Some mysteries of the universe are eternal: How does the Academy's Oscar voting system work?
In the tortuous world of specialty film financing, some are contorting themselves even further.
When Carey Mulligan signed on to play the sophisticated English schoolgirl in "An Education," she immediately had to set her friends straight on what kind of '60s movie she was making.
International locations have played a role in the stories of countless Oscar-winning pics. This year's contenders were shot in environments as far-flung as a shantytown in South Africa for Neill…
Among the overlooked titles are "Capitalism: A Love Story" and "Anvil! The Story of Anvil."
Films of 2009 took advantage of locales to complement stories and augment personnages. Here is a list of possible contenders:
The 2004 Oscar foreign-language film nominee "Downfall," depicting Adolf Hitler's final days, is certainly an unlikely source for a mass Internet comedy explosion.
In the lead actress category, the Oscar almost always goes to the ingenue.
To millions of movie fans, stars are synonymous with the roles that made them famous. Think Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca" or Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.
Many might say that having multiple potential Oscar nominees from the same film competing in the same acting category is a curse in blessing's clothing.
Casting, difficult under any circumstance, is that much harder when a youngster must fill a major role. And the stakes are even higher when a film's success pivots on such a part -- as is the case…