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January 07, 2008

They love us in Sweden


The Hoff has the Germans, but we've got the Swedes!

Trying to make sense of this chaotic awards season, a freelancer from a Swedish newspaper known for its arts and entertainment coverage contacted Gold Rush today for our assessment. We polished off the old "nobody knows anything" cliche, but that didn't seem to suffice. Maybe what we should've said is, "No, we really don't know anything."

But she persisted. Bless your optimistic reportorial heart, Karin Svensson.

There was a method to her madness.

The awards are a point of interest in the land of Abba, Ikea, Vikings and Volvos because all the Oscar-bait films that are released in a flurry here in fourth quarter are just hitting the cineplexes in Sweden, she said. They'll roll out all spring, coinciding with our awards-doling ceremonies.

Since American films are so dominant there, the awards they garner carry a considerable amount of weight to moviegoers. Maybe even more so, we figure, than in the States. (Some recent top boxoffice draws there include "Enchanted," "American Gangster" and "Ratatouille," according to BoxOfficeMojo, all of which far outgross the locally grown product).

It's a reminder that the world is watching the strike-plagued state of our wide-open horse race, with fans far and wide wondering if they'll be deprived of their sure-thing pub bets and time-delayed TV awards snooze-a-thons.

Anyway, if you haven't renewed your subscription to Svenska Dagbladet, now would be the time. We'll let you know if any of our "words of wisdom" make it into print there.


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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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