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79th Annual Academy Awards

Feb 26, 2007West Bank Story, this year's Oscar winner for best live action short film, is a takeoff on West Side Story and features a star-crossed love affair between an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian woman.
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Feb 26, 2007 — Helen Mirren won an Oscar last night for playing Queen Elizabeth II, and Forest Whitaker won for portraying Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. This decade has seen the most acting Oscars handed out for performers playing real people.
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Feb 26, 2007 — Martin Scorsese won an Academy Award for best director Sunday night, after five nominations but no wins. His film, The Departed, also won best picture. Other winners included Jennifer Hudson, Alan Arkin, Forest Whitaker and Helen Mirren.
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Feb 26, 2007 — After decades of success, director Martin Scorsese has his first Oscar. His film The Departed also won Best Picture. Among actors, Forest Whitaker was honored for playing Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, Helen Mirren for The Queen.
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Feb 25, 2007 — Part of the thrill of watching the Academy Awards is realizing that we really do live in a different world from the people in Hollywood. Part couturier confab, part freak-show, the spectacle is always a fun fashion ride.
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Feb 25, 2007 — Nathaniel Kahn's film Two Hands, a film about pianist Leon Fleisher's 30-year struggle to return to the concert stage, is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject.
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Feb 25, 2007 — NPR's movie-music expert Andy Trudeau does a roundup of this year's five Oscar-nominated scores and profiles one more composer: Philip Glass for Notes on a Scandal.
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Feb 25, 2007 — A rash of recent Oscar winners have been rewarded for playing real people, from Ray Charles to Truman Capote to June Carter Cash. Are the acting categories turning into best imitation of a real celebrity life?
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Feb 24, 2007 — Some Oscar nominees don't get much attention on the red carpet. A quick look at the nominees for Best Short Documentary show subjects ranging from AIDS orphans to gifted high school artists.
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Feb 23, 2007 — There is a moment in the Oscar-nominated film The Queen that is known to some simply as "The Stag Scene." In the sequence, Helen Mirren, as Elizabeth II, sits on a hill in the lush Balmoral countryside, brought to tears. Then she sees the stag.
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