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November 07, 2008

Taking a bite of Oscar bloggers


Daffy, clown-suit-clad Oscar bloggers making endlessly moronic best picture predictions UNITE!

The fact, dear readers, is that blogs like Gold Rush, Gold Derby, Thompson on Hollywood, In Contention and the like are under attack. Attack! Today's sucker punch is courtesy of L.A. Times columnist (and brand new blogger!) Patrick Goldstein, who says we've hijacked the film business, lost our minds and killed his kitten, or something.

He especially takes issue with a couple blog posts this week that claimed Barack Obama's election would be good for "The Dark Knight" and Prop 8's passage could similarly buoy "Milk" in the Oscar best picture race. We failed to see the logic there, too, and said so yesterday.

But Goldstein goes much further, painting all Oscar predictors with the same broad Bozo brush with such pearls as, "Oscar watchers are so obsessed by, well, their obsession with the awards racket that they assess every event through the golden statue prism."

This from a guy who just wrote an exhaustive (and exhausting) column about what an Obama presidency means to his pal, filmmaker Joe Roth's Seattle soccer team under the headline, "Would Obama's election make soccer a major league American sport?"

Really, making tenuous connections between current events and entertainment is OK if you do it, Goldstein, and certainly if there's a suck-up opportunity in there for you.

But perhaps no one works harder than Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil to defend the honor of all us colorful onesy-wearing bloggers. (Bless you, sir!) He points out that Goldstein once had a bit of a monopoly on Oscar prognosticating in our fair city and the guy wasn't so good at it. See some of his track record here.

In other words, Goldstein is basically taking a wee in the pool so no one else can enjoy a swim. Ain't that sweet of him?

We expect this battle to continue to provide chuckles all around for some time to come. Now, if you'll excuse us, we have a fright wig fitting.



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haha. I heard about his attack on you guys on Hollywood Elsewhere. methink somebody's a little too emotional, yeah?

but there's nothing wrong with being a "clown"! as T.E Lawrence famously said, "we can't all be lion tamers."

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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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