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January 07, 2009

People vs. 'People's Choice'

83152350 Don't care about the "People's Choice Awards" on TV tonight? Did you ever?

Some people used to, apparently, but now they don't anymore. Us? We get paid to waste time watch stuff like that.

In its 35th year, the "People's Choice Awards" has a dizzying 40 categories, some of which should probably be cross-referenced -- really, favorite funny female, favorite leading lady, favorite female action star, favorite diva? It's just too confusing. 

Films get sliced into several pieces of pie -- drama, comedy, action, family and indie, not to be confused with Favorite Movie. See what we're talking about here?

Rest assured that "The Secret Life of Bees" will be represented -- Queen Latifah hosts the show again, after all -- even though it was mostly ignored at the boxoffice.

We'll bring you the high/lowlights tomorrow.


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People don't have a choice, because nobody gives choice to them.

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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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