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Countdown to Oscar: Screen Looks At The Nominees

If this year's Oscar nominations are a gauge of contemporary cinema, today's film-makers are apparently preoccupied with the dark side of the human soul - whether it be the unadulterated evil of the assassin in No Country For Old Men or the rotten heart of the oil magnate in There Will Be Blood, the murderous corruption of corporate America in Michael Clayton or war's poisonous murder of love in Atonement.

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