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This year, the Oscars attempted to host a semi-virtual ceremony that was supposed to play out like a movie.

It did this with mixed levels of success — until the ending.

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Frances McDormand in Nomadland

Chloé Zhao's Nomadland is one of the most celebrated films of the year.

It's also one of the year's most disorienting films. It refuses easy answers or character judgments, leaving the viewer with an array of questions and, for some, an empty feeling that in no small way resembles the expansive, empty American landscapes that define the film's setting.

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