Keith Collins

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Band of outsiders

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A primarily foreign-made independent film has yet to win the best picture Academy Award, though 23 such features have received best pic noms over the past eight decades. While several largely…

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Oscar facts & figures

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For only the fourth time in Oscar annals, there is an exact correspondence between best picture and directing nominees -- the previous ones occurred in 1957, 1964 and 1981. Rarer still, however, is…

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Helmers’ history notes

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Woody Allen, who has earned six Oscar nominations for directing (winning once, for 1977's "Annie Hall") could be poised to increase his tally -- the most for any working director -- to seven with…

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It was a very good year

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Thirty years ago, the films nominated in the Academy Awards' best picture category weren't so much chasing Oscar as much as Oscar was acclimating to the idea of honoring them -- these weren't the…

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