A year of race debates and baffling lawsuits, and Brett Ratner's spectacular Oscar implosion

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We film folk can get worked up pretty easily, so while we found plenty of things to get all a-tizzy about in 2011, the assembled list of 2011′s film controversies doesn't exactly read like end-of-the-world, stop-the-presses stuff.

But these things are important to us! We're easily excitable! Thus, ratings and posters and Oscars and Darth Vader's scream were well worth talking about--then, and now.

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