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Why this year's Oscar acting races are keeping contenders extra busy

Why this year's Oscar acting races are keeping contenders extra busy

AFI Fest is ending, but the awards season tributes and suppers and meet-and-greet screenings are a long way from over. The calendar feels more packed than ever. Contending actors working on other movies used to receive a get-out-of-jail free card, removing them from the circuit’s obligations. Now, they’re flying in to Los Angeles any time there’s a break in their production schedules or the director needs to fix the lighting on the set.

The reasons for all this intense event enthusiasm are two-fold: a lead actress category that is bursting at the seams with worthy work and a lead actor category bereft of the kind of towering performances that usually populate the...

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