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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Oscar Nominations And Liking What's Popular

Oscars 2012: The 84th Academy Awards

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Oscar Nominations And Liking What's Popular

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The Oscar nominations are like a small group of mosquitoes in your bedroom — you may want to ignore them, but you can't. (We talked about how the Best Picture nominees were determined, but if you want a fuller explanation, here is one.) We talked about how Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close managed to be nominated, whether Moneyball is the real surprise nominee, and how many ways we can amuse ourselves by saying "War Horse." Unsurprisingly, Glen has a few ideas about what the Oscars are going to sound like, and hearing him read them aloud is even better than reading them on Twitter.

Our other topic this week was how to go about making your case for something for which people already think they've heard the case made. Attack The Block?Our first in-depth discussion of The X Files? We've got 'em, and some other stuff, too.

As always, we wrap up with what's making us happy this week, including my new favorite Tumblr, a completely joyful video of people watching television (really! no, it's great!), and more.

You can find us on Twitter: me, Trey, Stephen, Glen and Mike. Or find us on Facebook and tell us what's making you happy this week.

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