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Oscar front-runners hard to find


Give Leonardo DiCaprio some credit: He’s worked hard to put himself in the Oscar conversation.The “Revenant” star famously ate a raw bison liver (which, he said, did NOT taste like chicken), waded through icy water and came down with the flu several times while portraying Hugh Glass, the vengeful 19th-century trapper, in the wilderness epic.For his efforts (including some acting), he’s considered the front-runner for best actor.That makes him unusual, because this year’s Oscar races feature very few front-runners at all.The nominations for the 88th Academy Awards will be announced Thursday morning.The 2016 Oscars may come under fire for all kinds of reasons. There are rumblings about revisiting the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite based on the presumed category leaders. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” may now be the highest-grossing movie of all time, but financial success is no guarantee of academy nominations.And will moviegoers be unhappy if, say, the little-seen “Room” bumps “The Martian” from the best picture list?There’s a lot up in the air.


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