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February 26, 2008

Oscar snubs, part 2


This one can't be laid at the feet of the Oscar producers. Imagine that.

Rather, it was Academy voters who continued a losing streak that's now longer than Susan Lucci's. Sound mixer Kevin O'Connell had been favored, and not just because he's a much-nominated veteran, to win for his work on "Transformers."

But it didn't happen. For the 20th time. But, according to our brother blog, Past Deadline, O'Connell left the Kodak Theatre with his head up and went home to his young son for a boo boo-mending embrace.

"When that hug was over, I forgot I'd ever even been nominated."

All together now -- aaaaawwww.

Perspective, perspective, perspective.


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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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