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Sites eager for Oscar predictions, but has anyone seen the pics?

Variety is not beyond reproach. It’s shocking, but we admit to two typos in last Thursday’s early-morning (PST) posting of the Cannes fest lineup. By an incredible coincidence, the Hollywood Reporter’s website made the exact same typos in its posting a little later. For the second year in a row, THR’s listings were eerily similar to Variety’s, right down to specifics of style, formatting, punctuation and order of films. Cannes announced its films Thursday but did not supply a digital copy, so it’s up to reporters to type them up and post them. In theory, it’s possible that two people, working separately, might make the exact same typos. The thing is, we corrected our errors later in the day. We can’t wait for THR to correct ours as well…sorry, theirs as well.

Thinking ahead

It’s spring, and a young fan’s fancy turns to, what else, Oscar predictions. Danny King at sums up the bloggers’ mood by admitting, “It is far too early to legitimately discuss the Oscar contenders for the upcoming year. It is just about the right time, though, to simply speculate.” Well, alrighty then.

And speculate they do, at sites including, and others. At, Paul Sheehan asks, “Can epic ‘War Horse’ win Tonys and Oscars in same year?” He doesn’t answer, but Steven Spielberg’s film is included on most bloggers’ lists.

Julian Stark at his MoviesAndOtherThings site goes out on a limb, saying, “My current pick to win” is the Stephen Daldry-helmed “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”

Like many others, King includes the George Clooney-directed “Ides of March” as a hot contender. Over at Thompson on Hollywood, however, she deems that pic a “long shot,” as are “The Iron Lady” and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”

Uh, technical question here: Has anyone actually seen any of these movies?

Maybe we’re being picky. Someone posting at EmpireOnline began his predictions with the question, “Why not?” Why not indeed!

Acad grandeur

Speaking of Oscar: AMPAS sent out its announcement of the Dawn Hudson-Ric Robertson combo a few minutes before midnight April 7. Nikki Finke’s source at AMPAS (we all know who you are, you naughty person!) had for a while been feeding her scoops minutes before the Acad’s releases, but didn’t do this one, so Finke couldn’t label this exclusive. Is that why she didn’t take a byline?

But she added a personal note: “Dawn shared the news she was in contention with only a handful of people from whom she extracted promises not to tell me because she worried it would have totally blown her chances. Wrong, Dawn. I would have helped you get the job sooner …”

Note the “promises not to tell me.” Me! So Hudson’s hiring was all about La Grande Finke? Oh, we’d misunderstood. For some reason, we thought it was all about Hudson and Robertson (who, of course, came under attack by La Grande Finke, since he’s one of the few people in Hollywood to have publicly stood up to her).

Congrats to Robertson and Hudson. But Dawn, you should have contacted us! We could have landed you the job even sooner than Nikki! And gotten you a better dental plan!

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