- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

As if they weren’t anonymous enough amid a stream of American stars, the two leads of the “The Broken Circle Breakdown” were barely recognizable even to those who saw and loved the Belgian nominee for Oscar’s Best Foreign Film.

Lead actor Johan Heldenbergh was shorn of the shaggy hair he wears in the unusual film that features Dutch-speaking bluegrass musicians parenting a cancer-stricken daughter. His thick beard had been trimmed to a light goatee.

Lead actress Veerle Baetens’ strapless-and-backless gown showed that the head-to-toe tattoos she sported in the movie were for the most part phony.

Both walked the carpet, however, with huge smiles that were unmistakably real.

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