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POLL: Which Movie Did Oscar Drama Make You Want to See?

Oscars 2010

POLL: Which Movie Did Oscar Drama Make You Want to See?

Originally posted 03/09/2010 11:00AM

The Academy Awards are known for giving a boost to the movies they celebrate. This year, lots of films had their moment in the Oscar spotlight, piquing the interest of viewers who haven't seen them yet.

Among the films that might have found new audiences on Sunday:

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Christoph Waltz, Up Early Oscar Winners | Christoph Waltz

Oscars 2010

Christoph Waltz, Up Early Oscar Winners

Originally posted 03/07/2010 09:00PM

Music and laugher kicked off the 2010 Academy Awards from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. In a non-traditional first, the show actually opened with the 10 Best Actor and Actress nominees introduced alphabetically before escorts rose from the audience and guided them to their seats.

Then the fun began.

Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the Tonys and Emmys last year, delivered the show's opening musical number, "No One Wants to Do It Alone," essentially setting the stage for hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin – who spent their opening dialogue poking fun at the top nominees who had just been seated.

"There's that damn Helen Mirren," said Martin – prompting Baldwin to say, "Steve, that's Dame Helen Mirren."

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Jodie Foster Is Rooting for Kathryn Bigelow | Jodie Foster, Kathryn Bigelow

Oscars 2010

Jodie Foster Is Rooting for Kathryn Bigelow

Originally posted 03/07/2010 07:20PM

Hey Kathryn Bigelow, you hear those loud fans? One of them is none other than Jodie Foster.

Supporting what could be the first female win for the Best Director Oscar is especially easy for fellow director Foster, who hopes it will mean "more opportunities for women to direct."

"Am I going to be chanting, 'Kathryn Bigelow, Kathryn Bigelow, Kathryn Bigelow?' " Foster told PEOPLE of cheering the Hurt Locker director at the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards Friday. "Listen, it's a great honor for any director: Male, female, carnivore, vegetarian. But I was thrilled to see a film of that caliber with such a strong hand as a director."

Added Foster: "This is clearly something that she's worked her entire life for."

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5 Things to Know About Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner

5 Things to Know About Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner

Originally posted 01/11/2010 10:20AM

With The Hurt Locker topping critics' picks and racking up award nominations, all eyes are on the film's relatively unknown star, Jeremy Renner.

Playing Staff Sgt. William James, the head of an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) squad stationed in Iraq, Renner, 39, is garnering Oscar buzz for his performance in the wartime drama, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, and has been nominated for Independent Spirit, Critics' Choice and SAG awards.

Before Renner returns to the big screen with 2010's The Town, here are five things you should know about one of Hollywood's hottest new leading men:

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