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Introduction

The race for Oscar started with 267 films vying for the attention of the 5,808 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. After a season of screenings, debates, media campaigns, publicity events, critics’ lists, awards banquets and bakeoffs, the field has narrowed to 114 nominations in 24 categories whose fate will be announced the globally telecast ceremony Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theater. Some will be thrilled when the envelopes are opened; some will not. But the drama of Oscar and the race that led to this point reinforces Academy Awards as the highest honor to which filmmakers can aspire.

Dueling legacies
With a DGA win for Eastwood and a leading 11 noms for Scorsese’s ‘The Aviator,’ two critics take sides in what likely will be the pivotal matchup in this year’s race

Preshows tune up for red-carpet race
The pre-Oscar-show pressure parades down the red carpet on Feb. 27 as no fewer than five broadcast outlets jockey for position and sound bites.

Diary of an Academy voter: L.M. Kit Carson
Screenwriter, producer and actor L.M. Kit Carson, a recent inductee into the writers’ branch of the Academy, completes his three-part diary from the MacDowell Artists Colony in New Hampshire, where he’s won time and place to work on “Remember Tomorrow,” a project he calls “a personal documentary about the future.”

Diary of an Academy voter: Rosalyn Heller
Rosilyn Heller, serves on the Academy’s foreign-language committee, which chose the five nominees from among official submissions by various countries. A VP of production at Columbia throughout the 1970s, she became the first woman inducted into the executive branch of the present AMPAS. We checked in with her again on Jan. 17, the day after nominating ballots were due.

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