Oscars 2012

Oscars 2012: Behind the Scenes

Saluting the off-screen heroes whose contributions make the award contenders golden

'The Artist' screenplay: Three sample pages
Wonder what a script looks like when there's no dialogue? How a movie tells a story without saying a word.

'Harry Potter' makeup effects: Old tricks
Makeup effects designer Nick Dudman talks about the film's most challenging scene, and why they had to do it twice
'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' effects: How Serkis became Caesar
How actor Andy Serkis and the visual effects team at Weta Digital created summer 2011′s most unexpected hero
'Iron Lady' makeup: How Meryl became Margaret
Mark Coulier, a co-nominee for his work on the film, explains: ''It was a really, really close collaboration''

'Rise of the Planet of the Apes': Effects... and affection
Director Rupert Wyatt and star James Franco talk about the heart of film's story in behind-the-scenes clip
'The Artist' sets: Evoking the 1920s in the 2010s
Oscar-nominated production designer Laurence Bennett annotates pics of a ''Kinograph Studios'' room and La Reina Theater exterior
'The Artist' costumes: How do they look in color?
Oscar-nominated designer Mark Bridges explains the challenges of outfitting the actors in '20s garb; see sketches
'Hugo' art direction: One master channels another
How legendary production designer Dante Ferretti re-created the fantastical dreamscapes of Georges Melies
'The Help' casting: How three nominees landed roles
Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee describe how they struck gold in finding their Aibileen, Minny, and Celia
'Real Steel' effects: Atom-ic power
Visual effects supervisor Erik Nash, nominated for his work on the movie, on how robots became kings of the ring

'Transformers' effects: A 3-D summit
Watch director Michael Bay and producer James Cameron discuss their ''toy'' in a behind-the-scenes clip
'Dragon Tattoo' opening credits: 'Let's do it all blacker' Tim Miller, Creative Director of the Blur design studio, takes us inside the process for that memorable title sequence
'Moneyball' screenplay: Words with power
It all starts with a script: See a page from Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillain's nominated work
'Midnight in Paris' art direction: City of delight
Woody Allen's film banks on its romantic scenery and mood; production designer Anne Seibel takes us inside her process

'Tree of Life' effects: 'Organic' meets CGI
Visual Effects Consultant Douglas Trumbull talks film's treats for the eyes in behind-the-scenes clip
'Real Steel' effects: Building the robots Director Shawn Levy shares some insights on his film's Oscar-nominated visual effects in behind-the-scenes clip
'Jane Eyre' costumes: Michael Fassbender in style In a year all about getting the rising star naked, Oscar-nominated Michael O'Connor impressed by getting him dressed
'Harry Potter' effects: Pulling off the Gringotts heist
Inside a crucial scene, part of ''Deathly Hallows -- Part 2'' bid for Visual Effects, Art Direction, and Makeup awards
Originally posted Feb 21, 2012