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Alexandre Desplat Discusses His Two 2015 Oscar-Nominated Scores

Sunday, February 08, 2015

French composer Alexandre Desplat joins David Garland to present his two Oscar contenders in this year's Best Score category, The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Imitation Game.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date Presents: Oscar...Totally Naked

Friday, February 22, 2013

In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen's bickering isn't restricted to the online world. Instead, it's made available to radio listeners all over the country. It's their first hour-long special for the airwaves, and it's all in honor of Hollywood's biggest night. Ladies and gentleman, "Movie Date Presents: Oscar...Totally Naked." 

And yes, Rafer and Kristen are naked throughout.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Egypt Now; CA Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom; "5 Broken Cameras"

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Wilson Center's Joshua Stacher discusses Egypt two years after Mubarak's ouster. Plus: the Lieutenant Governor of California and former mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom; the latest political news with the Washington Post's Karen Tumulty; and the director of the Oscar-nominated documentary "5 Broken Cameras."

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Israeli and Palestinian Textbooks; Facing Fear; "Searching for Sugar Man"

Friday, February 08, 2013

Hear a discussion about the results of a study looking at whether Israeli or Palestinian textbooks are biased or teach hatred. Plus: journalist Jaimal Yogis on the science of fear; and the annual Brian Lehrer Show Oscar nominated documentaries series begins with the director of "Searching for Sugar Man." 

The Truth

That's Democracy

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

A teacher gives his students lesson about democracy that they'll never forget. Performed by Peter McNerney as Mr. Mohr, Russ Armstrong as Eric, and Alexis Lambright as Margaret, with  Fiona Bradford, Teddy Shivers, Oscar Montoya, and Ben Jones as...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Oscar Nominated Documentaries: Hell and Back Again

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hell and Back Again's director Danfung Dennis and producer Mike Lerner discuss their Oscar-nominated documentary about Sergeant Nathan Harris at war in Afghanistan and his return home after being wounded.

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The Takeaway

Your Oscar Ballot

Thursday, February 24, 2011

It's Oscar weekend and we're letting you play judge. Register your votes for The Takeaway's Movie Date Oscar poll. We'll let you know how well you did Monday morning. And you can watch the Oscars and compare your answers with The Academy on Sunday at 8pm EST on ABC.

Fill in your choices below.

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The Takeaway

Live Action Short Oscar Nominee Luke Matheny on 'God of Love'

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Oscars are on Sunday and we take a closer look at what it's like to be nominated for an Academy Award. Luke Matheny is the director, writer and star of “God of Love,” a semi-tragic romantic comedy, which is nominated for best live action short. A first-time nominee, Matheny made his film as a school project. He explains what went into making his school film.

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The Takeaway

Oscar Nominee Jed Rothstein on 'Killing In the Name'

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

All this week on the Takeaway, we’re talking with people who are nominated for Oscars, and who’ve worked behind the scenes on Oscar-nominated films. Jed Rothstein is the director of “Killing in the Name,” which is nominated for best documentary short. “Killing in the Name” centers on Ashraf Al-Khaled, whose 2005 wedding was attacked by a suicide bomber, killing three out of four of his and his wife’s parents, and a total of 27 of their guests. 

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The Takeaway

Bon Voyage, Best Actress Oscar Curse

Monday, February 14, 2011

It’s Valentine’s Day, and I can’t think of a better time to discuss what’s come to be known as the Best Actress Oscar Curse. No doubt, you’ve heard about it by now. If you haven’t, here’s a little crash course, starting with Sandra Bullock.

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The Takeaway

'Winter's Bone': The Last of the Ten Best Picture Nods

Monday, February 07, 2011

There was a time when just about every man, woman, and child in America could see all the best picture Oscar nominees before the big night; a time when the number of nominees was so manageable that you could see one movie a week between the nominations announcement and the awards show and still see them all. More innocent times, more innocent days, I remember them well. It’s hard not to. It was only two years ago. But then 2010 came along and changed everything. Or, more accurately, changed everything back.

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The Takeaway

Movie Date: Oscar Recap

Monday, March 08, 2010

Each week, Newsday film critic Rafer Guzman and Takeaway producer Kristen Meinzer get in a heated, but friendly debate about the movies. This week, they commemorate their third date with a talk about Sunday night's Oscar show.

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The Takeaway

Oscars Countdown: Movies You Have to See and Movies to Skip

Friday, February 26, 2010

A little over a week remains until Oscar night. With ten best picture nominees this year, not to mention a full roster of five animated features (on top of all the other categories), there's not a lot of time to see what's on the ballot. Newsday critic and Takeaway film contributor Rafer Guzman fills us in on which movies are must-sees and which are okay to avoid.

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The Takeaway

If You Can Only See One Oscar-Nominated Movie ...

Friday, February 26, 2010

...then you probably shouldn't read this. With ten best picture nods this year, a full roster of five animated features, all the nominations in the other categories (and only a week left of movie-watching before Oscar night), it's nearly impossible for film contributor Rafer Guzman and I to pick just one Oscar-nominated movie for you to see. But we can each give you three (as well as three to skip).

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