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Previewing the Oscars 2010

The red carpet for the 82nd Academy Awards is unrolled outside the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 3, 2010. The Academy Awards will be held Sunday. (AP)

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Sunday night is Oscar night, and this year it’s Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosting — and a David and Goliath match-up center stage.

“The Hurt Locker,” set in the Iraq war, cost a pittance to make. “Avatar,” set on a distant moon, cost a quarter-billion. “Hurt Locker” would be the lowest-grossing Best Picture ever. “Avatar,” at $2 billion, the highest. Maybe neither will win. With ten nominees up for Best Picture this year, and a new voting system, it’s a tough night to predict.

Hollywood took on some big themes this year. From war in “Avatar,” “Hurt Locker,” and “Inglourious Basterds,” to quite different takes on African-American struggle in “The Blind Side” and “Precious.” Unemployment with George Clooney in “Up in the Air.”

And of course the wildcards: Jewish suburban life in “A Serious Man,” Pixar’s old-man adventure flick “Up.” English girl comes of age in “An Education,” and aliens in Johannesburg in “District 9.”

We’ve got Streep and Bullock, Bridges and Clooney, Mo’nique and Gyllenhaal.

This hour, On Point: We’re looking back on a year in film, from Navi to beef bourguignon, and handicapping the Oscars.

Guests:

Joining us from Philadelphia is Carrie Rickey, film critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

And with us in our studio is Wesley Morris, a film critic for The Boston Globe.

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