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Sex and the Oscars

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Best Picture winners and nominees that paused for passionBy James RocchiSpecial to MSN MoviesLooking at the list of Oscar winners and nominees throughout the history of the Academy Awards, it's a lot easier to find making war than making love — and a lot harder to find sex scenes that actually contribute to the film's plot, points and prestige. We scoured the list of Best Picture winners and nominees to take the pulse of Hollywood's willingness to show, and talk, about sex — and also examine how attitudes and art have changed since the Academy Awards began in 1929. It's a list that jumps from sinking ships to the English Renaissance, infidelity to gender-bending, and one that incorporates some truly impressive moments in filmmaking, as well as a few moments of well-captured sexual anxiety. With that said, get ready for a trip through sex in the cinema through Oscar-colored lenses ... and, bluntly, prepare yourself for some bracing acting and some bracing, uh, action.Bing: More about the 2013 Academy Awards | More about Best Picture winnersFor more movie news, follow MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter. ("It Happened One Night"/SNAP/Rex Features; "Ghost"/Paramount/Everett/Rex Features)
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