Oscar Nominees: The Inside Story

Before the red carpet is rolled out, get to know some standout stars and find out what made their performances so special.

Clint Eastwood

Nomination: Best Director, Mystic River
Why Him?: "Clint Eastwood has directed his finest film," wrote PEOPLE's Rozen.
Did You Know?: The Oscar-winning director and actor, 73, met his wife, reporter Dina Ruiz, in 1993 when she interviewed him for a story.