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A while back -- when the choices in Oscar's Best Director category seemingly narrowed the field and the guild awards began to single out a favorite -- one professional Oscar-watcher bemoaned the fallout from the endless handicapping and pontificating. Voters, he warned, would feel that they'd be wasting their Best Picture ballot unless they voted for "Argo" or "Lincoln" or "Silver Linings Playbook," or one of the small number of movies that was deemed to have a real shot at winning. A couple of weeks later, after Ben Affleck's movie had continued »

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