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February 13, 2009

DaColbert Code picks the Oscars

Obsessed at all with Stephen Colbert these days? Guilty. But hey, the guy's on fire, and he seems preoccupied with all manner of awards, which makes him even more of a must-see for Gold Rush.

His latest, from last night, shows us his "arcane and mystical power" for picking the winners of the Oscars. It's uncanny, especially since he doesn't bother to see the movies.

Using the word play that he's dubbed DaColbert Code, he comes up with "Slumdog Millionaire" for best picture, unless, of course, it's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," which seemed "pretty important." (His cohort Jon Stewart begs to differ).

Then there's Penelope Cruz for best supporting actress, Heath Ledger for best supporting actor and Kate Winslet for best actress. Though his "logic" led him to Sean Penn for best actor, he rejected that for Comeback Kid Mickey Rourke.

Using a convoluted name-association game that throws Javier Bardem and his Oscar-winning haircut, Richard Simmons, Ace Frehley, playing cards, rice pilaf and Elliott Spitzer all into the same pot is good enough for us.

Wish we'd thought of it. See our Oscar choices here.


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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.

    Watch this blog for updates, ephemera and all manner of postulating.

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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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