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January 27, 2008

Oscar preview

Blog_daylewisMore foreshadowing of Oscar: Daniel Day-Lewis won best actor just now for his spellbinding work in "There Will Be Blood," his second such SAG award (the other for "Gangs of New York").

The second mention (and the first intelligent and insightful) of the night of Heath Ledger -- Day-Lewis paid tribute to Ledger's "unique" and "perfect" work in "Monster's Ball" and "Brokeback Mountain." And he dedicated his award to Ledger. Class all the way.

And Julie Christie won for her heartbreaking performance in "Away From Her," from bright new auteur Sarah Polley. Looking more radiant than women decades her junior, Christie talked about her reluctance to do the awards show circuit and apologized for forgetting anyone, "but that's because I'm still in character." Class squared.

Best film -- "No Country for Old Men." Need we say more? Just this -- get used to it.


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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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