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In the beginning it was called the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and/or Sciences. While its ostensible purpose was management-approved mediation, its implicit goal was to pre-empt actors, writers and directors from organizing, as carpenters, musicians and electricians had done in 1926. Statuettes were an afterthought. Is it cynical to ask whether the Academy Awards have outlived their relevance?

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A visitor at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art made her mark, unexpectedly, on Pablo Picasso's turn-of-the-last-century painting "The Actor" by accidentally falling into it Friday and adding a 6-inch rip not intended by the artist to the lower right corner of the canvas. Big oops!

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