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November 06, 2008

Michael Sheen, top dog


Michael Sheen is no second banana, as anyone who's ever seen the British actor at work can attest. In his latest role, he's occupying more screen time in the historical drama "Frost/Nixon" than his counterpart, Frank Langella.

So why the blogosphere talk about him bumping down to best supporting actor in the Oscar race?

His reps are having none of it, saying he's a leading man and he'll campaign as such. (So will Langella, and he's already made a number of Too Early for Real Oscar Predictions lists, including ours.)

In a competition that's so wrapped up in ego -- king of the world! -- we can see why Sheen would be loathe to aim lower on the awards rung. Didn't work out when he did it for "The Queen." This time, though, it could turn out to be the high road.

We'd like to see him take home a trophy, but in a race that's shaping up to be incredibly crowded in the top category, we don't see that happening.

Elsewhere on the Oscar beat...

Fans of Dave Karger, avert your eyes! The haters are on the attack, this time about the Entertainment Weekly journalist's early Oscar punditry.


Maybe he did leave himself open when he tried to draw a parallel between Barack Obama's election on Tuesday night to the chances of "The Dark Knight" as an Oscar contender. Those two things are connected? Somehow?

He's also predicting the passage of Prop 8, the California gay marriage ban, will help the biopic "Milk," come February.

No, we're not making this up. Go here to try to hop on his train of thought.

Karger's also taking a slightly more good-natured beat down on Gold Derby for his best actor and best actress picks.

Disagreement is healthy!


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well, I dont know if releasing MILK earlier would have helped passed Prop 8. Probably not. Perhaps it would have waken up those Christian assholes, but I doubt it.

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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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