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Your Academy Awards-Nominated ‘Bests’ Check Off List.

The 80th annual Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24, and, of course, there are no assurances yet that the big gala will even happen this time. But the nominations for the past year’s best talent have been released, and if you want to enjoy the ceremonies to the max, you must get out to as many of the films with nominations as you can the next three and a half weeks. I find it is a challenge just to get to all those nominated for “Best Picture,” and have seen only one of the five so far. I’ll let you know how I wind up doing. One early prediction: since the Chinese New Year is upon us, and it launches the Year of the Rat, I predict “Ratatouille” will win for Best Animated Film, and rightly so.