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September 11, 2008

Oscar winners get no respect


So much for that VIP treatment and revered status. Think Hollywood's Oscar winners breathe only rarefied air and always get the big piece of chicken?

Not so. Not today anyway. Check out the way some A-listers are being dissed, the Golden Guys on their mantles be damned.

Forbes has done some ciphering and decided that Oscar winners Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Nicolas Cage are among the top 10 most overpaid movie stars. Kidman's the worst offender because of three duds in a row, and her former husband, three-time Oscar nominee Tom Cruise, also makes more cash than he should, according to the pub. Sure, no one saw it, but everyone remembers "Lions for Lambs." Same goes double for "The Invasion."


Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon pulls off no better than second-banana-billing in the upcoming "Four Christmases," Defamer noticed. Who gets more significant props on a movie poster that also makes Witherspoon look freakishly small? Vince Vaughn. Number of Oscars: zero.

And several Oscar winners get dissed on Rotten Tomatoes for movies opening tomorrow. "The Women," starring Oscar winner Annette Bening, has failed to even budge off 0% on the Tomatometer. Really, not even 1%? "Miscarriage of comedy" might be one of the less acidic comments.

Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro (with three Oscars between them) are taking it on the chin for "Righteous Kill," described in some of the "nicer" reviews as an episode of "Law & Order," only not that good. Tomatometer hovers at a paltry 18%.

Now we know that Oscar isn't a shield, but we figure it could still be used as a weapon. Watch out, everybody!


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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.

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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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