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Are you Oscar hungry? Pull out your prom dress, pop open the champagne and join NPR in an Oscar preview.

NPR Coverage of the 84th Annual Academy Awards

  • Be sure to check out NPR's Oscars 2012 page for movie reviews, nominee interviews and up to date coverage from the red carpet this Sunday
  • Add your own commentary into the conversation with WNYC's live chat during the ABC telecast of the Oscar Awards ceremony

In the past few months, nominees in many categories have stepped into NPR studios to share backstage details from Oscar-worthy productions, including four of this year's 'Best Actor' contenders.

While you may have seen some of these pictures floating around Twitter and Facebook recently, check out Oscar faves Gary Oldman, George Clooney, James Bobin, Brett McKenzie, Alexander Payne, James Cromwell, Kenneth Branagh, Paul Feig and Wim Wenders striking a pose for public radio on the NPR West "red carpet." Here's hoping they wear NPR shirts under their tuxedos this weekend:

Top: George Clooney, Brett McKenzie, James Cromwell; Middle: Paul Feig, Gary Oldman, James Bobin; Bottom: Alexander Payne Kenneth Branagh, Wim Wenders i i

hide captionTop: George Clooney, Brett McKenzie, James Cromwell; Middle: Paul Feig, Gary Oldman, James Bobin; Bottom: Alexander Payne Kenneth Branagh, Wim Wenders

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Top: George Clooney, Brett McKenzie, James Cromwell; Middle: Paul Feig, Gary Oldman, James Bobin; Bottom: Alexander Payne Kenneth Branagh, Wim Wenders

Top: George Clooney, Brett McKenzie, James Cromwell; Middle: Paul Feig, Gary Oldman, James Bobin; Bottom: Alexander Payne Kenneth Branagh, Wim Wenders

Angie Hamilton-Lowe & Melissa Kuypers/NPR

Before heading off to an Oscar party this Sunday, brush up on behind-the-scenes awards knowledge with these NPR interviews featuring box office headliners and stars on the rise:

  • Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Demian Bichir, all up for Actor In a Leading Role
  • Alexander Payne is nominated for three awards: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendants
  • Brett McKenzie may have the Best Original Song, "Man or Muppet," from James Bobin's The Muppets
  • James Cromwell's film The Artist was nominated in 12 categories
  • Kenneth Branagh, who took our inaugural I Heart photo last spring, is competing for Actor In a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week with Marilyn
  • Christopher Plummer is also a nominee in the Actor In a Supporting Role category for his work in Mike Mills' Beginners
  • Max von Sydow is also up for the Actor In a Supporting Role award for his character in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • Paul Feig directed Bridesmaids, nominated for Best Screenplay
  • Wim Wenders' 3-D documentary Pina, a tribute to choreographer Philippina Bausch, is nominated for Best Documentary Feature

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