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Oscars 2014: With 'Her,' Spike Jonze gets into relationships

Spike Jonze's idiosyncratic risk-taking has been rewarded with broad acclaim throughout his career, including two Directors Guild of America nods and four Oscar nominations (three this year alone for "Her"). Still, he's not immune to doubt.

"To be honest, in editing, there's always periods where I feel like the movie is never gonna work," he says. "'It's a noble idea, but ultimately a flawed idea.' Usually it'll go away after a week or so and I'll be excited about the movie again."

To craft "Her's" unique love story involving Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) and his computer's operating system, Samantha (the voice of Scarlett Johansson), Jonze...