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February 10, 2008

Good day for writers


Reasons to work on a postcard-perfect 72-and-sunny Sunday in Los Angeles? Let us count them, quickly, and then get back to the hammock. 1) the strike could be over and 2) "The Wire" won an award. We mean, "The Wire" won an award!!

Our well-placed source -- that would be the Magic 8 Ball on our bookshelf next to the Homer Simpson and pile o' doughnuts "action" figure -- said, "Ask again later," when we looked for writers strike guidance the other day. Now, it says, "All signs point to yes."

Nearly $2 billion in lost wages and ad dollars later, looks like it's done. Check here for the latest and here to see video of writers after Saturday night's meeting in L.A.

Oscars? Producers said they needed at least two weeks with a writing staff. Is somebody going to start churning out witty bon mots for the presenters today? Magic 8 Ball says: "still undecided." Maybe we just need to shake it harder.

After the jump: WGA West gives a much-deserved award to the much-lauded and terminally-ignored HBO drama, "The Wire," which stars Clarke Peters and Dominic West (pictured) along with about a million other brilliant actors.

WGA West ditched their awards show, planned for last night, but still gave some noteworthy honors.

"No Country for Old Men" continues to mop up the floor with everyone, and "Juno" won for its original screenplay. (We're going to skip the easy opportunity to bag on Diablo Stripper Memoirist Cody. Day's too pretty and we're in a decent mood, so she gets a pass. But just this once).

"Taxi to the Dark Side" picked up an award for feature documentary, and for TV, "Mad Men," "30 Rock," "The Colbert Report," and "The Wire," which always gets our vote for the most criminally overlooked epic on the air. Nice to see it get noticed. More here.


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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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