The fight for the Oscar is often a bloody one, filled with subplots, capers, and strategic stabs to the back, metaphorically speaking. But this year an unusual amount of mayhem is showing up in the movies themselves. Academy members in the thick of screenings for the Oscars could be forgiven for wishing they had donned surgical scrubs for what has become a very bloody year. In part this year's Oscar race is simply reflecting a long, but steady trend toward more frank violence in movies that still manage to get an R rating... So the 6,000 or so members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences-- which often seems to lack a funny bone, as comedies rarely do well come Oscar time--have a real taste for the macabre, despite conventional wisdom that says concern about industry standards and the senior status of many voters puts violent films at a disadvantage. David Carr reports.
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