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History is front and center at this year’s Oscars

If last year’s Academy Awards represented a contest between competing visions of movie history in “The Artist” and “Hugo,” the 2013 Oscar lineup is about actual history — the topical events of then and now. Whether that history is portrayed (or misportrayed, depending on who’s talking) with epic sentiment (“Lincoln”), audience-pleasing savvy (“Argo”), or nonjudgmental cool (“Zero Dark Thirty”), it’s ultimately all about the craft, and these are three expertly crafted films. And don’t count out “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and especially “Amour” — two dark horses that may spoil a few races. Here are the picks of Globe movie critic Ty Burr.

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