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What's Behind The Best Supporting Actress Curse? Plain, Old, Unmagical Sexism

As legend has it, winning that Oscar is a career killer. But film critic Amy Nicholson says it actually has everything to do with the kinds of roles available to women.
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Sketch To Impress: How An Oscar-Winning Designer Costumes The Stars

British costumer Sandy Powell already has three Oscars and is in the running for two more. Cinderella's gown was "probably the most terrifying thing" she's created. "The expectations were so high."
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Maggie Smith On The Pressures Of Acting: 'You Want So Much To Get It Right'

Known for her recent work in Downton Abbey and the Harry Potter films, the Oscar-winning actress now stars in The Lady in the Van, a film about an elderly woman who lived in a van for 15 years.
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This Oscar Nominee Could've Been An Executive. Instead, She's A Screenwriter

At one point, Meg LeFauve was getting multiple studio executive job offers. But as her mentor says, "She knew she had a different path." Now her screenplay for Inside Out is up for an Oscar.
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Hollywood Has A Major Diversity Problem, USC Study Finds

The study examined more than 21,000 characters and behind-the-scenes workers on films and TV, and found an "epidemic of invisibility." For example, just 3.4 percent of film directors were female.
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Researchers Examine Hollywood's Lack Of Diversity

TV and film production is sorely deficient in gender, racial and ethnic diversity according to a study from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
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'Serpent' Film Explores, Revives Lost Cultural Knowledge For Colombians

The Colombian film "Embrace of the Serpent" tells the story of Amazon exploration not through European, but indigenous eyes. It's a contender for the Best Foreign Language Oscar.
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'World Of Tomorrow' Animated Short Explores What It Means To Be Human

Linda Wertheimer talks with Don Hertzfeldt about his Oscar-nominated animated short, "World of Tomorrow."
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It's All In Your Head: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In 'Inside Out'

The director's Oscar-nominated film illustrates the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind, and includes the characters Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy. Originally broadcast June 10, 2015.
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Frame-By-Frame, Filmmakers Make The Mundane Miraculous In 'Anomalisa'

Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson discuss their Oscar-nominated film. Anomalisa's stop-motion "communicates fragility and humanity and brokenness," Kaufman says. Originally broadcast Dec. 22, 2015.

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