Cheryl Boone Isaacs is the first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and only the third female president. Chris Pizzello/AP hide caption

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Star violinist Gil Shaham, whose newest recording project surveys the wildly different violin concertos of the 1930s. Luke Ratray/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Adam Bakri plays a Palestinian baker recruited as an informant by the Israeli secret service in the Oscar-nominated film Omar. Adopt Films hide caption

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Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the Oscar-nominated 12 Years a Slave. Director Steve McQueen and film editor Joe Walker took a restrained, formal approach to portraying the "casual nightmare" of American slavery. Francois Duhamel/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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The hero of Andrzej Wajda's Ashes And Diamonds is torn between fighting Poland's post-World War II communist regime and returning to a normal, peaceful life. Courtesy of Milestone Film hide caption

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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday. He was 46. Evan Agostini/Getty Images hide caption

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A new documentary follows The 12 O'Clock Boys, a gang of Baltimore dirt bikers who do dangerous stunts at top speeds on city streets." I think it's a kind of escape for these guys; it's a kind of renegade sport," says filmmaker Lotfy Nathan. Noah Rabinowitz/12 O'Clock Boys hide caption

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