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June 12, 2008

Black, white or 'Grey'


There are at least a few reasons being floated about why Katherine Heigl won't be in the running for an Emmy this year for her work on the soapy dramedy "Grey's Anatomy."

Officially, she's taken herself out of consideration because she said writers didn't lavish enough actorly muscle-flexing scenes on her character this season. So it wouldn't be fair, she says, to go unarmed into a gunfight.

Say the actresses in the supporting category that's still mobbed with about 130 contenders: Hurray? Well, it probably is good for them that last year's winner isn't in this year's derby.

Others think Heigl has her eye on a bigger prize (though why would these have to be mutually exclusive?) and would rather prep for an Oscar run for her upcoming portrayal of a polygamist wife based on the best-selling memoir "Escape" by Carolyn Jessop. Testimony from the former cult member helped put sect leader Warren Jeffs in jail.

If there's any merit to that explanation, sounds a little like counting her chickens, especially with a film that hasn't even been shot yet.

We think it's actually not so convoluted. Much simpler, in fact. Heigl's shown herself to be a straight-talking ball-buster who says what's on her mind ("Knocked Up" was sexist, Isaiah Washington should shut his trap, etc.) and we'll be fascinated to see just how long she gets away with that.


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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.

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