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January 13, 2009

Two Kate Winslets in one

RTR23AP7 Why give Kate Winslet two awards when you can mush a couple of her performances together and call it "best actress?"

Wonder if the trophy's twice as big.

Vancouver film critics gave new double-Golden-Globe-holder Winslet their best actress honor for both "Revolutionary Road" and "The Reader." They also mismatched their choices, much as a number of critics and guild groups have been doing (Oscar foreshadowing!), by picking "Milk" for best film, but not its director Gus Van Sant (they chose David Fincher instead for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).

Obvious choices: Sean Penn for best actor and Heath Ledger for best supporting. Not so obvious but well-deserved: Rosemarie DeWitt for best supporting actress in "Rachel Getting Married." 

Hat tip to Awards Daily for the Vancouver results, and for the just-released Costume Designers Guild nominations, which include Deborah Hopper for "Changeling," Patricia Field for "Sex & the City" and Lindy Hemming for "The Dark Knight."


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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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