Going Oscar wild

The first eight pages of this morning's Calendar section in the Times—including six full opens plus most of the cover—are devoted to coverage of the Oscar nominations. The State of the Union speech and reaction gets 3½ pages inside the A section; the obituary of Coretta Scott King two. (So yes, there is far more coverage of the Oscar nods than of anything else that happened in the world yesterday.) Included in Calendar's Oscar package are comments posted by readers on the Times' website and a James Bates column that observes:

All you need to know about how hard it will be to get people to watch the Oscars is that a nominated documentary about penguins has been watched by more moviegoers than any of the five best picture contenders.

Or that four out of five people and sometimes fewer tuning into the broadcast will not have seen any of those movies in a theater.

The most against-the-grain piece is Richard Rushfield's notes from inside the press conference room on the five hours leading up to the announcement.


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