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February 18, 2008

Best of the worst


The anticipation is nearly killing us. It's just days away but we're not sure how we'll fill the time (the sleepless nights!) between now and then.

We speak, of course, of the Razzies, the anti-Oscars held the day before The Big Show, back-to-back with the other anti-Oscars, the Spirit Awards. Oh, what a glorious Saturday in Santa Monica.

Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil gets to the ego-skewering heart of the Razzies with its founder John Wilson, who will be forever scarred by that "Xanadu" and "Can't Stop the Music" double feature that he quickly regretted plunking down 99 cents to see.

It was either that experience or watching some 250 movies in a single year back in the '80s when he worked at a trailer house that caused Wilson to mastermind the Razzies. Over time, it's swept up such film luminaries as Pia Zadora, very sore winner Ben "Gigli" Affleck and good sport Halle "Catwoman" Berry.

This year's top nominees: Eddie Murphy and Lindsay Lohan.

Watch the video of O'Neil and Wilson here, and since it's a faux-holiday, watch the "Mommie Dearest" clip too. Always good for a laugh.


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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.

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