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SMART LIST: Pop culture talking points (Oscar edition)

By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

You will talk about: The jokes. Seeing as how the Oscar writing team will have had only a couple of weeks to officially work on the not-very-funny-during-a-good-year scripted banter of the presenters, is it possible the jokes may be worse this year? Or will the time pressure inspire the writers to new heights of hilarity? They say the best comedy comes from pain. (Miramax)