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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.

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