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December 30 – New York Times
By Michael Cieply

AMID the giggles from Billy Crystal, will the Oscars add a touch of drama this year?

One can hope.

At what should have been the climax of last year’s show, images from the 10 best picture nominees filled the screen, while the voice of Colin Firth, who had already won his inevitable prize for portraying the stammering King George VI, delivered lines from

“The King’s Speech,” right on top of ostensible competitors like “Black Swan” and “The Social Network.”

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