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Oscars have clear favorites, wild-card MacFarlane

February 24, 2013 • Business, Entertainment


A statue in the likeness of an Oscar award is displayed on the red carpet for the 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. The Academy Awards are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some firsts and other rarities are possible at Sunday night’s Academy Awards. But if the Oscars could be just a little less predictable, the show might really be one for the record books.

Ben Affleck’s “Argo” looks like it will uniquely claim best picture without a directing nomination, while “Lincoln” filmmaker Steven Spielberg and star Daniel Day-Lewis are favored to join exclusive lists of three-time Oscar winners.

If some longshots came in, the night could produce two more three-time acting winners — Sally Field from “Lincoln” and Robert De Niro for “Silver Linings Playbook.”

We could also have the oldest or youngest acting winner ever — 86-year-old “Amour” star Emmanuelle Riva and 9-year-old Quvenzhane (Kwa-VEHN-ja-nay) Wallis of “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

The ABC television broadcast itself could set some fresh highs or lows. Oscar overseers keep talking about pacing and trimming fat from a ceremony that’s dragged on interminably, approaching four and a half hours one year. Can they keep it tight and lively enough that viewers don’t think about gouging out their eyes around the Login to read more

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