Neda Ulaby Neda Ulaby reports on arts, entertainment, and cultural trends for NPR's Arts Desk.

Robert Duvall (right) was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Judge, which also starred Robert Downey Jr. The nomination left many critics scratching their heads. Claire Folger/AP hide caption

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And The Oscar Goes To ... Wait, Who Hasn't Had One In A While?

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Kim Fowley, Producer And Rock Svengali, Dies

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Syrian political cartoonist Ali Farzat sits at his desk at a Kuwaiti newspaper on Dec. 14, 2011. Earlier that year, Farzat was badly beaten in retaliation for cartoons that mocked Syrian President Bashar Assad. Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Satire In The Muslim World: A Centuries-Long Tradition

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Social media provides voice to movements and helps drive them. Picking the right platforms for these sensitive conversations, though, is a sign of our growing digital sophistication. iStockphoto hide caption

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Managing Conversations Online Is A Puzzle Of Picking Platforms

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Bess Myerson Was An Author, TV Personality, Civil Servant

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Mary Timony Brings 'Understated Swagger' To Ex Hex

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Every year, David DeBoy and The Hons (Wendy Savelle, center, and Karen Fitze) perform a live — and often sold-out — show in the upstairs cabaret of a Baltimore restaurant. Courtesy of David DeBoy hide caption

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'Crabs For Christmas': A Tuneful Baltimore Tradition (Really!)

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Charismatic Singer Joe Cocker Dies At 70

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Author Of 'Clifford' Children's Books Dies At 86

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Quvenzhané Wallis, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, plays little orphan Annie in the new film adaptation of the 1977 musical. Barry Wetcher/Sony Pictures Entertainment hide caption

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The Annie Of Tomorrow Has The Same Hard Knocks, But Different Hair

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Something tells us OkCupid won't be including an identifier for people who are attracted to pirates. Oivind Hovland/Ikon Images/Corbis hide caption

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Sapiosexual Seeks Same: A New Lexicon Enters Online Dating Mainstream

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In an independent, Australian film, a single mother (Essie Davis) and her troubled young son (Noah Wiseman) are terrorized by a mysterious character from a children's book called Mister Babadook. Matt Nettheim/Causeway Films hide caption

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Beware The 'Babadook,' The Monster Of Your Own Making

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'Do They Know It's Christmas?' Raises Hackles As Well As Dollars

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Gary Wilmes, James Stanley and Pete Simpson star in Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men. Julieta Cervantes hide caption

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In 'Straight White Men,' A Play Explores The Reality Of Privilege

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