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Oscars gurus smackdown, part 2: Pete and I take on Dave Karger's best-actor predix

November 5, 2008 |  4:28 pm

If you liked the bowl of Oscar raspberries that Pete Hammond and I served EW's Dave Karger yesterday when we dished Dave's best-pix predix, you'll gobble up our take on the best-actor derby.

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When a film hasn't been released yet (Rev. Road/The Curious Case/Gran Torino, etc.) . Where does the buzz for the film(s)/performance(s) come from?? People that can be taken seriously?


When you refer to a film or performance as having "buzz"......what does that mean exactly? Where does the buzz, strong praises come from when the films haven't been released yet? I've always been curious about that, and I would greatly appreciate an answer.

Just wanted to share my predix ~

1. Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road
2. Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
3. Sean Penn, Milk
4. Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
5. Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Um, let's just look at the last five years. "The Departed," "Crash" and "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" all won Best Picture without winning any acting Oscars. So, what connection?

"'Revolutionary Road' is a John Cheever story." What does that mean? It's from a novel by Richard Yates.



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