February 21, 2008 Best boy, key grip: Hollywood's full of oddly named jobs. In an Oscar-season tradition, NPR's Susan Stamberg looks for the stories behind those strange credits. Hint: A script supervisor doesn't just copy the screenplay; it may be the hardest job on the set.
February 20, 2008 One of this year's Oscar nominees has a long history with the statuette: Julie Christie won an Academy Award more than four decades ago, and has been nominated twice since. Now she's up for a fourth award — for a film about a four-decade marriage.
February 19, 2008 Every year, the week of the Oscars, Brad Oltmanns and Rick Rosas, partners at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and about 12 counters go to an undisclosed location in Southern California and hand count all 6,000 ballots. It takes the team about three days to determine the Academy Award winners.
February 9, 2008 For more than 20 years, Ethan and Joel Coen have written, directed, and produced films together — many of them bloody, absurd and revolving around some kind of criminal enterprise gone awry. Their latest, No Country for Old Men, is up for eight Academy Awards — and they're the first siblings to share a nomination for best director.
February 7, 2008 Scott Rudin knows a thing or two about making great films. His name is attached to two of the five movies competing for this year's Best Picture Oscar: He's the executive producer of There Will Be Blood and the producer of No Country for Old Men.
January 23, 2008 The 80th annual Academy Award nominations are out with No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood leading the pack with eight nominations each. Who was left out this year? Matt Singer, host of Independent Film Channel News, weighs in with the nominations he expected to see, but didn't.
January 22, 2008 This year's nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars include several veteran stars —and a 20-year-old newcomer from Canada. One thing many of the nominees have in common: They've passed through NPR's studios recently.