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It’s a new year and a good time for wishful thinking. Ballots have been mailed to Academy Award voters and must be returned by January 14, so to all my Oscar-voting readers — let’s for the moment assume I have any — here are some eligible contenders you haven’t been hearing about but deserve your attention.

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Ben Stiller, in 'Greenberg'

Dir. Noah Baumbach
(2010, R, 107 min)
★ ★ ★ ½

Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller) is a miserable fellow. As the film begins, his more successful brother, Phillip (Chris Messina), is preparing his family for a temporary move to Vietnam. His personal assistant Florence (Greta Gerwig, lovely and warm) will remain to care for the house, the dog, and house-sitter Roger — though which needs the most tending would be a matter of some dispute.

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