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Oscars 2015: How 'American Sniper' leaped over 'Selma'

Oscars 2015: How 'American Sniper' leaped over 'Selma'

"Selma" and "American Sniper" premiered at the AFI Fest on the same November night. Those standing in line outside the Egyptian Theatre for the 9 p.m. "Sniper" showing could hear the ovation from inside when "Selma" ended and the clapping continued long after writer-director Ava DuVernay, actors David Oyelowo and Common, and producers Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner walked onstage for a post-screening Q&A. It felt like a best picture powerhouse premiered that night. And it did. It just wasn't "Selma." Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper," a tough-minded portrait of Chris Kyle, the real-life U.S. Navy...

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