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It had been an outstanding year for motion pictures, but the 1993 Academy Awards race seemed pretty clear by that December. The black and white holocaust drama “Schindler’s List” and its overdue director Steven Spielberg had virtually swept the critics’ awards and seemed unstoppable. Tom Hanks was coming off of the summer smash “Sleepless in Seattle” with the highly anticipated “Philadelphia,” in which he played a lawyer with AIDS fighting back against the firm which had fired him. Holly Hunter was racking up prizes for her role as a mute bride in 19th century New Zealand in “The Piano.” And Tommy Lee Jones was being touted his supporting role as Us marshal trailing Harrison Ford in “The Fugitive.” All of them cemented their frontrunner statuses when they won Golden Globes, and the Oscar presentation would almost seem like a mere formality. The one race which did appear to be a bit. »

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