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Oscars 2015: The Frame's preview of the Academy Awards

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Ralph Fiennes and Tony Revolori in "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which earned nine nominations including Best Picture.
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The Frame's Academy Awards preview (listen above or get the podcast on iTunes) features many of the nominees who have sat down with host John Horn to talk about their creative process and the films they've made that have generated conversation, praise and, sometimes, controversy.

You'll hear why Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu was motivated to finally make a comedic film with "Birdman;" how Hans Zimmer and Christopher Nolan worked together to create the score for "Interstellar;" why Reese Witherspoon wanted to act in but also produce "Wild;" what exactly Wes Anderson thinks about when he's writing a script; how Julianne Moore took a battery of neurological tests when preparing for her role in "Still Alice," how "American Sniper" screenwriter Jason Hall convinced former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle he could tell his story; and what it is about Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater's creative collaboration that led them to make "Boyhood" such a beloved film.  

Plus, etiquette tips for how to conduct yourself at an Oscar party, courtesy of the public radio hosts who help you win your dinner party. Yes, Rico Galliano and Brendan Francis Newnam of The Dinner Party Download. And throughout the program, insights and analysis from Kyle Buchanan, who covers film for our partners at

The special will broadcast across the country ahead of the awards on these public radio stations.

Our special preview was culled from the segments listed below, where you can hear the original interviews:


Director/co-writer Alejandro González Iñárritu on why Michael Keaton's performance is "almost a miracle"

Five actors with superhero pasts (other than Michael Keaton)


Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater both surprised by award nominations

After years of editing "Boyhood," Sandra Adair cried as small moments came together


Writer/director Wes Anderson says success of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is a "total mystery"

Ralph Fiennes: "Working with Wes Anderson was a dream job"


Writer/director Damien Chazelle on how virtuosity is bloody painful


Benedict Cumberbatch couldn't "bear the tragedy" of Alan Turing

Screenwriter Graham Moore risked "career suicide" 

"The Imitation Game" screenwriter and director make a splash at Telluride


Julianne Moore hopes her role in "Still Alice" changes the stigma surrounding Alzheimer's

Reese Witherspoon's quest to find more "complex" leading roles for women


"Interstellar" composer Hans Zimmer: Hollywood is keeping orchestral music alive

Alexandre Desplat on scoring "The Imitation Game" and fighting composer's block

"Everything is Awesome" for songwriter Shawn Patterson


"American Sniper" scribe Jason Hall earned Chris Kyle's respect "with a headlock"

How the "Foxcatcher" script came together as a dark, macho love triangle


Laura Poitras was scared the government would shut down "CitizenFour"

Juliano Salgado: He made "The Salt of the Earth" to "find out who my father was"

Short documentary shows the intensity at a veterans' crisis center


WNYC (New York): Friday, February 20 at 10pm on 93.9FM; Saturday, February 21 at 3pm on 93.9FM and 4pm on AM820
WBEZ (Chicago): Sunday, February 22 at 1PM
KQED (San Francisco): Saturday, February 21 at 3PM
WHYY (Philadelphia): Sunday, February 22 at 2PM
KPCC (LA, Southern California): Friday, February 20 at 8pm and Sunday, February 22 at 10AM
KUOW (Seattle): Friday, February 20 at 8PM
WAMU (Washington, DC): Thursday, February 19 at 10pm
WFPL (Louisville, KY): Friday February 20 at 7PM
MPR (statewide): Monday, February 16 at 10AM
KNPR (Las Vegas): Monday, February 16 at 6PM

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