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February 29, 2008

You say goodbye, we say hello

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There's nothing more inhospitable than a door slamming in your face, says our genteel Southern mom, a charter member of the steel magnolias club (the real deal, not a character in the smarmy tear-jerker).

Imagine our dismay, then, when we scanned the blogosphere to see what all our compatriots were blathering about today, only to find that a number of them are signing off, post-Oscar. We'll refrain from saying they need an etiquette lesson -- when it's over, it's over, right? It just seems so...abrupt. Couldn't you have let us down a little easier?

We need a hug.

But we'll collect ourselves long enough to let you know we have some good news to share -- at least we hope you'll see it that way. We're still here. Woo hoo! The corporate gods say we're a year-round awards blog, and so, by all that is overblown industry self-congratulating, we are. Keep coming back, as much as your "free" time during the work day and your gag reflect will allow.

Our pal, Scott Feinberg, will keep the lights on, too, at AndTheWinnerIs, and being an industrious guy, he's already given an "ill-advised" look ahead at potential '08 awards bait so you'll know your Benjamin Buttons from your John Patrick Shanleys.

We're sorry to see our favorites go on hiatus -- Carpetbagger, we'll miss you most of all -- but we'll try to carry the torch in a way that makes them all sorry they can't take potshots at us on a daily basis. It's the least we can do.

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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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