The Oscar nominations are out, and many of the nominees are people Backstage has covered over the last year. We also spoke to several people behind the casting of the nominated films. A quick guide, by film, of articles you might want to catch up on before the big night.
Read our interview with Michael Haneke, nominated for directing and writing the best picture nominee here.
Stars Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, and Alan Arkin talk shop here while CD Lora Kennedy discusses casting the film here. And nominee Arkin reveals a hilarious story about being fired from "Bonfire of the Vanities" here.
See our exclusive video with nominated writer John Gatins, best actor nominee Denzel Washington, and other cast members here.
We spoke to best actress nominee Naomi Watts about her grueling role here.
"Life of Pi":
Nominee Sally Field talks about fighting for the role of Mary Todd Lincoln here and about how the Oscar doesn't always mean more jobs here, while Tommy Lee Jones talks about going over dialogue with fellow nominee Tony Kushner here. Read how Spielberg's film was cast here.
"Silver Linings Playbook:"
Read our interview with Jennifer Lawrence talking about how she auditioned over Skype here and our cover story on Bradley Cooper here and read about how the film was cast here. You can also view video of our recent Q&A with nominees David O. Russell and Robert DeNiro here.
"Zero Dark Thirty:"