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The 2014 Academy Awards

Oscar picks: Good as gold

It was a dandy year at the movies: 2013 delivered ambitious themes, great performances, stellar craftsmanship, and satisfying entertainment. (All in all, it was nearly enough to pull you away from binge-watching “Breaking Bad.”) With most of the Oscar-nominated films possessing both quality and commercial appeal, expect hefty viewership for the 86th Academy Awards telecast on ABC starting at 8 p.m. on March 2. Expect a showdown, too, between history (“12 Years a Slave”) and imagination (“Gravity”), with sheer movie pleasure (“American Hustle”) possibly showing up to crash the party.

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