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The annual list of films eligible for general-category Oscar consideration is always a bit of a dispiriting one. Every viable contender is on the list, as well as plenty of non-viable ones, but many of the year's best films from the foreign and independent spheres aren't. That's not the Academy's fault -- a film has to be submitted to be considered -- but it does reveal how the expense and effort of an Oscar campaign is all too often beyond the means of the little guys. So it is that this year's list of 289 eligible titles includes "Grown Ups 2," but "Upstream Color," "Mother of George" and "A Hijacking," for example, are all officially out of contention. [AMPAS]
R. Kurt Osenlund rounds up the worst movie posters of 2013. [Slant]
Glenn Whipp reports from an Academy screening of "American Hustle" over the weekend. Turns out they love Jennifer Lawrence. Who knew? [LA Times]
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