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"The Artist" may have been the big winner last night, but for better or worse, Viola Davis's surprise Best Actress loss to Meryl Streep is set to remain the principal talking point of this year's Academy Awards -- and it's one that is already provoking a range of critical and political reactions. Jesse Washington studies conflicted reactions in the black community to Davis's defeat, and finds many dismayed for the actress while still unable to get completely behind the character she plays in "The Help." One response everyone should be able to agree with, however, comes from diversity consultant Monika Brooks: "The problem is not that Davis played a maid. The problem is there's not more black people in really good roles." [Associated Press]
John Anderson wonders if, after last year's failed bid for youth appeal, this year's Oscars went too far in the other direction. [CNN]
With ratings for the Oscarcast up from last year but still modest, does the Academy just need to accept that this is as good as it gets? [New York Times]
Sasha Stone offers an evocative, somewhat melancholy reflection on her first ever trip to the Oscars. [Awards Daily]
Tom O'Neil, one of the few pundits who predicted Meryl Streep's upset win, breaks down how it happened. [Gold Derby]
Guy Adams examines what's next for the winning team of "The Artist," who are keen to hold onto their Frenchness. [The Independent]
Having enjoyed last night's show, Leonard Maltin is sick of the complaints that dog the Academy Awards every year, whatever form the ceremony takes. [IndieWire]
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