Steven Kotler

Russell Crowe

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"Cinderella Man," the riches-to-rags-to-riches story of Depression-era boxer Jim Braddock, was a script that had been floating around Hollywood for years, but Russell Crowe took a shine to it and…

Paul Giamatti

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When Paul Giamatti signed on to play Joe Gould, Russell Crowe's cornerman in Ron Howard's Depression-era boxing biopic "Cinderella Man," he did so to play a type.

Ron Howard

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If there's a pattern to Ron Howard's increasingly distinguished oeuvre, it's a commitment to classic Hollywood-styled craftsmanship and humane storytelling. With Depression-era boxing biopic…

Paul Haggis

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With his Oscar nominated adaptation of last year's "Million Dollar Baby," Paul Haggis went from TV scribe oblivion to instant A-list status in Hollywood. That his follow-up was "Crash" -- an…

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Crash

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The underlying theme of racism has always resonated with the Academy. From vintage films such as "In the Heat of the Night" (seven noms, five wins) to "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (10 noms, two…

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A History of Violence

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If ever there was an august body politic, it's the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Sure, it'll nod in the general vicinity of quirky, but that usually means a few votes cast in the…

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