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February 05, 2008

Official backslapping, plus a sweatshirt!


The official backslapping has officially begun.

While Sid Ganis continues to perfect his There Will Be Oscars song and dance routine -- a prelude to his performance at the actual show, Plan D? -- the nominees joshed, bussed and beamed yesterday in Beverly Hills.

Best actor and director contenders rubbed elbows with sound mixers, editors and composers. Though no one air-kissed Daniel Day-Lewis, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett, Tom Wilkinson or Saoirse Ronin, who were among a handful of no-shows.

Kodak moments included: Ambassador Clooney clowning around, Julian Schnabel in slob chic, Ellen Page in prison chic, Marion Cotillard (pictured) in just plain chic, and Jason Reitman with proud papa/mentor/key to the kingdom in tow.

All that, plus a "nomination certificate and commemorative sweatshirt." Now that's an event. Check the jump for the "class photo" of all the nominees and, fair warning, magnifier required.


From what we can tell, there are no rabbit ears behind people's heads, no goofball crossed-eyes. What kind of class photo is this anyway? Ah, one with class. Right.


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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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  • 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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