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“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” was released last Christmas in the United States, slightly after the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. One would like to suppose that the filmmakers realized the crassness of opening a 9/11-themed film any closer to the actual anniversary, but I’d bet good money the reason they held off for a few months was to grab a prime position in the Oscar race.

Featuring a precocious child with borderline Asperger’s syndrome — and we all know how much the Academy likes to reward those playing the mentally challenged — and shamelessly proffering 9/11 with a con man’s promise of catharsis and “closure,” “Extremely Loud” has indeed managed to snap up an entirely undeserved Best Picture nomination.

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