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Preview: NPR Special Coverage: 79th Annual Academy Awards

79th Annual Academy Awards : NPR

This year's Oscar race features a heavyhitting best actress category and a diverse group of films among the nominees, from Babel to Dreamgirls to Little Miss Sunshine. Our coverage of the awards includes interviews with the nominees, analysis of the compe

Last Build Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 15:00:00 -0500

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'West Bank Story' Tells Tale of Star-Crossed Lovers

Mon, 26 Feb 2007 15:00:00 -0500

West Bank Story, this year's Oscar winner for best live action short film, is a takeoff on West Side Story and features a star-crossed love affair between an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian woman.

Why Oscar Loves a Biography

Mon, 26 Feb 2007 13:00:00 -0500

Helen Mirren won an Oscar last night for playing Queen Elizabeth II, and Forest Whitaker won for portraying Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. This decade has seen the most acting Oscars handed out for performers playing real people.

Scorsese Takes Home Oscar

Mon, 26 Feb 2007 13:00:00 -0500

Martin Scorsese won an Academy Award for best director Sunday night, after five nominations but no wins. His film, The Departed, also won best picture. Other winners included Jennifer Hudson, Alan Arkin, Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren.

Scorsese, 'Departed' Grab Top Oscars

Mon, 26 Feb 2007 06:00:00 -0500

After decades of success, director Martin Scorsese has his first Oscar. His film The Departed also won Best Picture. Among actors, Forest Whitaker was honored for playing Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, Helen Mirren for The Queen.

Red Carpet Review: Oscar Fashion 2007

Sun, 25 Feb 2007 18:43:00 -0500

Part of the thrill of watching the Academy Awards is realizing that we really do live in a different world from the people in Hollywood. Part couturier confab, part freak-show, the spectacle is always a fun fashion ride.

'Two Hands,' an Oscar Nominee with Heart

Sun, 25 Feb 2007 15:00:00 -0500

Nathaniel Kahn's film Two Hands, a film about pianist Leon Fleisher's 30-year struggle to return to the concert stage, is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject.

Oscar-Nominated Scores: 'Notes On a Scandal'

Sun, 25 Feb 2007 13:08:00 -0500

NPR's movie-music expert Andy Trudeau does a roundup of this year's five Oscar-nominated scores and profiles one more composer: Philip Glass for Notes on a Scandal.

Has Best Actor Become Best Impersonator?

Sun, 25 Feb 2007 08:00:00 -0500

A rash of recent Oscar winners have been rewarded for playing real people, from Ray Charles to Truman Capote to June Carter Cash. Are the acting categories turning into best imitation of a real celebrity life?

Oscar Shorts Are Tall on Talent

Sat, 24 Feb 2007 09:23:00 -0500

Some Oscar nominees don't get much attention on the red carpet. A quick look at the nominees for Best Short Documentary show subjects ranging from AIDS orphans to gifted high school artists.

Glimpsing a Queen's Soul: 'The Stag Scene'

Fri, 23 Feb 2007 16:00:00 -0500

There is a moment in the Oscar-nominated film The Queen that is known to some simply as "The Stag Scene." In the sequence, Helen Mirren, as Elizabeth II, sits on a hill in the lush Balmoral countryside, brought to tears. Then she sees the stag.

Oscar Rules for Documentary Films to Change

Fri, 23 Feb 2007 16:00:00 -0500

From blockbusters like Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 and Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth to smaller films like Deliver Us From Evil, documentaries are drawing large audiences. But some worry that the Academy's new rules could hamper that trend.

Sit Up and Watch: Ellen Is Hosting the Oscars

Fri, 23 Feb 2007 14:21:00 -0500

Comic Ellen DeGeneres is the latest choice to host the annual Academy Awards ceremony, set for Sunday night. She talks about facing the fun and the folly of the world's highest-profile hosting job, and what she's doing to prepare for the gig.

Oscar's Animated Shorts and Traditional Technique

Fri, 23 Feb 2007 13:00:00 -0500

This year's Oscar nominees in the animated short category include two traditionally animated films, The Little Match Girl and The Danish Poet. Hand-drawn animation has always enjoyed success in the short-film Oscar category.

A Quick Look at Oscars' Shorts

Fri, 23 Feb 2007 11:00:00 -0500

Oscar contenders in the two categories devoted to short films — animated and live-action — include a new take on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl, an alien abductor in training (Lifted), a brief musical comedy set among falafel stands (West Bank Story) and the story of a door-to-door Mormon evangelist in love with a married woman.

NPR Oscar Contest Winners Take the Podium

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 17:09:00 -0500

May I have the envelope please? The ballots have been counted in our Fake Oscar Speech Writing Contest. But picking just one winner seemed as churlish as Judi Dench's character in Notes on a Scandal. So we have lots. And the Oscar goes to...