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Two NYU Alumni Win Academy Awards

Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday night, filmmakers Luke Matheny and sound editor Lora Hirschberg joined the set of New York University alumni to win Academy Awards.


Live Chat: Watch the Oscars With WNYC and WQXR

Sunday, February 27, 2011

This Sunday, during the Academy Awards, join WNYC and WQXR hosts, producers, and fellow fans for a live chat. As you watch the broadcast, chat here about the movies you loved, the outfits you're seeing, and the awkward acceptance speeches. Joining throughout the night will be WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Jad Abumrad, WQXR's David Garland, Naomi Lewin, Midge Woolsey, Elliott Forrest and many more. We'll also be pulling in tweets from The Takeaway's Kristen Meinzer. Your (very) informal hosts for the evening are Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan and Director of Digital Content Kathleen Ehrlich.

Chat starts right here and on the WNYC homepage a little before 8pm on Sunday.

Oscar Noms Have New York Connection

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Two films in contention for the Best Documentary designation at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday have strong ties to New York.

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Oscar Party

Saturday, February 26, 2011

David Garland rolls out the radio red carpet and invites you to a special, two-hour Movies on the Radio Oscar Party. Hear this year’s Oscar-nominated scores, take a poll and enter for your chance to win a 13-CD set.

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The State of Documentary Film

Friday, February 25, 2011

What's more important in a documentary: great filmmaking or great cause? Dana Stevens, Slate's film critic and co-host of the podcast Culture Gabfest, and Matt Zoller Seitz, T.V. and film critic for Salon, discuss this year's Oscar nominated documentaries and just what a documentary should be anyway.

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Film Scores at the Academy Awards

Friday, February 25, 2011

Film writer and professor Jon Burlingame weighs in on the Best Original Score category of the 83rd annual Academy Awards.


The Sound of the Oscars

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Before Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, we look at this year’s nominees for best original score and best original song. Jon Burlingame, who writes about film and television music for Variety and the Los Angeles Times, gives us his picks in each category.

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From 'E.T.' to 'Black Swan,' How Oscar Nods Influence Product Sales

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Last season, the New York City Ballet and other large dance companies in the U.S. had an average attendance of only 73 percent, according to Dance/USA. But this year, the City Ballet is facing a different attendance issue: sold-out tickets for their entire two-week run of “Swan Lake.”

What changed, you might ask? Two words: “Black Swan.” And one more word: “Oscar.”

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A Soundtrack Fit for a King

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

“The King’s Speech,” which won four Oscars on Sunday, punctuates a pivotal scene with a famous classical work – Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. Yet its very prominence has fueled a growing online debate about the intent of the film's creators.

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'Black Swan' Helps Sell Seats for 'Swan Lake'

Monday, February 21, 2011

The New York City Ballet has already sold out its run of "Swan Lake." Some say that's due to the Oscar-nominated film "Black Swan."


Debra Granik: “Winter’s Bone”

Friday, February 04, 2011

Even among this year’s Best Picture nominees for the Academy Award, there is nothing quite like "Winter's Bone" – a “rural noir” about a teenager making her way perilously through a community ravaged by the meth trade. Kurt talks with director Debra Granik about the film.

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Thelma Adams on the Oscars and Playdate

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Us Weekly's film critic Thelma Adams talks about this year's Oscar nominations, and talks about which films she thinks stood out most this year and who she predicts will take home Academy Awards.  She'll also discuss her new novel, Playdate, about the ways relationships are complicated and the bonds between families, spouses and children are never quite what they seem.

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What the Oscars Don't Tell Us About Race in America

Friday, January 28, 2011

Too often, the stories black and brown (and women) filmmakers want to tell cannot get a green light. Studios do not want to take the chance on a story that is out of what they perceive to be the mainstream. So, come Oscar time, you don’t see diversity -- in front of the camera, or behind it.

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Lisa Cholodenko

Friday, January 28, 2011

Hollywood never produced a realistic movie about lesbian parents — until 2010's "The Kids Are All Right." It tells the story of two moms and their sperm donor, and it's now up for several Oscars. Last summer the writer-director Lisa Cholodenko told Kurt how she managed to make an accessible, touching film out of what could have been an outsider art-house flick.

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Oscars Poll: Who Should Win in the Music Categories?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

On Tuesday, the Academy Awards committee announced the nominees for this year's Oscars. Who do you want to win in the Best Song and Song categories? Please let us know by voting in our poll.

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Vote For Your Favorite Oscar Nominee!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Who do you want to win in this year's Academy Awards? Please let us know by voting below for your picks in some of the top categories.

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Composer A.R. Rahman Leads Oscar Nominees in Music

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Leading the music categories is A.R. Rahman’s music for the Danny Boyle film "127 Hours," which was nominated in both the Best Score and Best Original Song categories. "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network" were among the other nominees.


Matt Damon

Friday, January 07, 2011

In the Coen Brothers’ film "True Grit," Matt Damon plays a Texas Ranger on the hunt for a killer. But the swagger stops there. "He's a total windbag," Damon admits about the character.

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