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Oscar nominations: Boutique items, indies and renegades dominate best pictures

Just look at the best picture nominees:

"127 Hours," "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "The King's Speech," "The Kids Are All Right" and "Winter's Bone" were all produced by independent or specialty companies (even though Paramount distributed "The Fighter"). Warner Bros. financed "Inception" for Christopher Nolan to thank him for the "Dark Knight" series -- like it or not, it's his movie.

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"True Grit," a Paramount release, is that special kind of critter, a Coen Brothers picture. "The Social Network," a Sony release, was directed by David Fincher, one of the most exacting and individual of all contemporary filmmakers -- whoever thought of putting him and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin together deserves to stand at the podium if it wins best picture.

About the only film nominated that was developed from start to finish in an Old-Hollywood studio way was "Toy Story 3" -- by Pixar, naturally. (It was terrific to see it earn a nod for best script written from previously published material. Some day a movie this good will earn a directing nod, too, even if it is a cartoon.)

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