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January 31, 2008

Star of his own show

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We can only assume that if this were a "regular" year in awards show terms, Sid Ganis would be happily blogging away about the behind-the-scenes prep and other run-up to the Oscars. You know, something like "Academy Awards Funniest Videos."

As it is, there's a lone post on the Academy president's "very first video blog ever" -- from nomination day early last week. Hey, coming up with Plans B, C and D takes time, people. (Word is that Ganis will resume his starring role in the vlog next week).

Meantime, he's given some indication of what The Not-So-Big Show would look like if the strike continues, the telecast has no WGA waiver and a picket line shuts out the starpower. It will center on:

"history and packages of film and concepts that are not normally ones that we would have for the show if we were moving straight ahead."

In other words, a Price Waterhouse-fueled snoozefest. May we suggest, in this case, a national drinking game with shots all around for every time the words "legacy," "grandeur," and "heritage" are uttered. Cheers!

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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

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