Trends Emerge Among Oscar Contenders NPR's Bob Mondello says similarities often emerge among movies sharing a season, and that is especially apparent this year. The most obvious are the 19th-century war movies (Master and Commander, The Last Samurai, and Cold Mountain) -- but there are more obscure trends, like films that include a dead child in their plots (Mystic River, In America, 21 Grams).
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Trends Emerge Among Oscar Contenders

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Trends Emerge Among Oscar Contenders

Trends Emerge Among Oscar Contenders

Trends Emerge Among Oscar Contenders

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NPR's Bob Mondello says similarities often emerge among movies sharing a season, and that is especially apparent this year. The most obvious are the 19th-century war movies (Master and Commander, The Last Samurai, and Cold Mountain) — but there are more obscure trends, like films that include a dead child in their plots (Mystic River, In America, 21 Grams).

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