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February 23, 2009

Oscar picks: More right than wrong!

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We were tripped up by the best foreign film -- we thought for sure it would be awards hoarder "Waltz With Bashir" and not the Japanese undertaker tale "Departures" -- a couple of shorts and a tech category. 

That's what kept us from having a perfect score on our Oscar predictions, but we still managed 19 out of 24. We'll gloat for only a few minutes, given that so many of the winners were not even close to being surprises.

In fact, that's probably why much of the talk today is about the "81st Annual Academy Awards" show itself rather than those who snagged Little Gold Men. Did anyone really believe that Kate Winslet would go home empty-handed a sixth time? Or that "Slumdog Millionaire" wouldn't melt Academy voters' hearts like it did everyone else's?

The winners did give a giant boost of confidence to the crippled indie film business and show us all the multiculti face of today's entertainment.

THR has extensive coverage of the kudos, backstage reaction from the winners, slideshows and more. Knock yourselves out.

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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.

    Watch this blog for updates, ephemera and all manner of postulating.

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  • Mmmmm, chocolate Oscar. Not every star will walk away from the 81st annual Academy Awards with a trophy, but if they hit the high-profile Governor's Ball they can have pastry chef Sherry Yard's gold-dusted candy version. Also on the menu from celeb chef Wolfgang Puck is tuna tartare in sesame miso cones, chopped Chino Farms vegetable salad with ginger soy vinaigrette, Maine lobster and caviar. Serve it up! (Getty Images)

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