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After the Academy Award nominations were announced this morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg tweeted out his congratulations to three films made in New York City that received nods.

While New York partisans should plan on cheering for these three films - nominated in the Documentary Feature, Short Film (Live Action) and Documentary Short Subject categories, respectively - WNYC looks back at the best Oscar-related conversations around this year's field.


Antonio Mendez, whose story was portrayed by Ben Affleck in the Oscar-nominated film Argo, told Leonart Lopate about how he lead the 1979 rescue of six American hostages from Iran. 

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Studio 360 talked with Best Picture and Best Director-nominated Benh Zeitlin, whose film Beast of the Southern Wild also earned Quevenzhané Wallis an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. 


In a sure act of blasphemy, Studio 360 dissed Oscar-nominee Daniel Day-Lewis in favor of David Strathairn as their favorite Lincoln ever, after the American actor potrayed Abe in their American Icons series. 

Zero Dark Thirty

On the Media took on the controversy surrounding the waterboarding scene in Katherine Bigelow's Best-Picture-nominated Zero Dark Thirty (which also netted a Best Actress nod for star Jessica Chastain). 

Django Unchained

The Brian Lehrer Show got contextual on the 2013 Oscar field, inviting Africana Studies professor Tricia Rose and Slate film critic Dana Stevens to talk about how Lincoln and Django Unchained treat slavery differently, while  Django star Samuel L. Jackson talked to Leaonard Lopate about his role in the Quentin Tarantino film. 

The Master

The Takeaway looked at similarities between the cult portrayed in P.T. Anderson's The Master and Scientology with Village Voice editor-in-chief Tony Ortega. 

Les Miserables

Over at WQXR, our Opera-loving colleagues provide some deeper Victor Hugo cuts for fans of Les Miserables by highligting three other operas based on the Frenchman Victor Hugo's novels. 


Famed director Robert Zemeckis, who directed Flight, for which Denzel Washington was nominated for Best Actor, talked about the film with Leonard Lopate

The Sessions

Helen Hunt was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of a sex surrogate in The Sessions. Cheryl Cohen Greene, the woman upon whom Hunt's character was based, joined The Takeaway to talk about her role in consulting during the film's production. 


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