February 26, 2013 We're living in an age obsessed with authenticity, says linguist Geoff Nunberg, but we often choose to nitpick the wrong details. Whether it's Downton Abbey, Mad Men, Lincoln or Argo, Nunberg argues, a historical novel or screenplay should give us a translation, not a transcription.
February 25, 2013 NPR's Sam Sanders and Mandalit del Barco were backstage in the press room during the Oscars. Here's a roundup of what they saw that you didn't see, in senior superlative form.
February 25, 2013 Seth MacFarlane hosted the 85th Academy Awards which Monkey See's Linda Holmes says was one of the worst hosting performances in Oscar history. Jokes about women just kept coming. His sexist jokes were in poor taste, sure, but if they'd been funny, nobody would have cared.
February 24, 2013 The complete list of winners — and nominees — for the 85th Annual Academy Awards.
February 24, 2013 Style commentary from people who have none!
February 24, 2013 NPR's Linda Holmes and NPR Music's Stephen Thompson team up with entertainment writer Marc Hirsch to live-blog the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Plus off-kilter commentary from the red carpet, courtesy of Wait, Wait ... producer Ian Chillag. Your comments encouraged, too!
February 24, 2013 The directors of the five films nominated for best documentary short talk to NPR's Audie Cornish about the stories they tell in their films: tales of illness in Africa, can collectors in New York, lonely retirees, an artistic homeless teenager, and a salon-side view of cancer.
February 24, 2013 Thirty years ago, Steven Callahan survived a shipwreck and spent 76 days adrift on the Atlantic. Alone in a life raft, he fished and drank rainwater to survive. As a consultant on Life of Pi, he used his experiences to help director Ang Lee add authenticity to the film.
February 23, 2013 At this Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican will be watching from an enviable location: behind the scenes with the stars. He joins NPR's Jacki Lyden to share his winner predictions and favorite backstage moments.
February 23, 2013 As the Directors and Producers Guild Awards go, so does the Academy. At least most of the time.