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November 04, 2008

Obama, Oscar, Overload


What, no Election Bot? CNN's promising us holograms tonight so viewers can see voting results, and the cable network's correspondents, in a whole new "Star Trek" meets "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" kind of way.

Wolf Blitzer visual trickery! Creepy!

We'd rather see lovable trash compactor Wall-E run down the red state/blue state divide.

Can't help but be distracted today by, you know, the Most Important Election in our Lifetimes. We'll try to stay on point, using our patented Six Degrees of Awards Coverage where everything, including our early morning trip to the neighborhood Korean church/polling station, somehow relates back to major Hollywood trophies.


Speaking of which...What does the presidential election have to do with the Oscar race? Plenty, says brother blogger Steven Zeitchik.

The parallels between candidates in the spotlight and potential Oscar films are everywhere, from Clint Eastwood doing his best shotgun-toting "you kids get off of my lawn!" impression of John McCain in "Gran Torino" to Joe Biden as an off-the-ropes comeback kid a la Mickey Rourke in "The Wrestler."

We would've backed a "Saw V"/Sarah Palin analogy, but that's just us.

Former Disney boss Joe Roth, whose Revolution Studios gave us a string of "comedies" like "Little Man," "White Chicks," "The Benchwarmers" and "Gigli," has made a groundbreaking discovery: African-Americans and Latinos are likely to vote Democratic! And they're soccer fans!

Our revelation about that Patrick Goldstein column: What a waste of the ever-shrinking L.A. Times news hole.

THR reports that networks are prepared to call the race when a candidate hits 270 electoral votes. That could be before our West Coast polls close. Don't let that discourage you, Californians -- there's still farm animals, the gays and gridlock to think about.

Counting down the hours until Emmy winners Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will arrive and make everything OK. Or at least make funnies.

Everybody -- go vote!



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Sabina E

I am so happy, overjoyed and extremely proud to be an American today...

what a great day for the world!

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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.

    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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