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Losers Smile Through Pain as Oscar Hopes Dashed
By Andrew Quinn - March 25, 2002

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - You'd never guess it from their smiles.

Some of Hollywood's most famous and powerful figures -- not to mention hobbits -- walked away losers Sunday, drifting back to their limousines without the golden statuettes that mark the industry's highest honor.

Perhaps the biggest blowout of the night was "Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring," the fantasy blockbuster tipped as one of the strongest contenders for best picture and nominated in 13 categories.

But all its hobbits, elves, trolls and wizards couldn't conjure up a major Oscar for "Rings," which ended up with a scant four awards in secondary categories as psycho-drama "A Beautiful Mind" walked away with top honors.

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