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Oscar nominations uproar raises the question: Did racial bias, conscious or not, come into play?

Oscar nominations uproar raises the question: Did racial bias, conscious or not, come into play?

When actor John Mahoney sat down to fill out his ballot for this year's Oscar nominations, he did what he always does. The 75-year-old longtime academy member, known for his work in films such as "Say Anything..." and as the lovably gruff dad on the sitcom "Frasier," said he simply chose what he believed were the best performances, regardless of the color of the actor's skin.

"I couldn't imagine changing a vote because of race," Mahoney said. "It's about art — it's about the performances that most move you. I could not imagine saying to myself, 'Oh my God, they're all white. I better get rid of one of those and put a person of color in.'...

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