For most of U.S. movie history, actors spoke in a kind of neutralized Midwestern dialect tinged by whatever quality the actor as star brought to it, like Gary Cooper's drawl or Barbara Stanwyck's…
While Bardem, one of Spain's most popular exports, was mysteriously left out of the Oscar race three years ago for his stellar turn as a paraplegic in "The Sea Inside," the Academy may redeem itself…
Iconic American folk singer. Legendary British monarch. Few actresses could move as easily between the roles of Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There" and Queen Elizabeth I in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" as…
Australia native Cornish thrived in homegrown gems like the black comedy "Horseplay" before her 2004 breakthrough in "Somersault," which earned her praise at the Cannes Film Festival.
Paris native Cotillard worked supporting parts before nailing her star turn as Edith Piaf in "La Vie en rose."
The Canadian helmer's sensibilities may have been too outre for Oscar in the past (prior to "A History of Violence," "The Fly" was his only film to win anything -- for makeup).
The great film star has gravitas. The great actor has a capacity for total self-surrender to a role. Rarely does a performer have both.
Rarely has such a voracious roar been heard from the staid Oscar inhouse audience as when Day-Lewis won for his turn as Christy Brown in 1989's "My Left Foot."
Not since 1971 has one person earned two noms in Oscar's cinematography category in the same year.
For too long, Desplat's music was known mostly to film score connoisseurs.
Like "Atonement" director and fellow Brit Joe Wright, costume designer Durran has worked with Keira Knightley before, earning an Oscar nom for "Pride & Prejudice" in the process.