... And The Nominees (We've Covered) Are ...
When we think of Oscars, we tend to see stars. But behind those stars are big brains--people with big ideas. Over the course of the year we've covered a lot of those people and their big ideas (and some stars, too). But often times the most interesting stories start not with the Academy Award winners themselves but the creative types name-checked in thank-you speeches you'll hear on Sunday. Here's more about the nominees and the the idea men and idea women behind them that help churn out Oscar-worthy work.

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Rise of the Planets of the Apes
Directed by Rupert Wyatt

1 Nomination
• Visual Effects

Our Coverage:
Human Lie Detector Paul Ekman Decodes The Faces Of Depression, Terrorism, And Joy

Storyboarding The Apes
The Muppets
Directed by James Bobin

1 Nomination
• Music (Original Song)

Our Coverage:
Gonzo Filmmaker James Bobin Reveals Muppet Movie Easter Eggs!

Revitalizing The Muppets Franchise
La Luna
Directed by Enrico Casarosa

1 Nomination
• Short Film (Animated)

Our Coverage:
Pixar Animator Enrico Casarosa On The Inspiring Work Of Hayao Miyazaki
Kung Fu Panda 2
Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson

1 Nomination
• Animated Feature Film

Our Coverage:
Phil "Captain 3-D" McNally Is DreamWorks' Animated Megamind
The Adventures Of Tintin
Directed by Steven Spielberg

1 Nomination
• Music (Original Score)

Our Coverage:
In Superhero-Loving America, Tintin Has An Uphill Battle To Become The Next Batman
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Directed by David Yates

3 Nominations
• Art Direction
• Makeup
• Visual Effects

Our Coverage:
Harry Potter and the Multibillion Dollar Industry
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Directed by Michael Bay

3 Nominations
• Sound Editing
• Sound Mixing
• Visual Effects

Our Coverage:
Transformers: More Than Meets The Ear
Tree of Life
Directed by Terrence Malick

3 Nominations
• Best Picture
• Cinematography
• Directing

Our Coverage:
What “Tree Of Life” Teaches About Movies In the Age Of Smartphones
Midnight In Paris
Directed by Woody Allen

4 Nominations
• Art Direction
• Best Picture
• Directing
• Writing (Original Screenplay)

Our Coverage:
Oscars 2012: Woody Allen’s Production Designer Anne Seibel On “Midnight in Paris”
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Moneyball
Directed by Bennett Miller

6 Nominations
• Actor In a Leading Role
• Actor In a Supporting Role
• Best Picture
• Film Editing
• Sound Mixing
• Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Our Coverage:
What "Moneyball" Has To Teach Boards Of Directors

3 Lessons Every Manager Can Learn From "Moneyball"
The Artist
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius

10 Nominations
• Actor In a Leading Role
• Actress In a Supporting Role
• Art Direction
• Best Picture
• Cinematography
• Costume Design
• Directing
• Film Editing
• Music (Original Score)
• Writing (Original Screenplay)

Our Coverage:
Oscars 2012: Cinematographer Guillaume Schiffman On Bringing “The Artist” to Life
Hugo
Directed by Martin Scorsese

10 Nominations
• Art Direction
• Best Picture
• Cinematography
• Costume Design
• Directing
• Music (Original Score)
• Sound Editing
• Sound Mixing
• Visual Effects
• Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

Our Coverage:
The Vision Thing

How Martin Scorsese Risked It All And Lived To Risk Again In Hollywood

What Makes A Great Edit? Scorsese’s Legendary Editor Thelma Schoonmaker Dissects “Hugo” Via “Goodfellas”

Martin Scorsese’s Film School: The 85 Films You Need To See To Know Anything About Film
Hyundai Azera: Talk to My Car; Oscar 2012 Commericial
Directed by Wes Anderson

Our Coverage:
Wes Anderson Directs Hyundai’s Oscars Campaign