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This film image released by Sony - Columbia Pictures shows Tom Hanks, center, in a scene from "Captain Phillips."  The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. The 86th Academy Awards will be held on March 2.  (AP Photo/Sony - Columbia Pictures)

This film image released by Sony - Columbia Pictures shows Tom Hanks, center, in a scene from "Captain Phillips." The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. The 86th Academy Awards will be held on March 2. (AP Photo/Sony - Columbia Pictures)

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