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December 15, 2008

Satellites go for Gervais


Ricky Gervais didn't win the plum Oscar hosting gig -- it would've cramped his style anyway, he said -- but he did get a slap on the back for his little seen and completely underrated performance in "Ghost Town."

The Satellite Awards, handed out Sunday, have given us a few names we will likely see again this awards season in mainstream and indie circuits, like Michael Shannon as best supporting actor for "Revolutionary Road," and Richard Jenkins for best actor in "The Visitor."

Top Satellite picks: "Slumdog Millionaire," its director Danny Boyle, and Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky," along with perpetually chipper star Sally Hawkins.

It's also given us a few we don't think we'll see again, namely Gervais and, even though she's nominated for a Golden Globe, we're not sure Angelina Jolie, Satellite's best actress in a drama, will make the Oscar cut for "Changeling."

Other winners include "WALL-E" for best animated flick, "Gomorra" for best foreign-language picture and "Man on Wire" (with "Anita O'Day: The Life of a Jazz Singer") as best doc.

The Satellites picked some interesting TV performers, including Fionnula Flanagan for her mob-mom-from-hell in "Brotherhood," Anna Paquin from "True Blood" and Bryan Cranston from "Breaking Bad."

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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.

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