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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hold its annual self-congratulatory gala this weekend, forever enshrining in the annals of cinema the performances and films it elects to recognize this year. We can reasonably expect that history will not be entirely kind to those choices. Movies widely recognized as classics today often had no, or at best scant, Oscar recognition in their own time. Roger Ebert, in his Great Movies series of humorous, insightful essays, looked back at the films that — for one reason or another — have endured as masterpieces, and had a profound impact on the industry and the art. Some of them are even Oscar winners.

You can purchase the first book in the series here.

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Americans are currently experiencing one of the most peculiar public episodes of my lifetime. Amid a deadly worldwide disease epidemic, many people are behaving like medieval peasants: alternately denying the existence of the plague, blaming an assortment of imaginary villains, or running around seeking chimerical miracle cures.

Feed store Ivermectin? I've administered it to horses, cows and dogs. But to my wife? No thank you. It says right on the label that it's not for human consumption. But at least you won't die of heartworm.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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