Pressure at the Academy Awards | Dr. Hendrie Weisinger

February 19, 2015 4:30 PM

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It's a familiar Hollywood scene: a high-stakes competition, millions on the line, winner-takes-all and the whole world is watching. On February 22, you won't have to go to the movies to feel the drama these story elements create -- just tune in to the Academy Awards.

While we might multitask during the opening monologue or the performance of a nominated song, most of us are at attention as soon as we hear: "The nominations are." It's analogous to the last play of the Super Bowl with the game on the line -- we watch, usually on the edge of our seat.

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