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Is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Too Divisive to Win an Oscar?

(L-r) SANDRA BULLOCK as Linda Schell and THOMAS HORN as Oskar Schell in Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama “EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has elicited pretty polarized reactions from audiences and critics, some of whom adore its emotional vibrancy, and some of whom find the film cloying.  A Golden Globe voter tells the New York Times that the HFPA voting pool was very split on the 9/11 drama, which is why despite the movie's pedigree it didn't garner any nominations. But the opposite could be true for the Oscars, where a complicated new balloting process weighs first-place votes far more heavily than any other ranking — so a few passionate voters who put the movie at the top of their lists have more sway than several moderately positive voters who put it somewhere in the middle. Plus, as the Times points out, "grief ... can be catnip for Academy voters." And boy, if you're looking for grief, look no further than Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Photo: François Duhamel/© 2011 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.