Dev Patel

Playing 'Six Degrees of Separation' with this year's Oscar acting nominees

Playing 'Six Degrees of Separation' with this year's Oscar acting nominees

Kevin Bacon pops up in the large-ensemble “Patriots Day,” which failed to gain traction in the annual movie awards race. Still, his welcome appearance gives pause to revive his namesake “Six Degrees of Separation” parlor game. And what better time to play than with this season’s ostensibly disparate posse of Oscar acting nominees?

They cut a wide swath: A veteran French screen queen (Isabelle Huppert) — 16 Cesar nominations! — whose rare Hollywood detours include 1980’s legendary box-office fiasco “Heaven’s Gate”  … a 20-year-old seeming newbie (Lucas Hedges) who looks like he’s still shaving peach fuzz … a British actress (Naomie Harris) who had to film her part in...

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