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Young Afghan actor’s family proud of Oscar nod

An undated production still photograph from the Oscar-nominated film, "Buzkashi Boys," which was filmed in Kabul, Afghanistan, shows actors Jawanmard Paiz, center, Fawad Mohammadi, right, and director Sam French at work on the set of the film. Jawanmard Paiz was plucked from the dingy streets of the Afghan capital to be one of the main stars of “Buzkashi Boys,” a coming-of-age movie filmed entirely in a war zone. (AP Photo/David Gill, Afghan Film Project)

Relatives of the young Afghan star of “Buzkashi Boys” expressed more pride than disappointment upon learning on Monday that the Oscar-nominated movie didn’t win.

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‘Argo’ wins best picture in 85th Academy Awards

Actor Jack Nicholson, left, presents the the award for best picture to producer/director Ben Affleck for "Argo" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

“Argo” wins best picture in the 85th Academy Awards.

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Ang Lee wins best director Oscar for ‘Life of Pi’

Director Ang Lee accepts the Oscar for Best direting from actor Michael Douglas onstage at the 85th Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. AFP FILE PHOTO/ROBYN BECK

Ang Lee has won the Academy Award for best director for his “Life of Pi.”

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Partial list of 85th annual Academy Award winners

Actor Christoph Waltz accepts the award for best actor in a supporting role for "Django Unchained" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Partial list of the 85th annual Academy Award winners announced Sunday in Los Angeles:

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Has politics weighed on Oscars race?

Gun-control advocates find Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” politically insensitive to what’s happening in the United States, in the wake of senseless shootings and deaths. Tarantino is prepared if it won’t win any award in the Oscars but “the recognition, being invited to the party, is a lot of fun." INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Perhaps it is no surprise, given that 2012 was a US election year, but this year’s Oscars crop includes a heavy dose of politics—which has arguably influenced Hollywood’s top awards race.

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