Linda Blair, at just 12 years old, played the demon-possessed Regan MacNeil in the 1973 film The Exorcist, still widely considered one of the scariest movies ever. Warner Bros./AP hide caption

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In Dallas Buyers Club, Jared Leto plays Rayon, a transgender woman who is HIV-positive and struggling with a drug habit. "I always saw Rayon as someone who wanted to live ... life as a woman, not just someone who enjoyed putting on women's clothing," Leto says. Anne Marie Fox/Focus Features hide caption

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Jared Leto Was 'Seduced' By Role Of Rayon In 'Buyers Club'

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At 17 years old, Sari Math has left his father behind to work on a Chinese-owned cassava plantation. Faced with an ever-diminishing catch, he and his father could no longer support themselves by fishing alone. Migrant Films hide caption

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In Cambodia, A Tide Of 'Change' Sweeps Some Lives Under

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Tom Hanks stars in Captain Phillips, a film that's recently been subject to a "whisper campaign" of pre-Oscars criticism. Hopper Stone/Hopper Stone, SMPSP hide caption

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Word On The Street Is Oscars 'Whisper Campaigns' Have Begun

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Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup, a free black man in upstate New York who was kidnapped into slavery in 1841 and won his freedom 12 years later. The film 12 Years a Slave is an adaptation of Northup's 1853 memoir. Jaap Buitendijk/Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Historian Says '12 Years' Is A Story The Nation Must Remember

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12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, is based on an 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup, a free black man in upstate New York who was kidnapped into slavery in 1841. Jaap Buitendijk/Fox Searchlight hide caption

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'12 Years A Slave' Was A Film That 'No One Was Making'

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Barkhad Abdi (center) learned to swim, navigate small skiff boats, handle weapons — and act — for the film Captain Phillips. Jasin Boland hide caption

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'Captain Phillips': A First-Time Actor, Opposite Tom Hanks

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In the new film adaptation of Twelve Years A Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup, a black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841. Jaap Buitendijk/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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'12 Years' Is The Story Of A Slave Whose End Is A Mystery

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Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor play Patsey and Solomon, two slaves on a Louisiana plantation, in 12 Years a Slave. Francois Duhamel/Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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'12 Years A Slave': 160 Years Later, A Memoir Becomes A Movie

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Helena Bonham Carter plays Elizabeth Taylor in Burton and Taylor, a BBC America movie that focuses on the famous couple's stint acting together on Broadway in 1983. Leah Gallo/BBC hide caption

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Bonham Carter Takes On Taylor, And She Did Her Homework

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Alan Rickman tells NPR's Arun Rath he wasn't familiar with CBGB or the punk scene until he began working on the film. Beau Giann/XLrator Media hide caption

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Alan Rickman On 'CBGB' And The Importance Of Listening

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'God Loves Uganda': How Religion Fueled An Anti-Gay Movement

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'The Square' Tightens Lens On Egypt's Revolution

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From Child Actor To Artist: Radcliffe Reflects On Post-Potter Life

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Prior to filming, director Paul Greengrass kept the pirate crew and the boat crew separate to make the hijacking scenes feel more authentic. "The hair did stand up on the back of our heads," says Tom Hanks, above. Hopper Stone, SMPSP hide caption

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Tom Hanks Is 'Captain Phillips' In High-Seas Hostage Drama

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