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Ann Dowd's One-Woman Oscar-Nomination Campaign

Actress Ann Dowd received huge acclaim for her role in the indie film Compliance. But the studio told her it didn't have money to lobby the Academy for a best supporting actress award for her. So Dowd did something exceedingly rare in Hollywood: She spent $13,000 on her own campaign.
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In 'Barbara,' A New Look At Life Behind The Wall

Already an awards-season staple, German historical dramas are moving beyond the horrors of the Third Reich and delving into the nuanced past of the former East Germany. Films like Christian Petzold's Barbara, a quiet story about a troubled young doctor, tell a different kind of history.
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Getting A Handle On Why Fingers Wrinkle

Why do your fingers get pruney after a long water bath? Only a handful of researchers (ever) have looked into the finger-wrinkling experience. Reporting in the journal Biology Letters, researchers make the case for finger wrinkles as treads — wet wrinkled fingers seem to grip better than wet smooth ones.
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'Lincoln,' 'Life Of Pi' Lead Oscar Nominations

Melissa Block talks to Bob Mondello about this year's Oscar nominees. Lincoln got the most nominations and one film — Silver Linings Playbook — snagged nominations in all four acting categories.
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What 'Lincoln' Says About Today's Congress

The anti-slavery movie has picked up a dozen Oscar nominations. Its resonance may stem partly from the way in which it shows politicians working out a deal on a tough issue — something many Americans ardently wish for today.
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Oscar Nominees Announced: 'Lincoln' Leads With 12

Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced in Los Angeles on Thursday. The movie Lincoln scored big with 12 nominations, including best picture.

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