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An abbreviated version of this story appeared in this week's print edition of The Hollywood Reporter. Being the subject of Oscar buzz should be an unadulterated thrill, but for one first-time contender it has come at considerable expense. Ann Dowd, a veteran character actress, earned the best reviews of her career for her performance as a restaurant manager targeted by a sadistic prankster in Craig Zobel’s controversial indie Compliance. The low-budget film was one of the standouts at January’s Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by Magnolia Pictures, which released it this fall. It never played in

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