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November 05, 2008

Barack brings boffo boxoffice


Basking in the afterglow, alternately bursting into tears of joy and hysterical laughter, eternally grateful that Tina Fey gets her wish to stop playing Sarah Palin, at least temporarily. Such is the day after Election Day. Can we possibly take it all in?

Yes we can!

Info we love: Barack Obama's ascension to the White House will mean boffo boxoffice!

THR's resident movie statistician, also known as Steven Zeitchik, found that the boxoffice increased an average 6.8% after a Democrat was elected president. Obama's win last night could mean a 7% bump for Hollywood films in '09, on par with the Clinton days.

Info we can't get enough of: This incredibly detailed Election Day Timeline.

Info we hate (the blot on an otherwise euphoric day): The passage of Prop 8. Check here for the latest, plus a handy map of California and a breakdown of voting, county by county, so you can rethink that move to Inyo.


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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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  • 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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