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In 1992 Robert Altman made “The Player,” a scathing satire on how shallow Hollywood filmmaking had become, and it came damn close to winning him an Oscar for best director. The next year, he made “Short Cuts,” based on the stories of Raymond Carver, and again came up short at the Oscars.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu — who has proven himself an acolyte of Altman with films such as “Babel” and “Amores Perros” — combined Hollywood-shaming comedy and Carver and went home with a fistful of Oscars for “Birdman.”

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