Will Oscar's top prize signal a retreat with '1917,' or an advance with 'Parasite'?

We look for meaning in our rituals, even if those rituals bank on money and voyeurism and self-promotion, and even if it’s simpler to say: It’s just a game. Or: It’s only a movie.The upcoming Academy Awards Sunday have a hell of an act to follow. The 92nd edition — in showbiz terms, that’s Betty White minus six years — arrives a week after the most recent Super Bowl, which handed the Kansas City Chiefs (that great Kansas institution, as our president tweeted initially after the game) its first championship in 50 years. An exciting game, all right, and if you factor in the Shakira/Jennifer Lope…

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