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February 18, 2009

Saying no to Oscar

3248417 George C. Scott was railing against what he called a "goddamn two-hour meat parade," Marlon Brando was protesting the treatment of Native Americans, and screenwriter Dudley Nichols was fighting with the Academy in a union scrapple.

Of more than 2,600 Little Gold Men doled out since the '20s, these are the only three people to ever refuse an Oscar. (Nichols might not be the most high profile, but he was the first, in 1935, when he declined the award for his script for the book-based drama, "The Informers").

Scott, who won best actor for "Patton" and was never known as a particularly diplomatic or chummy guy, famously called the politics around the awards "demeaning."

Wonder what he would've had to say about a ceremony that eventually ballooned to three-plus-hours after weeks on end of multimillion-dollar awards campaigning? That might not be printable, even on a blog.

Brando, who won in '72 for "The Godfather," sent "Sacheen Littlefeather" to turn down his best actor trophy when he boycotted the show. The stand-in activist, actually a woman named Maria Cruz, read a 15-minute speech from Brando backstage, but stuck to a relatively tame 45-second kiss-off at the podium.

Watch her improvised words here at the Academy's YouTube channel, where you can also see notable moments of people saying yes to Oscar that we're not allowed to embed here (the Academy's awfully protective!) like Tom Hanks emotionally accepting his best actor prize for "Philadelphia," David Niven calling attention to a streaker's shortcomings, and a very subdued but shagadelic Jane Fonda saying thanks for her "Klute" victory.


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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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