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Academy Awards telecast is all too predictable
Academy Awards telecast is all too predictable

How unfortunate that, in presenting the award for best director during the Academy Awards ceremony, Ben Affleck chose to quote Frank Capra's observation that "the cardinal sin is dullness." None of the directors nominated, he added, could be accused of committing that sin. But, alas, the same could not be said for Sunday night's telecast. With a few notable exceptions, awards-season fatigue took on a new and enervating dimension, exacerbated by a strangely defensive attitude toward many things, including but not limited to the whiteness of the nominees, the preponderance of franchise films and the public's ability to watch films on their smartphones. FULL...

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