October 22, 2004 When Ray Charles died in June of this year, Hollywood was already at work on his film biography. NPR's Michele Norris talks with actor and comedian Jamie Foxx, who portrays the musical legend in Ray.
October 28, 2004 NPR's Alex Chadwick talks to filmmaker Taylor Hackford about his new movie Ray, a biographical feature about the life and music of Ray Charles. Jamie Foxx's performance as the legendary musician, who died last June of liver disease, is already generating Oscar buzz.
December 6, 2004Born into Brothels, a new documentary film, tells the story of children growing up in poverty in Calcutta's red-light district who find hope in a newfound skill — photography. NPR's Melissa Block talks with filmmaker Zana Briski.
February 26, 2005 Broadway and opera lyricist Murray Horwitz takes a closer look at each of the five tunes nominated for best song at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, and evaluates what makes a song memorable long after the movie fades from memory.
February 13, 2005 The music of the movies has long transported audiences to other worlds. With the Academy Awards only weeks away, NPR's resident film music buff Andy Trudeau returns for his 10th year as a guide to the film score Oscar nominees.
February 20, 2005 Among the films nominated for best original score this year are two movies of fantasy and fright: The Village and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. In part two of an Oscar music series, NPR's movie music buff Andy Trudeau listens to these film scores.