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Oscar Watch: 'American Sniper' zeroes in on best picture

Oscar Watch: 'American Sniper' zeroes in on best picture
Actor Chris Pine and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce best picture nominee "American Sniper" Jan. 15 in Beverly Hills. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Oscar Watch, charting the ups and downs of the award season, comes to you every Monday. In the wake of "American Sniper's" record-breaking box office success, we'll zero in on that movie's chances in the best picture race.

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