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L.A. is defined by its streets, strip malls and the softness of its hills. Not by breathless Oscar hype

L.A. is defined by its streets, strip malls and the softness of its hills. Not by breathless Oscar hype

Earlier this month, one of Hollywood’s biggest agencies, United Talent, canceled its annual Oscar party in favor of a pro-immigration rally at its offices and a $250,000 donation to the American Civil Liberties Union. The news came not long after Iranian director Asghar Farhadi — whose movie “The Salesman” is nominated for foreign language film — revealed that he would not attend the ceremony “even if exceptions” in President Trump’s Muslim travel ban “were to be made for my trip.” 

This is as it should be; these are divisive times, and art, or even entertainment, has always been a fulcrum for politics. Still, as anyone who has spent much time living in Los Angeles can tell...

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