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Does long Oscar race help films?

Does long Oscar race help films?

As long as this Chicago winter might feel, it's a mere blip compared with the ongoing movie awards season. The Movie City News website runs a column called "20 Weeks to Oscar," which translates to about 38 percent of the year — yet if you count back 20 weeks from the March 2 Academy Awards telecast, you reach only mid-October. The Oscar buzz actually has been at full volume since at least early September, when Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, won the festival's audience award and was widely anointed as the front-runner for best picture. Or you might have started the clock even earlier, in...

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