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  • 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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  • <em>Directed by Rupert Wyatt</em></br></br>
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1 Nomination</font></br>
• Visual Effects
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  • <em>Directed by James Bobin</em></br></br>
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1 Nomination</font></br>
• Music (Original Song)
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  • <em>Directed by Enrico Casarosa</em></br></br>
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1 Nomination</font></br>
• Short Film (Animated)</br>
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  • <em>Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson</em></br></br>
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1 Nomination</font></br>
• Animated Feature Film</br>
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  • <em>Directed by Steven Spielberg</em></br></br>
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1 Nomination</font></br>
• Music (Original Score)</br>
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  • <em>Directed by David Yates</em></br></br>
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3 Nominations</font></br>
• Art Direction</br>
• Makeup</br>
• Visual Effects</br>
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  • <em>Directed by Michael Bay</em></br></br>
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3 Nominations</font></br>
• Sound Editing</br>
• Sound Mixing</br>
• Visual Effects</br>
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  • <em>Directed by Terrence Malick</em></br></br>
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3 Nominations</font></br>
• Best Picture</br>
• Cinematography</br>
• Directing</br>
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  • <em>Directed by Woody Allen</em></br></br>
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4 Nominations</font></br>
• Art Direction</br>
• Best Picture</br>
• Directing</br>
• Writing (Original Screenplay)</br>
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  • <em>Directed by David Fincher</em></br></br>
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5 Nominations</font></br>
• Actress In a Leading Role</br>
• Cinematography</br>
• Film Editing</br>
• Sound Editing</br>
• Sound Mixing
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  • <em>Directed by Bennett Miller</em></br></br>
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6 Nominations</font></br>
• Actor In a Leading Role</br>
• Actor In a Supporting Role</br>
• Best Picture</br>
• Film Editing</br>
• Sound Mixing</br>
• Writing (Adapted Screenplay)</br>
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  • <em>Directed by Michel Hazanavicius</em></br></br>
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10 Nominations</font></br>
• Actor In a Leading Role</br>
• Actress In a Supporting Role</br>
• Art Direction</br>
• Best Picture</br>
• Cinematography</br>
• Costume Design</br>
• Directing</br>
• Film Editing</br>
• Music (Original Score)</br>
• Writing (Original Screenplay)</br>
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  • <em>Directed by Martin Scorsese</em></br></br>
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10 Nominations</font></br>
• Art Direction</br>
• Best Picture</br>
• Cinematography</br>
• Costume Design</br>
• Directing</br>
• Music (Original Score)</br>
• Sound Editing</br>
• Sound Mixing</br>
• Visual Effects</br>
• Writing (Adapted Screenplay)</br>
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  • <em>Directed by Wes Anderson</em></br></br>
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Here's more about the nominees and the the idea men and idea women behind them that help churn out Oscar-worthy work.

Slideshow Credits: 04 / Pixar; 05 / DreamWorks; 06 / Columbia Pictures; 07 / Warner Brothers; 08 / Paramount; 09 / Fox Searchlight; 10 / Sony Pictures; 11 / Columbia; 12 / Sony Pictures; 13 / The Weinstein Company; 14 / Art Streiber; 15 / Hyundai;

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