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Bits & Pieces: Haynes' big night

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The eyes of the show biz world will be on Hollywood for the 88th Academy Awards, Sunday, Feb. 28.

A filmmaker who calls Portland home, Todd Haynes, has one of the more acclaimed and feted films up for honors.

“Carol” is an adaptation of the 1952 novel, “The Price of Salt,” by Patricia Highsmith. It’s a drama/lesbian romance about a department store clerk dreaming of a better life who falls in love with an older, married woman in 1950s New York — cutting-edge stuff for a 1952 story, because the author allowed the subjects to be happy, and the suspense came from the anticipation of intimacy. It stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson and Kyle Chandler. (It screened at Hollywood Theatre in January and surely will be available for purchase and downloading). It’s up for six Academy Awards: Best Cinematography, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Blanchett), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Mara), Best Costume Design, Best Original Score and Best Adapted Screenplay.

‘Amazing Race’ update

Portland-area native Zach King and wife Rachel slipped in the standings in the second episode of “Amazing Race,” which features duos who work in social media. (The Kings were featured in the Feb. 9 Tribune).

The couple, tackling challenges in and around Cartagena, Colombia, in last Friday’s airing of the show, came in sixth. One team was eliminated, leaving 11 duos for the next show, Friday, Feb. 26. For more: www.cbs.com/

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Big news

There’ll be plenty of buildup, but make your plans now to attend the International Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Championships, Nov. 4-6. The local club, the Rose City Rollers, will be the host. The club’s all-star team, Wheels of Justice, won the championship for the top-level WFTDA Division I teams last year.