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What the Movies Say About Being a Man in 2010

The 2010 Oscars may be old news, but their cultural significance lives on. The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, Crazy Heart: The Best Actor nominations from these films are emblematic of how men see themselves, as people and professionals, in 2010.

All three stories are about men with established track records of success in professions of high risk and reward. These are men of conflicting impulses: Preferring to work independently, yet excelling as mentors; abjuring recognized authority, yet rigorously adhering to a personal code.

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