On Day One of the annual Film Experience Oscar Symposium we grouched about the dull Best Picture race but got excited about Best Actor. By the time we hit Day Two we were deep in the doldrums of Oscar's unimaginative comfort zones, the lack of cocktail chatter movies as great as 2007's critical champs, and the public's disinterest in non-escapist fare. Will things ever change? Is the celluloid sky falling? So on Day Three we used "Poppy" (Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky) as avatar to guide us out of our despair.
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