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Bacon, Penn Give Oscar-Worthy Portraits of Losers

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Bacon, Penn Give Oscar-Worthy Portraits of Losers

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Bacon, Penn Give Oscar-Worthy Portraits of Losers

Bacon, Penn Give Oscar-Worthy Portraits of Losers

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NPR's Bob Mondello reviews the performances of two actors who are expected to garner Oscar nominations for their performances: Kevin Bacon and Sean Penn. Both actors give harrowing psychological portraits of outsiders — Bacon plays a former child molester in The Woodsman and Penn plays a down-and-out salesman in The Assassination of Richard Nixon.