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February 24, 2008

Tilda tells all

UPDATED: Exclusive Video: Tilda Swinton

Won't be the first time tonight that our predictions will have been wrong. We could've sworn that the Academy would go for the sentimental fave and give Ruby Dee the Oscar she should've gotten (but wasn't even nominated for) for "Do the Right Thing."

Not at all unhappy about Tilda Swinton's win -- her heartless executive with confidence issues gave us chills.

And now, thanks to her win, we know that perpetual jokester Clooney never gave back his Batsuit ("the one with the nipples") and used it to frighten and/or entertain people on the set of "Michael Clayton."

How's that for useful trivia?


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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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