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June 25, 2008

More popular than God


It's just an informal tally, but seems like Barack logged more shoutouts than God last night at the 2008 BET Awards. Impressive!

Host/comedian D.L. Hughley made some Urkel crack, but otherwise it was all love for the Man Who Would Be President. Diddy even gave a new spin to his overly dramatic "Vote or Die." It's now "Obama or Die," which has a strange ring to it but we can probably all agree that Puff's heart is in the right place.

Turns out Obama was just a few miles from The Shrine at a fundraiser but couldn't make a pit stop at the awards show. Surely the good vibes wafted over to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Check out BET's site today, if for no other reason than to see performances by Lil' Wayne, the current million-selling savior of rap and one of the hardest working guys in hip hop (pictured), and the incomparable Al Green.

Kanye, fresh off his Bonnaroo debacle, picked up some trophies, as did UGK, Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys and Chris Brown. THR has more here.

And finally, THR's Barry Garron gives his take on the awards show on our sister blog, PastDeadline.


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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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