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And so it all begins again. So far the 2014 Oscar contenders include a trio of Sundance hits: writer-director Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight," co-written by and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy (who shared a screenplay nomination with Linklater for "Before Sunset"), "Fruitvale," Ryan Coogler's true story of the killing of Oscar Grant by a San Francisco cop, starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer, and David Lowery's western "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," starring Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Keith Carradine.  Out of Cannes emerged the Coens' 60s musical "Inside Llewyn Davis," starring Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan, Asghar Farhadi's "The Past," starring Palme d'Or-winner Berenice Bejo (who was nominated for supporting actress for "The Artist"), Alexander Payne's road movie "Nebraska," starring Best Actor winner Bruce Dern, James Gray's "The Immigrant," starring well-reviewed Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix, and Palme d'Or-winner "Blue Is The Warmest Color, »

- Anne Thompson

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