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Continued: With '12 Years a Slave' and 'American Hustle,' awards season a sequel, too

  • Article by: JOHN RASH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 17, 2014 - 6:19 PM

Today’s malaise may not measure as high on the “misery index” invoked by Ronald Reagan to defeat Carter. But at a time of partisan paralysis, distrust in institutions and fundamental doubts that the American dream is accessible beyond the well-connected, these archetype Americans — and their hustle — may resonate not just with viewers, but also with voters in Hollywood.


John Rash is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. The Rash Report can be heard at 8:20 a.m. Fridays on WCCO Radio, 830-AM. On Twitter: @rashreport.

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  • Clockwise from upper left are actors Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave,” Christian Bale in “American Hustle,” Ben Affleck in “Argo” and Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln.”

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