Actress Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held Sunday at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. Jason Merritt/Getty Images hide caption

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Oscar Stars Thank Muses And, Of Course, Moms

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John Powell is nominated for the Best Original Score Academy Award, for his work on How to Train Your Dragon. Dreamworks hide caption

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Movie Music 2011: Oscar-Nominated Scores

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Emil Richards: Timekeeper Of Tinseltown

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The PS22 Chorus Goes To The Oscars

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Actor Jesse Eisenberg Plays Not My Job

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'Shenanigans Are What He Does': Is Banksy Gunning For An Oscar?

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Rudolph Valentino once entertained girlfriends (and boyfriends) in Room 1202 of L.A.'s Alexandria Hotel. Location manager Doug Dresser scouted the surreal space a decade ago — and recently took NPR's Susan Stamberg back for a visit. Courtesy Doug Dresser hide caption

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For Location Scouts, It's All About Making The Scene

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Sparks Fly Over 'Gasland' Drilling Documentary

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Objectively Speaking, It's All About The Prop Master

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How Many Cooks?: Counting Up The Many Producers Of 'The King's Speech'

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Banksy's 'Exit' Reveals Street Art Secrets ... Sort Of

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Songwriters Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, winners of Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly" from Once. Vince Bucci/Getty Images hide caption

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Director Lisa Cholodenko lauded Chinatown for its late plot twists, citing scenes that emphatically capture the Faye Dunaway character's shock and anguish at a famous revelation. Paramount Pictures/Photofest hide caption

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Dark Intimacies: Lisa Cholodenko's DVD Picks

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The score for the Coen brothers' True Grit was written by the pair's longtime collaborator, Carter Burwell. Lorey Sebastian hide caption

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Listen Now

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Home Is Where ... Locals in the Missouri Ozarks have embraced the bleak but feeling portrait of their territory in the Oscar-nominated drama Winter's Bone. (Above: child actors Isaiah Stone and Ashlee Thompson.) Roadside Attractions hide caption

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An Oscar For The Ozarks? 'Winter's Bone' Hits Home

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Mikael Persbrandt stars in Susanne Bier's In A Better World as a doctor struggling both with his work in a strife-plagued refugee camp and with his relationships (Trine Dyrholm plays his wife) at home in Denmark. Per Arnesen/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Filmmaker Susanne Bier, Seeking 'A Better World'

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