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December 09, 2008

Leo vs. Brad: Oscar predictions


Doesn't Brad Pitt already have everything? What does he need with an Oscar nomination anyway?

Don't mean to be harsh here, especially since our screening of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" isn't until next week, but we've dumped Pitt off our No Longer Too Early for Real Predictions Oscar list. His replacement? Leonardo DiCaprio, whose "Revolutionary Road" performance caused some kind of muffled ripping noise in our chest area.

It's a guess, but we don't see that happening with Pitt's "Button." (This should make at least one Gold Rush reader happy).

So our race for the best actor trophy now looks like this (in order): Sean Penn for "Milk," Frank Langella ("Frost/Nixon"), DiCaprio, Mickey Rourke ("The Wrestler") and Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor"). Is there still a chance we'll bump someone else and include Clint Eastwood for his last acting gig in "Gran Torino"? Could be.

Favoring Penn puts us in the majority of a group of prognosticators over at Gold Derby, where we're dishing up our fan-fueled only-moderately-sophisticated movie palate choices. Favoring Kate Winslet for best actress does the same.

Where we differ is best picture. This crew, which includes Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil, Edward Douglas (, Kevin Lewin (World Entertainment News Network), Nathaniel Rogers (The Film Experience) and Tom Tapp (The Daily Beast), now thinks "Slumdog Millionaire" can take the top prize. We couldn't have loved the Mumbai-set romance any more, but we're still not convinced that it can beat a sweeping tale like "Button."

Still plenty of time to change our minds. Do check back, and we promise to show our work.


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Jason N

Leonardo DiCaprio will certainly deserves an Oscar much that Brad Pitt. He is always perfect in all the roles that plays as well as Johnny Depp. Pitt is already a little unstable at times.

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Neither of them have won an oscar before but Pitt has been snubbed for Fight Club, I thought he was better than Spacey in '95 and he was even good in Interview with a vampire. So I hope he gets the nom this year.

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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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