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How big a win is this for Ava DuVernay's drama? The film's five nominations including Best Film, Best Male Lead, Best Director, Best Supporting Female and Best Cinematography are huge. The film is barely done and Paramount was unable to send out screeners to the committees. Instead, they had to show it at the last minute in theaters in LA, New York and Chicago, which, obviously, made them concerned. No concern needed. Great films rise to the top.
- Gregory Ellwood