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December 22, 2008

How gay is Oscar?

71628542 Just how gay are the Oscars in general, and how gay will they be in February?

Specifically, can "Milk" actually win or, like "Brokeback Mountain," will it be shut out because too many Academy voters are just too uncomfortable with its we're-here-we're-queer-get-used-to-it story?

The telecast itself, on the other hand, may be a different matter, with openly gay producer Bill Condon promising a party atmosphere with song-and-dancey Hugh Jackman as host. Gay, as in happy? Jackman showing some skin? That would be a little something for the ladies and the boys.

The degree of fey on display was the subject of a chat between Village Voice critic Michael Musto and Gold Derby's Tom O'Neil, who both believe that "Milk" doesn't stand a chance as best picture. (Both think that prize is going to "Slumdog Millionaire," though we beg to differ. We're going with "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" because it's just that kind of movie and, turns out, it's just that good. Plus, it contains no child torture, and we're calling that a major leg up).

Watch the breezy (blousy?) discussion of Hollywood's homophobia here.




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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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