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 DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox shows Daniel Day-Lewis portraying Abraham Lincoln in the film "Lincoln." Best-picture prospects for Oscar Nominations on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, include, ìLincoln,î directed by Steven Spielberg; ìZero Dark Thirty,î directed by Kathryn Bigelow; ìLes Miserables,î directed by Tom Hooper; ìArgo,î directed by Ben Affleck; ìDjango Unchained,î directed by Quentin Tarantino; and ìLife of Pi,î directed by Ang Lee. (AP Photo/DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, David James, file)

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