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No front-runners for the best picture Oscar. Yet.
No front-runners for the best picture Oscar. Yet.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented its best picture Oscar this year on March 2 — almost six months after many pundits, with varying degrees of certainty, had named the harrowing, historical drama "12 Years a Slave" as the de facto winner after seeing the movie (and audiences' stunned reactions) at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals last September. You can chalk up the lengthy time lag partly to the media's impulse to be the first to plant the Flag of Prediction and claim the call in the name of all that is good and holy and click-bait worthy. Half measures are frowned upon these days. Besides, given the absurd length of the awards...