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Peter Gabriel Pulls Out of the Oscars

Nikki Finke reports the news: "I don't feel that is sufficient time to do the song justice, and I have decided to withdraw from performing," Gabriel informed AMPAS.¬† "I fully respect and look forward to the producers' right to revamp the…

Karger’s Final Predictions

Karger has to put out his predictions now, before ballots have been turned in (thanks to the industrious commenters for pointing it out). He goes with: Picture: Slumdog Millionaire Director, Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire Actor: Sean…

How to Spend Your Oscar Evening

The OC Register runs down how best to watch the Oscars: . Food: Think of this night as the Super Bowl of Movies. Oscar night is just like the Super Bowl, only the Super Bowl had Bruce Springsteen, and the Oscars ignored Bruce Springsteen…

HSX Launches 2009 Award Options

The Hollywood Stock Exchange features stocks in how the Oscar may turn out. The general consensus right now is probably: Picture: Slumdog Director: Boyle Actor: Penn (Rourke as potential upset) Actress: Kate Winslet (Streep as…

Awardspicks Launches

Awards Daily has a new group Oscar pool over at AwardsPicks.com. If you are so inclined, head on over and join us. Incontention.com also has one.

Little Gold Bits

Cinemascopian's Yair Raveh will be hosting a live discussion with Ari Folman in Hebrew on his live blog page. If you'd like to ask him a question he will translate it to Mr. Folman. All of the details are here. The AMPAS will debut the…

Can Melissa Leo Save the Oscars?

The Guardian pokes some fun at the predictable season by begging voters to go for Melissa Leo and some other less known nominees: The Globes are over and the Baftas been and gone. We have, almost imperceptibly, swung into the final…

Oscars Pre-Show, What to Do About Presenters?

The thing about waiting until the show to reveal the presenters is, I think, a disasterous decision for one key reason - no Red Carpet walk-down. Nikki Finke points out that Tim Gunn will be the person on the red carpet talking about the…

Wait For It…

We're gonna need a MONTAGE! Oscar gets its first TV spot ... AND it's no longer on youtube. ABC in stealth mode has posted an interview with Hugh Jackman on its On the Red Carpet site, so feast on this instead! This is guest host bebe…