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Did Academy voters just clear a path to the stage for Steven Spielberg and "Lincoln?" Or did they indicate that Spielberg's historical drama has unexpectedly serious  challengers not in the two CIA-themed dramas expected to be best-pic contenders, but in David O. Russell's delicious bipolar comedy "Silver Linings Playbook" or Ang Lee's visionary "Life of Pi?" With a stunning set of nominations highlighted by a Best Director category that almost no one could have envisioned, Oscar voters upended conventional wisdom and placed a huge obstacle in the way of Ben Affleck's "Argo" »


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