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Oscar Nominees For Best Picture Include 'Captain Phillips,' 'Gravity'

The latest nominees for the movie industry's highest awards are out. Nine films have also been nominated for the "best picture" award. The others: American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street.

'12 Years A Slave' Inspires 'True Conversations' About Slavery

The film depicts the brutality of slavery through the story of a man who endured it. Screenwriter John Ridley hopes the movie will prompt honest exchanges about the nation's history that focus on discovery and introspection, rather than guilt, shame or anger.

Hollywood Anticipates: Oscar Nominations Are Out Thursday

The Academy Award nominations are announced Thursday morning. Renee Montagne talks to Kim Masters, of The Hollywood Reporter, about the likely nominees. Masters also hosts The Business on member station KCRW.

Months After 'Blackfish' Release, Controversy Over SeaWorld Grows

An anti-SeaWorld movement has unfolded online and on social media in the wake of the documentary about the death of an orca trainer at the park. Musical acts and schoolchildren have boycotted the theme park — but it's still drawing big crowds.

The 'Ode To Joy' As A Call To Action

Melissa Block talks with Kerry Candaele, director of the documentary Following the Ninth. The film explores how Beethoven's Ninth Symphony continues to "offer hope in an unhappy world."

Blogger Reveals Cracks In Codes Onscreen

Computer programmer John Graham-Cumming began the blog, "Source Code in TV and Films," several weeks ago. The blog points out the frequent misuse of computer code in shows and movies.

Three Protesters, One 'Square': Film Goes Inside Egypt's Revolution

As we approach the third anniversary of the demonstrations in Egypt, Fresh Air critic John Powers reviews a documentary that captures the story of Cairo's Tahrir Square. He says the film "is less a final reckoning than an exciting bulletin from the frontlines of an unfinished revolution."

The Globes Will Be Golden, But Hollywood Remains Mostly White

Sunday's Golden Globes celebratie a diverse group of actors, but beyond those standouts, Hollywood is still a tough town for minorities. In a "who-you-know" business, professionals say, the only color that really matters is green.

From Asghar Farhadi, More Questions Than Answers

The Iranian director who made the Oscar-winning A Separation has scored more awards-season attention; his new film The Past, another wonderfully layered study of domestic dynamics, is up for a Golden Globe.

Death Squads Re-created 'The Act Of Killing' For The Camera

The film The Act of Killing visits former Indonesian death squad killers who wrought havoc from 1965, slaughtering between half- and 2 million people in a genocide often forgotten. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer about his new documentary, which is shortlisted for an Oscar nomination.