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Oscars' 9 Best Pictures Are Extras In a World of Box Office Heroes

6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
Studio: Summit Entertainment
2012 U.S. box office take: $292 million

Oscar No. 6.Silver Linings Playbook
Studio: Weinstein Company
2012 U.S. box office take: $100 million

There is one universal truth that binds these two films: Someone got dragged to one or both of them under the premise that there would be some making out later on.

The Twilight series, its shimmery vampires and chaste teens literally ripped asunder by pregnancy have been relegated to the bargain bin with worn, black Stephanie Meyer paperbacks and old copies of Teen Witch, Monster Squad and Dark Shadows. The Pacific Northwest can now sleep soundly knowing that crossover SUVs full of high school students will no longer be holding up the line at the espresso stands outside the gas stations of its gray, damp lumber towns.

Silver Linings Playbook, meanwhile, continued the Oscar trend of throwing a bone to populist, star-studded, tear-jerking money makers such as Erin Brockovich and The Blind Side. That it did so while getting typecast jackass Bradley Cooper a Best Actor nomination in a film where he shares the screen with Robert De Niro is no small feat. But come on, the story of a bipolar guy hurt by the woman he loves who finds redemption in dance and a widow with a heart of gold? Were there an Oscar category for date movies, this film would have run away with it.

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