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"Youth," Paolo Sorrentino's 2015 feature, is not among the films nominated for the best film Oscar later this month.It may be because the Italian writer-director did win the Academy's prize for best foreign language film in 2014 – for his 2013 feature "La Grande Bellezza".Putting aside significant incidentals, like Sorrentino's decision to make this film in English, "Youth" is similar to "Bellezza" in certain key respects. Another filmmaker would have had Fred and Mick propel the entire film.The best-developed secondary characters are Weisz's Lena, who – thanks to pop star Paloma Faith – stumbles upon a personal crisis of her own, and Jimmy Tree (Paul Dano), an unusually thoughtful Hollywood actor who befriends Fred. David Lang's "Simple Songs #3" – fragments of which echo through the entire film before it's performed properly for The Queen – has been nominated for "Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song".
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