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May 12, 2008

Thespian chic


Everybody in the pool!

As you spend this May Gray morning in Los Angeles charting potential Tony nominees for your completely disinterested cubicle mates, we want you to know we're here for you. Now turn down that "Cats" soundtrack and get back to work.

Nods for theater's top awards come out tomorrow, and maybe there's still hope for that office derby if you point out that it's been more than three whole months since there's been an Oscar-(down)sized awards show.

If that doesn't help, how about this: there are a number of Hollywood movie connections to this year's crop of potential honorees. Never mind that some started out in the theater in the first place, then bounced to movies and back again. Or vice versa. Or something like that.

We've already waxed on about "Xanadu," not to be confused with an award-winning film, but there's also "Grease," "South Pacific," "Gypsy," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," and a $20 million musical version of "Young Frankenstein" (pictured) in the potential running for awards. Some theater-watcher predictions here.

Have to say, though, that we'd held out some hope that Nathan Lane would host next month's airing of the Great White Way awards, never tiring of the spit-take we're sure he'd work into that role somehow. It's always funny, right?

It'll be Whoopi Goldberg, herself a Tony winner. Apparently she's not soured on the whole awards show gig, even after being dissed by one of those tribute reels at this year's Oscars that "forgot" she hosted four times.

Check back tomorrow for the nominations and our rendition of "Puttin' on the Ritz."



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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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