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Oscars prove a tender trap for some

Award nominees realise fast it's not about how talented they are; it's how useful their type is

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw (above) and Ellar Coltrane are considered possible nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Ellar Coltrane (above) are considered possible nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards.

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Barkhad Abdi (above) - a supporting-actor nominee at the 2014 Academy Awards for his Somali pirate role in "Captain Phillips" - says "the red carpet is fun, but it's not real. It is easy to forget that."

LOS ANGELES

EVERY year at this time, a few dozen actors are paraded through Hollywood like livestock before judges at a really fancy state fair.

There they stand, all hosed down with their fur meticulously brushed, blinking in the hot glare of the awards season spotlight. A-listers

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