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July 29, 2008

Shaken, not stirred, by Grammy


Isn't it bad enough that our jaws are still rattling from the 5.4 magnitude earthquake that just hit SoCali a little while ago?

Now we learn from some Grammy gurus that we might have another 7-8 months worth of "summer anthem" "I Kissed A Girl" and that new Coldplay record that sounds like every other Coldplay record.

Shot of whiskey, please!

The eligibility period for next year's Grammy awards ends Sept. 30, and it looks like a lot of stuff we're already really tired of -- Sara Bareilles' "Love Song," anyone? -- could get nods for record of the year, thus keeping them in the spotlight far longer than they deserve.

At least that's the word from Gold Derby, where prognosticators are saying chances are good for Madonna and Leona Lewis, not so much for hard-working rap savior Lil Wayne. The jury's still out on Duffy, the darling Brit singer with the Dusty Springfield bent whose record is much-loved around Gold Rush way.

Since the Grammys are constantly criticized for being out of touch and irrelevant (granted, a lot of that mud's been slung from here), we'd like to know some of your picks for best of the year (so far). We can compare notes, and then be collectively outraged when the nominations are announced.

Sound like fun? It'll be a better time than riding out a violent temblor from under your desk.


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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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