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OTRC: Oscars 2013: Oscar nominee Ang Lee talks 'Life of Pi' - 5 facts

Ang Lee talks to OTRC.com on Jan. 10, 2013 after receiving an Oscar nomination for 'The Impossible.'

Ang Lee earned an Oscar nomination for directing the 3D film "Life of Pi," which scored a total of 11 nods for the 2013 Oscars.

This marks the third nomination in this category for the director, who won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Directing in 2006 for "Brokeback Mountain." He was also nominated for Best Achievement in Directing and Best Picture for the 2000 movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

In "Life of Pi," a teenage Indian boy named Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel joins his family on a boat trip to Canada, where they are moving, along with their zoo animals. It sinks and he becomes stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, who he ends up taking care of in a bid to stay alive.

Lee talked to OTRC.com about "Life of Pi" earlier this month. Check out 5 things he had to say about the movie.

1. On being nominated for an Oscar for the film ...

"It seems like the movie has its own life and it finds its own audience. It's a wonderful feeling, particularly movie that difficult to make."

2. What he thinks moviegoers feel when they see "Life of Pi" ...

"God. Faith. Faith and the examining of illusion and the examining of the power of storytelling. It's a thinking movie. The movie has a lot of feeling. I think the audience picked it all up."

3. On making a 3D film ...

"I think 3D is a new cinematic language that people have not trusted in yet and because it's expensive, so they associate [them] with action movies or extravaganza scenes. It's a great artistic tool for me and we just begin to know about it and it's very exciting to me. I hope 3D keeps doing well and audiences get into that world. It's an entirely new world for us."

4. What he has to do to try to get moviegoers into watching 3D films ...

"Well, make good movies and line them up correctly, so it doesn't hurt the eyes. There are reasons people don't like it yet -- it's because they're not carefully done yet. It's just the beginning. 2D has been over 100 years, it's really sophisticated and 3D just started. You just have to give it a little time."

5. The responsibility he feels and what he thinks about when making a movie ...

"This better be a good movie. It'd better touch not only their emotion but heart and soul, to make them think. For me, I cannot guarantee that it happened but I can guarantee that I made my best shot, I gave my best effort and everybody involved in the movie gave their best shot."

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