Elementary: Andy Trudeau predicts that Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Sherlock, will win the Oscar for Best Film Score.
March 5, 2010 The Hurt Locker has been hailed by critics for its gritty portrayal of Army bomb disposal troops. But veterans say the film — nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture — is riddled with inaccuracies.
March 3, 2010 The Oscars not only have 10 nominees for Best Picture this year, but a whole new voting system for the award. That's changed the way bettors are gaming out the field.
February 18, 2010 Bob Mondello has a modest proposal: Make the Oscars gender-neutral so Sandra Bullock can compete with Jeff Bridges. After all, nobody separates best director from best directress, so why separate actors by gender? And it might even shorten the ceremony.
February 18, 2010 You might define the films of James Cameron by listing two characteristics: state-of-the-art special effects and huge box-office receipts. For starters,Titanic, The Terminator and Aliens all qualify on both counts. Now he adds Avatar to the list. He joins Fresh Air to discuss his complex special effects and innovative filming techniques.
March 6, 2010 Hollywood is hosting its annual "fight night" Sunday: It's the 82nd annual Academy Awards. Jim Nayder, host of The Annoying Music Show! on Chicago Public Radio, recently sat down with Scott Simon to prove that talent on screen does not necessarily translate to talent on tape.
March 4, 2010 Gone are the days when actors brought their own lunches to the set in brown paper bags. It's a full-time job feeding the hundreds — sometimes thousands — of men and women working each day on major films. Susan Stamberg spends a day with craft service — the crew responsible for the snacks that keep moviemakers going during long days of filming.
March 6, 2010 When great movies are ignored by the Motion Picture Academy, the reasons are often institutional. Check Back Sunday: Our live coverage includes Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! goes Hollywood, plus play-by-play coverage from Linda Holmes & friends.
February 2, 2010 This year's Oscars' Best Picture list has been expanded to 10 nominees. Many contenders wouldn't have had a chance in the previous years' five-film cut. Linda Holmes explains why mass-appeal movies, like The Blind Side, help the Oscars more than hurt.