83rd Academy Awards® Category Spotlights

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You’re invited – Academy members offer their unique insights and perspectives on the outstanding nominees in six of this year's Oscar categories.

Art Direction

Lily Kilvert

Oscar-nominated production designer Lilly Kilvert ("Legends of the Fall," "The Last Samurai") highlights the production design in this year’s nominated films.

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Nominated Films:

"Alice in Wonderland," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," "Inception," "The King's Speech," "True Grit"

Film Editing

Lisa Zeno Churgin

Oscar-nominated editor Lisa Zeno Churgin ("The Cider House Rules") discusses the editing techniques of each of this year’s nominated films.

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Nominated Films:

"Black Swan," "The Fighter," "The King's Speech," "127 Hours," "The Social Network,"

Makeup

Lois Burwell

Oscar-winning makeup designer Lois Burwell ("Braveheart") discusses the makeup applied in this year’s nominated films.

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Nominated Films:

"Barney's Version," "The Way Back," "The Wolfman"

Short Film (Animated)

Martha Coolidge

Director Martha Coolidge ("Rambling Rose," "Valley Girl") highlights this year’s nominated Animated Short Films.

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Nominated Films:

"Day & Night," "The Gruffalo," "Let's Pollute," "The Lost Thing," "Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)"

Short Film (Live Action)

Kenneth Branagh

Actor, writer, director, producer and four-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh highlights this year’s nominated Live Action Short Films.

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Nominated Films:

"The Confession," "The Crush," "God of Love," "Na Wewe," "Wish 143"

Visual Effects

Mark Stetson

Oscar-winning Visual Effects Supervisor Mark Stetson ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring") discusses the visual effects applied in this year’s nominated films.

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Nominated Films:

"Alice in Wonderland," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," "Hereafter," "Inception," "Iron Man 2" ,