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Couple more Oscar tidbits: Donald Kaufman was nominated (along with his brother, Charlie) for Best Adapted Screenplay. That’s gotta be a first. Also, the meticulous kodi notes that none of the Best Picture nominees take place in the modern era. This shows that Miramax likes historicals. Joke! Except not really.

Edit: fixed my gross misquote of kodi. I plead running out the door.

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  1. Augh! Misquote! I said “set wholly in the modern era.” I actually deleted a whole paragraph on what I meant by “modern era.”

    Now that I reflect, I guess it’s strictly speaking true to say that none of them take place in “this century,” if by “this century” you mean “the century bounded by round numbered years which we are currently occupying.” So if that’s what you meant, it doesn’t make me sound like an idiot.

    But three of the five nominees take place literally within the century ending today, and a fourth is commonly challenged as a thinly veiled allegory for events in the same century.

    For the sake of reference, my modern era began sometime between the end of the 1950s and the end of the Vietnam War, depending on context.

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