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Life's film critic picks the golden gong winners of the 86th Academy Awards

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The last time the Los Angeles Times checked, the nearly 6,000 Oscar voters were 94% white, 77% male, almost 100% American, with the average age of 62. So much for movies as democracy, so much for art as majoritarianism, because to guess the Oscar winners — the time-honoured and completely useless activity practised around the world — is to guess the taste and preference of these faceless voters. 

Still, we’re compelled like alcoholics to watch the televised broadcast of the world’s biggest self-celebratory event, which falls on Monday morning in our time zone. The good news is that Hollywood has had a decent harvest in 2013, and the nominees sound like something that people will continue to discuss, unlike the past few years that yielded rather flimsy winners. Anyway, since most of the nominees have been released in Thailand (except in some categories), you work your own crystal ball while I’m working mine. Here’s the prediction.

Foreign Language Film

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