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Can any Oscars rival beat 'Slumdog Millionaire' for best picture?

February 5, 2009 |  3:16 pm

Most Oscar gurus say "Slumdog Millionaire" is a slam dunk to win the Academy Award for best picture. True? Upsets happen all the time at the Oscars, of course, thanks to the mysterious goings-on in the noggins of academy members. "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" leads with the most nominations (13). Over the last 20 years, the noms leader has prevailed 15 times. And what about "Milk"? It has passionate support among Oscar voters and more than a dozen biopics have claimed the top honor from "The Great Ziegfeld" (1936) to "The Last Emperor" (1987) and "A Beautiful Mind" (2001).

Here members of The Envelope's Buzzmeter panel of Oscar experts dish the derby's top race: T.L. Stanley (Gold Rush, Hollywood Reporter), Greg Ellwood (HitFix.com), Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season, The Envelope), Scott Feinberg (Feinberg Files, The Envelope) and me.

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O Slumdog, Slumdog, the most politically incorrect film since Birth of a Nation; an ephemeron of Best Picture winners this decade.

As you said Tom, it looks like "Slumdog" is on its way to grab the Oscar for Best Picture. It's definitely on a roll, just like "Brokeback" was 3 years ago. However, I think that if one film can upset "Slumdog", it would probably have to be "MILK". I would give it a better chance than "Button". MILK stirs real emotions, it’s the work of a well-known & well-respected director, Sean Penn gives an outstanding performance, and the rest of the cast is superb. A film to be seen for sure.

That may be the only way to save future telecasts. If the people who don't watch this time hear that there was an upset it may make them think they should have watched. Therefore they'll watch next year for the unpredictability factor. But since that's not going to happen...


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