Culturetopia: Must-Listen Arts & Entertainment (Oscars Special Edition) A roundup of NPR interviews with the people behind this year's Best Picture nominees.

Culturetopia: Must-Listen Arts & Entertainment (Oscars Special Edition)

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Today we have a special Oscar edition of Culturetopia, our weekly arts and culture podcast. Nominations were announced today for the Academy Awards, and we've featured many of the contenders in the last year on NPR. This year is the first time in decades that there have been ten best picture nominees. Here's a selection of features about many of the ten including James Cameron, Kathryn Bigelow, Pete Docter, Quentin Tarantino, Jason Reitman and more.

Culturetopia: Must-Listen Arts & Entertainment (Oscars Special Edition)

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There's a list of even more interviews and features with this year's Academy Awards nominees, after the jump.

Selected conversations with (or about) the people behind the movies that made Oscar's short list:

Interview: Director James Cameron
Interview: Linguist Paul Frommer

The Blind Side
Interview: Author Michael Lewis

District 9
Feature: A Film Hits Home In South Africa

An Education
Interview: Actress Carey Mulligan
Interview: Screenwriter Nick Hornby

The Hurt Locker
Interview: Director Kathryn Bigelow
With Writer Mark Boal

Inglourious Basterds
Interview: Director Quentin Tarantino

Interview: Director Lee Daniels
Interview: Actress Mo'Nique

A Serious Man
Review: 'Fresh Air' critic David Edelstein

Interview: Director Pete Docter

Up In The Air
Interview: Director Jason Reitman