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Snooze Oscar for Lincoln watcher

New York, Feb. 13 (AP): Nancy Zwiers was genuinely psyched to see Lincoln, but something happened between the ticket purchase and the credits. Off screen, that is.

“Yes, I fell asleep,” confessed the 54-year-old. “I only have two clear memories of the movie: a bunch of old white guys sitting around talking and Sally Field in a perpetual state of angst.”

That was shortly after its release in October. Fast forward to January, and a dozen Academy Award nominations for the 150-minute epic and another accolade has emerged: nap worthy, with and without apologies to Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis.

Movie napping is almost certainly as old as cinema itself. It strikes the overtired and the well-rested, film nuts and occasional theatregoers. Some blame it on soporific popcorn. Others on the enveloping darkness and a comfy seat. The theatre is too hot. The theatre is too cold, too crowded, not crowded enough ...

Any which way, cinematic snoozing seems near epidemic proportions this awards season with buzz with extra ZZZs for Lincoln, the 157-minute sung Les Miserables, the 169-minute The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure and others cited as good for a snore, but not always due to extra minutes.

Forget the theory that movie watchers of a certain age are more heavily afflicted.

 
 
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