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No Sundance premiere has won the top Oscar — will that change this year?

No Sundance premiere has won the top Oscar — will that change this year?

I thought it would happen with “Boyhood.” And, who knows, maybe it still will this year with “Manchester by the Sea.”

But no movie that has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival has ever gone on to win the Oscar for best picture.

Sure, the Park City, Utah, festival, which begins Thursday, has boasted its share of Oscar winners over the decades — Cher (“Moonstruck,” not a premiere, but it did play shortly after opening), Kevin Spacey (“The Usual Suspects”) and Mo’Nique (“Precious”) are among the actors who have parlayed Sundance success into film academy acclaim.

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