler

If you’re a true film buff, you can watch this montage without fear, because of course you’ve seen every Oscar winner for Best Picture. But even if you haven’t seen them all, it’s still worth watching as a beautiful ode to cinema.

Ellen's Oscars Selfie Has Scored The Most Retweets Ever

Ellen managed to break the record for most retweets ever by some margin at last night’s Oscars. Her selfie, shown above, has chalked up well over two million retweets and counting.

Ellen DeGeneres Is Using An iPhone Backstage Instead Of That Samsung

The Oscars 2014 feel like (are?) a commercial for Samsung, with Ellen DeGeneres flashing a Galaxy Note and taking selfies left right and center. It’s ridiculous. Backstage? She’s using her iPhone, of course. PR people will never learn.

A Cheat Sheet To The Oscar Best Picture Nominees, Emoji Style

For the casual Oscar fan, the chances of you having seen each one of tonight’s Best Picture nominees are pretty slim. But don’t worry; Mashable has you covered — that is, assuming you’re fluent in Emoji.

Visual Effects Artists Behind The Hobbit Are Picketing The Oscars

Ironically enough, in 2013 the studio responsible for the crazy CGI tiger in Life of Pi won the Oscar for best visual effects just 11 days after declaring bankruptcy. Its story — seen in the short doc above — is indicative of a larger problem in the suffering VFX industry. Adding to that, the artists and animators behind The Desolation of Smaug are picketing the Academy Awards tonight.

Watch How Much Visual Effects Have Improved In Oscar Winning Movies

Starting in 1977 with Star Wars and moving all the way until last year with Gravity, this video covers all the Academy Awards winners for best visual effects. It’s a wonderful walk through movie history and revealing to see how much more realistic movies have gotten through fake computer generated effects.

This 50 Years Of Bond Compilation Makes Me Want To Watch All The Films Again

Yesterday saw Skyfall — the latest adventure in the James Bond saga — pick up two Oscar awards. I think that’s as good a reason as any to check out this awesome compilation of the last 50 years of everyone’s favourite gentleman-spy put together by a YouTuber.

Can You Identify All The Best Picture Oscar Winners In This Poster?

Olly Moss has designed this awesome poster just in time for the 2013 edition of the Oscars — it has all the Best Picture Academy Awards for the past 85 years, each of them represented by its main character. It’s quite a feat.

Online Voting Might Ruin This Year's Oscars

In a move aimed at making it a forward-thinking, modern organisation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this year implemented online voting for the Oscars so that members of the academy could nominate without having to put pen to paper. Sadly, none of it went to plan, and futuristic visions gave way to tech support nightmares in a drama that could affect the outcome of the awards themselves.