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The best actors in bad films

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Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in “Green Book”

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in “Green Book”

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This year, the Motion Picture Academy proposed a variety of ideas to boost the waning ratings of the Oscar telecast — from ditching hosts to removing (then unremoving) categories from the TV broadcast.

Kurt Andersen argues that this populist sentiment led to an odd disconnect this year: mediocre movies nominated for Best Picture only because of a great leading actor. Kurt lists his favorite performances in 2018 from not-so-excellent films.

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