Academy Awards

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Contender: 'Black Swan'

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When Darren Aronofsky's terpsichorean thriller bowed at Venice, Telluride and Toronto, the most passionate praise was reserved for Natalie Portman, whose gutsy, physically demanding star turn as a…

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Contender: 'Get Low'

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One standout performance can seize the Academy's attention, but the actorly heft of "Get Low" should plant helmer Aaron Schneider's picturesque period piece squarely in Oscar's crosshairs.

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Contender: 'Conviction'

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Seldom immune to the charms of the hopeless and/or noble cause, Academy voters could turn a generous eye on helmer Tony Goldwyn's true-life tale of Betty Ann Waters, who became a lawyer so she could…

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Contender: 'True Grit'

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A few exceptions like "Ben-Hur" and "The Departed" aside, Oscar hasn't smiled on too many remakes. But that's no reason to count out Joel and Ethan Coen's "True Grit," which has been described not as…

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