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February 12, 2009

Awards sour grapes from Colbert

Best actress nominee Kate Winslet has already said she's sick and tired of putting on the Game Face and piling up Oscar losses, five in all. How about a win, already? But nobody does awards outrage better than Stephen Colbert.

Not only was he railing Wednesday night about being passed over for the WGA Award for best comedy/variety series (the trophy went to the resurgent Tina Fey-fueled "Saturday Night Live") and the Grammy for spoken-word album ("An Inconvenient Truth" beat his "I Am America and So Can You").

But the world wasn't finished kicking him in the Golden Globes, he said.

His dander is really up about losing the Westminster Dog Show to a 10-year-old Sussex Spaniel named Stump. Oh, the indignity.

At least he still has his Peabody and his Emmys to keep him warm.


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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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