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Memo to Eddie: Be afraid, very afraid of Alan

January 23, 2007 |  5:42 am


Notoriously cocky Eddie Murphy ("Dreamgirls"), recent winner of the Golden Globe, better not make the mistake of dismissing the chances of senior foe Alan Arkin ("Little Miss Sunshine"). Geezer Oscar voters are notorious for chasing babes and slapping older gals, but they often embrace other older chaps. In fact, the supporting-actor category has a long history of bestowing Career Achievement Awards to veterans. Like these:

1981 John Gielgud, "Arthur"
1985 Don Ameche, "Cocoon"
1986 Michael Caine, "Hannah and Her Sisters"
1987 Sean Connery, "The Untouchables"
1991 Jack Palance, "City Slickers"
1992 Gene Hackman, "Unforgiven"
1993 Tommy Lee Jones, "The Fugitive"
1994 Martin Landau, "Ed Wood"
1997 Robin Williams, "Good Will Hunting"
1998 James Coburn, "Affliction"
1999 Michael Caine, "Cider House Rules"
2001 Jim Broadbent, "Iris"
2003 Tim Robbins, "Mystic River"
2004 Morgan Freeman, "Million Dollar Baby"

(Photos: DreamWorks/ Fox Searchlight)