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'Real Steel' director Shawn Levy talks building robots -- VIDEO

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Each year, the Oscars recognize A-list talent we regularly see on-screen, on the red carpet, and in tabloids. But the Academy Awards also reward those who work behind the scenes: the writers, editors, costume designers, and others who help create trophy-worthy movie magic. This Oscars season, we’ll be toasting those off-screen artists by delving into the hidden secrets that helped create the on-screen magic that we — and the Academy — fell in love with. For more access backstage during this Oscars season, click here for EW.com’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage.

If Steven Spielberg tells you to build a robot, for God’s sake, you build a robot. In the video after the jump, Reel Steel director Shawn Levy explains that under the prophetic advice of executive producer Spielberg, he opted to build full-scale robots for Reel Steel, à la Spielberg’s Jurassic Park technique. It was a good call — the film roped in an Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects. Watch the full interview below, also featuring cameos by Hugh Jackman and Spielberg himself.

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