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Oscars 2013: KPCC interviews the Academy Award nominees

Writer and director Tim Burton and AirTalk host Larry Mantle pose for a portrait in the Crawford Family Forum.
Writer and director Tim Burton and AirTalk host Larry Mantle pose for a portrait in the Crawford Family Forum.
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Writer and director Tim Burton and AirTalk host Larry Mantle pose for a portrait in the Crawford Family Forum.
"Zero Dark Thirty" screenwriter Mark Boal joins Larry Mantle on AirTalk on February 13, 2013.
Writer and director Tim Burton and AirTalk host Larry Mantle pose for a portrait in the Crawford Family Forum.
Roman Coppola poses for a photo with Airtalk's Larry Mantle on February 5.
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Like you, we here at KPCC are obsessed with movies. Luckily, we get to host many an Oscar-winner or Oscar-nominee for an in-depth chat on our talk shows "AirTalk" and "Take Two." We also have talented reporters to take you inside what is Hollywood's biggest night of the year.

In case you missed anything, we've compiled this handy guide to all of our shows' coverage of the 2013 Academy Awards. Enjoy!

Oscars 2013: How much does it cost to get to the Academy Awards? 
Hollywood’s elite has spent the past few weeks on the awards circuit, picking up prizes and gladhanding at fancy parties. Of course, the biggest award night is still to come – the Oscars. Getting there takes a lot more than just making a good movie. As Gina Delvac reports, it can cost a lot to get your name into the envelope.

Oscar's Nerdy Cousin: Honoring the scientific and technical geniuses who make movie magic
The Scientific and Technical Awards Oscars Presentation doesn't get much media attention, as it takes place weeks before the Oscars. It's a chance to honor the brightest technicians, inventors and computer programmers in the entertainment business. KPCC’s Sanden Totten takes a look at some of the winners.

Zero Dark Thirty

'Zero Dark Thirty' writer Mark Boal on the film's torture controversy
The controversial and highly reviewed "Zero Dark Thirty" follows the life of CIA officer Maya for 10 years as she tracks data in the search of Osama Bin Laden. Many film critics have praised this movie, and it has been nominated for and won an impressive resume of awards. However, angry protesters in the film industry and in Washington D.C. have serious issues with "Zero Dark Thirty" portraying torture as government’s effective way to obtain information.

The film's journalist-turned-screenwriter Mark Boal joins Larry Mantle to talk about the research involved in creating this movie and responds to attacks of being pro-torture. Also, perhaps Boal can relate to his character, young CIA officer Maya, in working on something for years and in moments, wondering if all that time was wasted.

Les Miserables

'Les Misérables' director Tom Hooper
Tom Hooper stops by the studio to sit down with Larry Mantle and discuss the making of his new film “Les Miserables,” and why he chose to undertake such an ambitious project. The film has been positively received thus far, and is nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Costume Design.

Life of Pi

Oscar-winner and Oscar-nominee director Ang Lee on 'Life of Pi'
Readers fell in love with Yann Martel’s novel “Life of Pi,” but to create a movie out of the literary fantasy seemed a dream. How could a ferocious Bengal tiger and a vulnerable young man survive on the high seas together? Somehow director Ang Lee and his team pulled it off. All the while, the story tells a spiritual journey that happens around the world and seemingly in and out of reality. The film been a commercial and critical success, snagging 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Director and Best Picture.


Tim Burton on 'Frankenweenie' and the art of creating an oeuvre
Director Tim Burton was raised in suburban Burbank, but with 28 films under his belt, he’s created a world of his own. From "Edward Scissorhands" to "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory" to his latest film, "Frankenweenie," Burton infuses his work with both childhood memories and a dark edge of the macabre. The film is nominated for Best Animated Feature Film.

The Beasts of the Southern Wild

Director Benh Zeitlin rallies ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’
"Beasts of the Southern Wild,” the first feature film from writer/director/composer Benh Zeitlin, was one of this year’s indie darlings. The film garnered praise from reviewers and audiences alike, inspiring speculation early on about its award-season prospects. Quvenzhané Wallis stars as Hushpuppy, a young girl caught up in the turmoil of the big storm that hits her bayou community. As she and her friends struggle to hold onto their home even as the floodwaters rise, Hushpuppy goes on a search for her lost mother and copes with her father’s failing health. The film is nominated for four awards, including Best Actress, Best Picture and Best Director.

Moonrise Kingdom

The Fantastic Mr. Coppola on creating his 'Moonrise Kingdom'
The field of nominations for the original screenplay Oscar this year is rife with darkness, violence and psychodrama, from the gratuitous shoot-em-ups and racial slurs in "Django Unchained" to the all-too-real, moment to moment hunt for Bin Laden in "Zero Dark Thirty."

Thank goodness for "Moonrise Kingdom," which brings a lightness and charm to the field that make it stand out among the other, more serious entries.  The film, a first-love fairy tale between two misfit pre-teens, is set on a windswept New England outpost in 1965. Its co-authors are Wes Anderson, (Bottle Rocket, The Fantastic Mr. Fox), and Roman Coppola.  Coppola entered the family business portraying the young Sonny Corleone in The Godfather, Part II, directed by his father, Francis Ford Coppola. Coppola is nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his work on "Moonrise Kingdom." 


The Impossible

Naomi Watts does 'The Impossible'
She says she never gets recognized on the street, but chances are if you’ve seen "Mulholland Drive," "King Kong," "The Ring" or "21 Grams," you can’t forget Naomi Watts.  According to the British-born Watts, she’d rather “schlub around” at Sundance than spend time picking out a dress for the Oscars, but she’ll be walking the red carpet this year – Watts earned her second Academy Award nomination for her role in the Spanish film "The Impossible." In the film, based on the true story of a family’s fight to survive the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Watts battles the elements with her young son as she tries to reunite with her husband and children.

Watts talks with Larry about the physical and emotional demands of filming "The Impossible," the challenges she faced portraying a real-life survivor of a tsunami and the close relationship she forged with Tom Holland, the young actor who plays her son. Watts is nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her work in "The Impossible."

The Gatekeepers

Oscar-nominated Israeli documentary 'The Gatekeepers'
Israeli filmmaker Dror Moreh set out with an immodest proposal. He wanted on-camera interviews with all the former chiefs of Israel's secret service unit, Shin Bet, about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Somehow he pulled it off and secured lengthy, candid interviews with each of the six chiefs still alive. As Moreh explains, these were "the people with the power to shape history from behind the scenes. Living in the shadows, they have never spoken about their work in front of a camera before." Their perspective might surprise you.


Richard Gere on ‘Arbitrage’ and Oscar buzz
Richard Gere says critical reception of his role of hedge fund manager Robert Miller in the film “Arbitrage” was not even a factor when he decided to star in the film about a desperate New York businessman; nevertheless, the Oscar bees are buzzing.

Director Sam French and writer Martin Roe on ‘Buzkashi Boys’, nominated for Best Short Film, Live Action
Buzkashi Boys is an American-funded film about Afghanistan’s national sport: spelt Buzkashi. This largely lawless game is kind of a cross between polo and rugby. But instead of using a ball, the Afghan horsemen play with a headless goat.