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Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian destroyed MGM. Why was he honored at the Oscars?

Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian destroyed MGM. Why was he honored at the Oscars?

Jaws must have dropped in the film-buff community during the "In Memoriam" segment of Sunday's Oscars telecast when, among the nearly 50 departed actors, writers, directors, and others who made real contributions to the movies, the name and image of Kirk Kerkorian popped up.

Certainly it struck film commentator Farran Nehme, who blogs as Self-Styled Siren, as amiss. Within minutes, she had tweeted: "Including Kirk Kerkorian in a Hollywood film tribute montage is like including a Visigoth in a tribute to Rome."

She's right. Kerkorian, identified in the montage...

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