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The Oscars just proved they’re relevant again

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As celebrities began making their way onto the Oscars red carpet this Sunday, I didn’t expect to be surprised. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which manages the ceremony, has a way of acting rather… predictably, shall we say. Things the Academy likes: movies about Hollywood. Movies about acting. Big splashy performances in which a household name brings a historical figure back to life or goes full Method. Things the Academy – and, to be fair, the entertainment industry as a whole across the world – tends to overlook: women. People of colour. Foreign language features.

All this to say, with Todd Philips’s Joker leading the Oscars nominations and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood trailing not too far behind, I went into the evening thinking I knew what to expect. After all, this is the same Academy (well, almost the same, since........

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