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Oscar Nominees Reflect Impact of Independent Films

This year's Oscar nominations offer evidence that independent films are helping change the mainstream in Hollywood. One example is Chris Cooper, nominated for his supporting role in Adaptation. Hear NPR's Scott Simon and Weekend Edition entertainment commentator Elvis Mitchell.

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Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.