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Oscar Nominees 101: Everything You Need to Know About the Stars and Their Movies

By Matt Patches, Hollywood.com Staff

We've picked our favorite movies of the year and made award season predictions, but now the Academy has finally revealed their picks for the top movies, actors, actresses, and filmmakers of 2012. The Oscar nominations are in and to help you dig deep into the main contenders, we've compiled a year's worth of stories that pull back the curtain on those deemed ""the Best.""

Check out the stories below to find looks into Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Misérables, and more of the top films of 2012. Don't worry: the Oscars aren't until Feb. 24 — you have just over a month to get through all of them!

'Les Misérables' Star Hugh Jackman Admits Singing in the Alps Is Harder Than 'Wolverine' Stunts: The Best Actor nominee dishes on his unfathomably challenging time singing on set.

'Zero Dark Thirty' Star Jessica Chastain, So Dedicated She 'Will Forget to Eat': Chastain proves she's one of Hollywood's best by revealing her meticulous process, which helped her earn a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Zero Dark Thirty.

'Silver Linings Playbook': Bradley Cooper Praises Jennifer Lawrence's Dance Dedication: Two Oscar-nomianted actors cha cha into the dance ring — how did both of them survive?

Beasts of the Southern Wild' Star Quevenzhane Wallis: Hollywood.com Breakout Actor 2012: Our one-on-one with the youngest nominee in Academy Awards history (she's only nine years old!).

'Les Misérables': Anne Hathaway Reveals She Was the Cosette to Her Mother's Fantine: Hathaway has been garnering praise all year for her work in Les Mis. The Oscars loved her — what about her Mom? The star opens up about her family's close connection to the famed Broadway musical.

'Django Unchained' Unraveled: See Christoph Waltz in Action: The cast and crew of Django explains why every actor in town wants to work with Waltz, and why Waltz will always be there for Quentin Tarantino.

Wes Anderson on the Young Adult Fiction Books that Inspired 'Moonrise Kingdom': Anderson's story of young love was born from his own love for fiction as a kid. Here, he tells Hollywood.com about what inspired the Original Screenplay nominee.

'Django Unchained' Star Jamie Foxx Calls Tarantino a 'Hip-Hop Artist': Back at Comic-Con, Foxx compared the Pulp Fiction's penchant for spontaneity and surprises to that of a hip hop artist. The Oscars echoed the praise with a Best Screenplay nod.

A Gettysburg Affair on The 'Lincoln' Red Carpet with Steven Spielberg, Tommy Lee Jones: Hollywood.com hits the red carpet to chat it up with the Oscar-nominated costar and legendary director on their Best Picture frontrunner.

Ben Affleck on How He Knew 'Argo' Could Be Funny and Dramatic: The Oscar-nominated director lauds his costars unsung abilities and how they saved the movie.

'Life of Pi': How Ang Lee Helped Irrfan Khan Nail an Impossible Role: Khan explains what makes the Brokeback Mountain director such a visionary of modern times — even in scenes that don't require grand vistas and intricate special effects.

Philip Seymour Hoffman to 'Master' Director: 'You and Your Stupid Camera': Paul Thomas Anderson recounts a hilarious story of one of his Oscar-nominated Supporting Actor's darker on set moments.

How Steven Spielberg's Daddy Issues Influenced Every Film from 'E.T.' to 'Lincoln': Earlier this year, Spielberg admitted that even his historical epic Lincoln took cues from his own childhood obsessions.

'Les Mis' Director on Hugh Jackman: 'When He Sang, I Didn't Yearn for Him to Stop': Tom Hooper wasn't a big fan of Hugh Jackman... until he heard the Wolverine actor belt a few high notes.

Oscar-Nominated Roger Deakins on Shooting 'Skyfall' Like a Western, Not an Action Movie: The legendary cinematographer talks shooting nominated James Bond movie like an old school Western.

'Beasts of the Southern Wild': Training Pigs to Pull Off Special Effects: As impressive as the Sundance hit's performances were the astounding, low-budget special effects whipped up by the Beasts production team. Find out how they did it here.

Scores of 'Lincoln': Finding Abe's Honest Voice — VIDEO: Will Daniel Day-Lewis take home his next Oscar for portraying our 16th President? Here's why his performance may outshine the many Lincolns before him.

Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches

[Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company]

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