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Continued: From 'Wolf of Wall Street' to 'Blue Jasmine,' Oscars rich in tales of wealthy and poor

  • Article by: JAKE COYLE , Associated Press
  • Last update: February 17, 2014 - 10:05 AM

Paul Greengrass' "Captain Phillips," up for six awards including best picture, might have easily been just from the perspective of the American hero, says lead Tom Hanks. But the film gives equal attention to the story of the terrorizing Somali pirates, who live in poverty and corruption but alongside a well-trafficked trade route.

"Every ship that goes by has BMWs and tennis shoes and TV sets and peanuts on it," says Hanks. "So the source of their hopelessness is worthy of some degree of examination and some degree of dramatization.

"It's not the same movie unless you have that element to it."

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