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In a surprise, Oscar season is suddenly welcoming all kinds of movies

In a surprise, Oscar season is suddenly welcoming all kinds of movies

One of the hallmarks of modern award-season cinema — or one of its great failings, depending on your point of view — is how narrow its range of genres has become.

For much of the 20th century, contenders spanned a wide gamut. All the way back in 1954, to take a representative but by no means outlying example, the five nominees for Oscar best picture were “Shane,” “Roman Holiday,” “Julius Caesar,” “The Robe” and “From Here to Eternity.” That’s a purebred western, a romantic comedy, a Shakespearean drama, a biblical epic and a war picture all in one very short list. And that doesn’t include what some...

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