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Surprised by these 5? The stories behind a quintet of unexpected Oscar nominees

I knew "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" would earn nominations for its three stars and that voters would make way for Meryl Streep for a record-extending 21st time.

But there were some Oscar nominations announced Tuesday that had me doing a double take, often with genuine joy. What happened? How did they pull it off? Let's look at the stories behind five of the year's more surprising nominees.


Paul Thomas Anderson's strange, spellbinding love story began screening Thanksgiving weekend at the

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