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January 19, 2009

Still sad about 'Happy-Go-Lucky' snub


It's been days since the BAFTA nominations came out, and your resident Gold Rusher is still not feeling any better -- worse, in fact -- about the blatant snubs of Sally Hawkins, Mike Leigh and the incredibly charming "Happy-Go-Lucky."

Glad we're not alone.

InContention digs into the matter a little and wonders if the British group ignored the outspoken Leigh because he's been critical of its voting in the past. The dramedy was better reviewed and received outside the U.K. than it was on its home turf, which also could've contributed to the shutout. What explains the members' nod for "Mamma Mia"? It's a better British film than "Happy-Go-Lucky"? Please.

The blog gets a sound bite from "Slumdog Millionaire's" writer Simon Beaufoy who tries to explain it by identifying a phenom called  "traditional British suspicion of optimism."

The Golden Globes, voted on by lots of European journalists, apparently don't share that suspicion.

We're hoping the Academy doesn't either -- fingers crossed for Hawkins, especially, for Thursday. We're predicting her to share this company: Kate Winslet, Kristin Scott Thomas, Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway.


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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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