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January 26, 2009

'Curious Case of Forrest Gump'

And so the "Button" backlash gathers steam.

We'd already described the 13-time Oscar nominee "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" as super "Gump"-y -- while others have less charitably called it bloated, maudlin and overwrought -- but when you put it this way, well, the similarities in the video above are tough to ignore.

It does come from the same screenwriter, Eric Roth, who won an Oscar for the "Gump" adapted screenplay. He just got nominated, with Robin Swicord, for "Button."

Is "Button's" uncanny resemblance to '94 best picture winner "Gump" a good or bad thing, Oscar wise? Discuss.


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Gump is the most overrated shoulda-been-Hallmark-hall-of-fame movie ever.
Something tells me Button is second in line.

Slumdog or Doubt should win.

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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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