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After controversy, Oscar nominations could give 'Joker' the last laugh

(CNN)"'Joker's' Revenge" might overstate the movie's march through awards season, but "'Joker's' Redemption" would seem to apply, with significant recognition in Monday's Oscar nominations -- never mind winning -- potentially giving the DC-derived film the last laugh.After the dark spinoff from the Batman universe was greeted with both rave reviews and security concerns about its real-world repercussions, it went on to become one of the year's biggest hits, earning $334 million domestically in North America and more than $1 billion worldwide. Now, writer-director Todd Phillips R-rated movie looks poised to snag a best-picture nomination, in what amounts to the designated slot for a genuine blockbuster (last year, "Black Panther" broke thro ...
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