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In the immediate wake of Donald Trump's election as president, every aspect of American society suddenly seems to have taken on even more of a political dimension than usual. And that includes the choices that the Academy will make as it ponders this year's best picture contenders, for which the nominees will be announced Jan. 24.
Will voters opt for the relative escapism of a feel-good romance like Damien Chazelle's La La Land, which presents Los Angeles in the best possible, sunset-tinted light? Or will they be more invested in recognizing movies that tackle social issues, such as Denzel Washington's Fences, which looks at the repercussions of race in working-class 1950s Pittsburgh, or Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, which opens amid the near-tropical blight of public housing in Miami in the 1980s? Will it give a sympathetic hearing to the ennui of the one percent as depicted by Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals, or will it be more drawn to the sufferings of average folk like the middle-class denizens of Manchester by the Sea?
After two years of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the Academy now is making its choices amid a culture reeling from new evidence of its deep and pervasive divides — and voters may select movies to highlight or heal them. — Gregg Kilday
(Notable films from each quadrant of the grid highlighted below)
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