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Fact-based films make their presence felt

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HUPPERT. Portrayed one of the abductees in Brillante Mendoza’s “Captive.” photo by www.lemonade.fr

Most Filipino films are fictional dramas, but our writers and directors may be missing out on a popular new preference for fact-based movies that is slowly but surely making an impact on the global filmmaking scene.

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Stars hit red carpet as Oscar time approaches

Actress Kristen Stewart arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday Feb. 24, 2013, in Los Angeles. John Shearer/Invision/AP

Hollywood’s glitziest night is under way as Academy Awards nominees in their finest gowns and tuxes hit the red carpet for Sunday’s show, with nominees Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams and Charlize Theron among the more statuesque arrivals.

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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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‘Argo,’ ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ win at Writers Guild

Writer Mark Boal, winner of the Writers Guild Award for Best Original Screenplay poses in the press room during the 2013 WGAw Writers Guild Awards at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on February 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.   Jason Kempin/Getty Images for WGAw/AFP

The CIA thrillers “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty” have won top screenplay honors from the Writers Guild of America.

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Jessica Chastain is on a roll

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CHASTAIN. “Vanishing” acts.

No actress can “disappear” into a role as proficiently as Meryl Streep does—after all, the prodigious 63-year-old icon isn’t Tinseltown’s greatest living actress for nothing. Jessica Chastain is also a thespic crackerjack, but this year’s Best Actress Oscar frontrunner (for “Zero Dark Thirty”) has been staking a claim to the Screen Queen crown for a couple of years now.

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