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Oscars: The shoo-ins & the snubbed

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SNUBBED: Joaquin Phoenix in “Her.”

Monday is another day for the movie-obsessed to sit through four hours of roller-coaster emotions. It is the 86th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards, aka the Oscars (official name: Academy Award of Merit).

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The Oscars: Who should win, who were snubbed

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OLIVER Stone’s “Savages”

(Conclusion)   Through the years, it has become easier to predict Oscar winners. Just make a tally of poll results, reports from betting agencies, and the outcome of earlier awards—the nominees with the most wins almost always proceed to grab the Oscar, dark horses excepting.   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has […]

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The Oscars: Who should win, who were snubbed

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SNUBBED! Filmmakers (from left) Kathryn Bigelow, Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson

February 24 (Feb. 25 in Manila) has long been marked on the calendar of diligent moviegoers. It is that time of year again when, for half a day, the mutual-congratulations club that is Hollywood turns them beet-red or tickles them pink.

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Quest for excellence at the 84th Oscars

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Covered in plastic, an Oscar statue peeks out from a curtain on the red carpet during preparations for the 84th Academy Awards, which will be held in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012 (Monday in Manila).  Every year, everyone in the movie industry who takes the craft seriously strive to snag this 8.5-lb Oscar statuette of 93-percent tin plated with 24-karat gold.  AP PHOTO/AMY SANCETTA

Sunday’s (Monday in Manila) 84th Annual Academy Awards should be another pleasurable four hours of waiting for that seal of excellence to be handed out by 6,000 academy members. Every year, everyone in the movie industry who takes the craft seriously strive to snag that 8.5-lb Oscar statuette of 93-percent tin plated with 24-karat gold.

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