For "How to Train Your Dragon" composer John Powell, toons have a built-in advantage when it comes to writing the score.
Jennifer Lawrence was primed to go back to bed after the getting the good news of her first Oscar nom, for "Winter's Bone."
Melissa Leo couldn't have asked for a better showcase than her role as the overbearing mother in "The Fighter," which earned her a supporting actress nom.
Paul Franklin, VFX supervisor for "Inception," says bringing helmer Christopher Nolan's mindbending dreamscape to life was integral to constructing the film's narrative. "The big difference was that…
"How to Train Your Dragon" was a risky project for DreamWorks Animation in that it was a departure from the studio's traditional toon comedies with a story that hinged on a father-son relationship.
Helmer Susanne Bier was hopeful that Denmark's entry "In a Better World" would travel well with Oscar's foreign-lingo pic voters because drama revolving around two Danish families turns on universal…
Darren Aronofsky is gratified that auds and awards voters have grasped -- and gasped at -- his intent with "Black Swan," which raked in five bids including best pic and directing.
Tackling a Beantown accent in "The Town" was daunting for Jeremy Renner, who earned a supporting actor nom for his labor.
Even with 18 past noms under his belt, Oscar nominations day never gets old for composer Alan Menken, nommed for the tune "I See the Light" from the Disney toon "Tangled."
More than anything else, "The Kids Are All Right" was a tale of family neurosis -- which is why it has resonated so strongly with auds of all types, according to screenwriter Stuart Blumberg.