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January 30, 2009

Betting against Boyle

74184829 Is anybody betting against the affable, immensely talented Danny Boyle at this point?

Seems so.

The Directors Guild of America awards are tomorrow night (check back for some sporadic and semi-coherent Gold Rush posts before, during and/or after the event) and here are the nominees for the top prize:

Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire"

David Fincher (pictured), "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Christopher Nolan, "The Dark Knight"

Ron Howard, "Frost/Nixon"

Gus Van Sant, "Milk"

This is what the Oscar lineup should've looked like, by the way.

As part of's Buzzmeter panel, we picked Boyle to win. And so have a lot of our blogger and journalist colleagues. Not everyone agrees, though, pointing out that the fervent Fincher fan base and Nolan's hipster appeal could actually turn this into a race.

We'll see about that.

And for the latest in "Slumdog" backlash, go here.

We don't think the anti-"Slumdog" jabs are worth much comment, especially since they aren't likely to have any impact on the Oscar outcome. Now that we've officially dumped "Button" -- did we forget to mention that? -- we're saying, "Slumdog" all the way!


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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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