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February 06, 2008

Raise the roof...where?


Mortgage meltdown! Healthcare crisis! Writers strike! Oscar shindigs canceled! Wait, Oscar shindigs canceled?!

Aside from the just passed Super Tuesday primaries -- Huckabee? Really? -- it's what everyone is talking about today. No Vanity Fair soiree, and ditto for Entertainment Weekly's annual raise-the-roofer. What gives?

Here's what Vanity Fair has to say, on the eve of the release of its already heavily circulated Hollywood-centric twiggy-actress-laden issue:

"After much consideration, and in support of the writers and everyone else affected by this strike, we have decided that this is not the appropriate year to hold our annual Oscar party. We want to congratulate all of this year’s nominees and we look forward to hosting our 15th Oscar party next year."

The yearly rite is known as the creme de la creme, bringing out Hollywood's brightest. Even Scorsese showed up last year (pictured), clutching his first Oscar for directing "The Departed."

And word of EW's scrapped party comes via Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil.

Variety's Anne Thompson predicts a rager at one of the only remaining black-tie star-packed affairs, the Governor's Ball (not really, but it conjures up a pretty funny mental picture).

David Carr, aka Carpetbagger, will miss the VF event but thinks the glossy mag might have crafted the most tasteful response to a still tricky situation.

We commit to searching high and low on Feb. 24 for a cheese cube on a toothpick. Then, the day will be complete.


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Oscar Contenders

  • 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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