Extremely Unlikely & Incredibly Strange

I’m going to start rooting through this year’s Oscar nominations in the Best Picture category, because it’s the biggest award of the ceremony, and the surprising roster of contenders is a good place to start. And it lets us look at Oscar’s big crime of inclusion: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

At first glance, the inclusion of the critically lambasted box-office dud Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close among the movies nominated for the Best Picture Oscar by the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seems pretty inexplicable. But if you think about it long enough, the nomination begins to make (a bit of) twisted Hollywood sense.
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