Oscars offer a best picture field rife with upbeat messages

Films nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Award have a uniting theme: upbeat messages.

FILE - This publicity film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook." Cooper was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, for his role in the film. The 85th Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 on ABC. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, JoJo Whilden, File)

FILE - This publicity film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook." Cooper was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, for his role in the film. The 85th Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 on ABC. (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, JoJo Whilden, File)

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