To portray J. Edgar Hoover, a historical figure whose name is well-known but much of whose life is not, Leonardo DiCaprio did extensive research before taking on the Clint Eastwood-helmed "J. Edgar."
For Sam Rockwell, playing the wrongly convicted prisoner Kenny Walters in "Conviction" offered him a chance to return to his roots, "like 'Lawn Dogs,' stuff I started with," he says.
Had Keri Russell whipped together a dessert based on what drew her to her pie-making character Jenna in "Waitress," she might have called it…
William H. Macy comes flying out of the gate like a wickedly fast sprinter. Chris Cooper gallops along steadily, like a long-distance horse who thrives on stamina. Both are trying to end up in the…
Just as Charles S. Howard embraced two types of horsepower to find fame and fortune, first with autos and then as the owner of a celebrated racehorse, so too has Jeff Bridges bridged a love of still…
OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Like idol Jack Lemmon, Spacey is becoming one of this generation's premier everymen. CONS: Some felt casting choice not among year's best. In E. Annie Proulx's Pulitzer-winning…
OSCAR QUOTIENT PROS: Conveys joy of true love, damn what the neighbors think. CONS: Possibility of getting overlooked alongside powerful perfs from Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson. Playing a woman…
And the Oscar goes to ... San Diego. And Washington, D.C., Dallas and Denver, too, as well as Oklahoma City and Salt Lake City. Oscar gets around.