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September 12, 2008

Nearing Emmy


It's T-minus nine days until the Emmys, so the speculation on winners and losers is officially rampant.

Here's a topline, from our vantage point: "Mad Men," but not Jon Hamm, James Spader but not "Boston Legal," Glenn Close and Ted Danson for "Damages," Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin and "30 Rock," and "John Adams" for just about any award doled out for a TV miniseries. (You didn't really think "Tin Man" had a shot, did you?)

Potential upsets? There may be a few in tight races like best lead actress in a comedy -- could Christina Applegate squeak past favorite Fey? -- and best supporting actor in a comedy -- with "Entourage's" two-time winner Jeremy Piven seeming to be neck-and-neck with "How I Met Your Mother's" Neil Patrick Harris, gunning for his first win in three nominations.

We don't envy those who have to choose between "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report." Tie?

And something we'd truly like to see, a "Project Runway" beat-down of "Amazing Race," is but a pipe dream. With the fierce fashion show on its last legs (seriously -- Suede?), not sure the Peabody winner will have another shot after this year, unless its next incarnation at Lifetime (or wherever it ends up) shakes it out of the self-parody mode it's unfortunately settled into.

Go here to see results from a whole passel of TV critics and other journalists, including brother blogger Ray Richmond.

And come back in the week ahead for more detailed dissections.


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george bailey

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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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