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January 19, 2009

The Boss, U2 help inaugurate


Not that Golden-Globe-hoarding HBO needs any promotion from us, but its three-hour coverage yesterday of the "We Are One" concert from the Lincoln Memorial deserves a peek, if you missed it.

A raft of award-winning talent showed up, just as they did throughout Barack Obama's campaign, and mostly stuck to the script. That couldn't have been easy for Samuel L. Jackson, but he did it anyway. It's history, people!

Take note, Jamie Foxx. Just because you're an Oscar winner doesn't mean you should feel free to whip out your Obama impersonation. Maybe the shivering masses there were grateful for a chance to laugh/move/generate some body heat. Otherwise, it felt a little self-promoting.

84350417 Music highlights came from U2, Stevie Wonder, John Mellencamp, Jon Bon Jovi and The Boss, who was joined on stage by a gospel choir and the legendary folk singer and civil rights activist Pete Seeger. What a moment.

Don't know about the rest of you, but we're about to jump out of our skin with all the excitement surrounding tomorrow's inauguration. The heavy star power descending on Washington and the promise of genuine emotion gave rise to one of the best quotes we've seen in a while:

"It's going to make Oscar night look like a wake."

Couldn't have said it better, Stan Rosenfield, a Hollywood rep for George Clooney and others.

Well, you know where we'll be tomorrow morning -- stuck to the tube, crying rivers of joyful tears.


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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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  • 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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