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Billy-Wilder-600x255The director of 14 Oscar-winning performances, Billy Wilder is one of American cinema’s national treasures. The Austrian-born American filmmaker proved that he had the chops to be a great filmmaker with the classic film noir Double Indemnity. He earned the Oscar for Best Director and Best Screenplay in 1945 for the classic The Lost Weekendas harrowing a film about alcoholism as has ever been made, though it’s his screwball comedies for which he’s most remembered. A documentary about the man, his life, and his sterling career has recently been made available online, so hit the jump to learn everything you’d ever want to know about one of Hollywood’s greatest talents. More »

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Another year, another Oscars, but this one was very special to the indie community for one major reason: the documentary short Inocente made history as the first Kickstarter film to win an Academy Award. Hollywood might have just started noticing the crowdfunding platform recently, but independent films have benefitted greatly over the last few years, and Kickstarter has been involved in a number of festival and award-winning films — including a few Oscar nods. Also, if you missed it previously, embedded below is Paperman, which took home the best animated short film Academy Award, and the trailer for Curfew, shot on the RED ONE, which received the live action short film award. More »

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With the final major guild awards behind us, (Argo and Zero Dark Thirty won last night’s WGA awards for Adapted and Original Screenplays, respectively), pundits can finally channel all of their attention and prognostications on the big show, the Academy Awards (as if they weren’t already). Ten screenplays are nominated, but of course, only two will win. This year, however, that doesn’t mean we won’t get to hear from some of the other writing nominees about their Oscar experiences. More »