Chris Hemsworth plays hacker and furloughed convict Nicholas Hathaway in Blackhat. Frank Connor/Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures hide caption

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Desiree Akhavan plays Shirin in Appropriate Behavior. Akhavan says she chose the name Shirin because it means sweet in Farsi. "Even though she's insane, she has a sweetness," says Akhavan. Desiree Akhavan hide caption

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Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a linguistics professor who gets diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. "Who can take us seriously when we are so far from who we once were?" she asks. "We become ridiculous, incapable, comic. But this is not who we are. This is our disease." Jojo Whilden/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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The movie Gone Girl fictionalizes and satirizes cable news star Nancy Grace (above). Grace, host of a true crimes and current affairs show on HLN, says she was flattered. Mark Hill/AP hide caption

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The cast of Boyhood — (from left) Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater, Ellar Coltrane and Ethan Hawke — won the Golden Globe for best motion picture on Sunday. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Royal Robbins climbs El Capitan's North American Wall in Yosemite National Park in 1964. Robbins is a climbing purist whose ideas helped shape the sport. Glen Denny hide caption

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Jessica Chastain says her grandmother has played a key role in her career. "I've taken her to the Oscars both years," Chastain says. "She's really a special lady and has helped me in more ways than I could ever explain." Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Selma portrays a period of history when Martin Luther King Jr. led marches to demand rights for black people who were systematically prevented from registering to vote in the South. Coleman Domingo (from left) plays Ralph Abernathy, David Oyelowo plays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Andre Holland plays Andrew Young and Stephan James plays John Lewis. Atsushi Nishijima/Courtesy of Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Jennifer Aniston plays a woman who suffers from chronic pain in the independent film Cake. Aniston says she was drawn in by Claire — "someone who is suffering from an unimaginable trauma and loss, [while] also dealing with the daily physical pain that is a constant reminder of that trauma and loss." Cinelou hide caption

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"Canadian culture is so new and almost nonexistent that it's easy for us to see through the eyes of other nations," says Mychael Danna of his scores. Danna won the 2013 Academy Award for his score for Life of Pi. 20th Century Fox hide caption

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