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Albert Brooks

Oscar nominations a blast from the past

Oscar nominations a blast from the past

John Osborne wrote the key post-World War II British drama "Look Back in Anger," later filmed in 1959. By contrast there’s very little anger in all the look-backs among this year’s Academy Award nominations. Oscar's unofficial slogan in early 2012 is more like "Look Back with Bittersweet Nostalgia at the Industry’s Salad Days."

"Hugo,"director Martin Scorsese's nostalgic reflection on the early silent era and the legacy of fantasy filmmaker Georges Melies, leads the pack of this year’s Oscar nominations with 11 (