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Oscars select nine unique films as contenders — or are they?

Oscars select nine unique films as contenders — or are they?

With the Academy Award nominations now out, the race is finally on to guess wildly about which of the nine nominated films will win the big enchilada, best picture. Of course you could read our Buzzmeter panelists (latimes.com/buzzmeter) or The Gold Standard column (latimes.com/theenvelope) for more educated perspectives. But where’s the fun in everyone calling it for “La La Land” already? We here at The Envelope figured that at this point, a backward glance might be just as useful in guessing at the future. Here, we compare each of this year’s contenders with a best picture winner from the past, looking for those commonalities that might offer insights into voters’...

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