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Oscars poll: Who'll win best supporting actor?

October 29, 2010 |  3:48 pm

Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds") dominated last year's Oscar race for supporting actor from the outset, but now there's no early front-runner.

Oscars supporting actorThere's a lot of support for Geoffrey Rush's flamboyant role as wily voice coach to Britain's stammering King George VI in "The King's Speech," but voters may feel been-there-done-that due to his 1996 lead actor win for "Shine."

What's curious is that this race isn't overshadowed by the kind of villainous role that ruled this category, with fiendish terror, in recent years (Christoph Waltz, Javier Bardem, Heath Ledger). However, there are a lot of bad-boy roles, including Sam Rockwell as a hooligan wrongly imprisoned for murder in "Conviction," Jeremy Renner as a bully bank robber in "The Town," Mark Ruffalo ("The Kids Are All Right") as a lothario who tries to break up a happy lesbian liaison and Justin Timberlake ("The Social Network") as Napster's founding rascal.

Rockwell has an edge — he's got a lead role hiding in this supporting race (always a plus). Renner holds an Oscar IOU, having top-lined last year's best picture, "The Hurt Locker," losing the lead actor race to Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart").

But two other bad-boy roles are standouts for other, personal reasons. Christian Bale gives a knock-out performance as a street thug turned boxing trainer in "The Fighter," but his personal woes may be foremost on voters' minds. They may want to embrace him as he rebounds from recent tabloid scandals. Michael Douglas won lead actor of 1987 as a heartless corporate raider in "Wall Street," but now that he reprises the role in the sequel, academy members may be eager to comfort him as he battles Stage 4 cancer.

Vote also in our poll asking: Who will win for best supporting actress?

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Photos: Christian Bale in "The Fighter" (Paramount), Geoffrey Rush in "The King's Speech" (Weinstein Co.)

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Sly times at the Hollywood Awards

October 26, 2010 |  6:59 pm

It's a shame that the Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Awards aren't televised. There's a lazy, mischievous air about the gala that makes it seem like the Golden Globes on even more bubbly. They're held in the same space as the Globes — in the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel — where stars giggle, prattle, meow, yell, insult, confess and laugh while not being barked at by TV producers rushing to commercial breaks. They throw a lot of f-bombs around. It's a hoot.

Monday night one of them almost even cried at the podium: Sean Penn as he accepted a humanitarian award for the charitable work performed by him and his organization JP/HRO to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti. He told a touching story of a Haitian policeman who saved 50 lives after enduring the horror of losing his wife and children. Penn also made startling confessions, including how his staffers "chuckled" when they heard that he, of all people — someone who subjects them to "tantrums" and other unpleasant behavior — was receiving a humanitarian award.

Those of us in the audience even learned that Helena Bonham Carter (winner of the Hollywood supporting actress award) has a nickname, "Cups," because she's always surrounded by cups of various, mostly caffeinated beverages. She was honored by the festival for performing two queens (the nasty red one in "Alice in Wonderland" and the beloved "queen mum" Elizabeth in "The King's Speech") and a witch (Bellatrix Lestrange in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1"), only one of which was directed by Tim Burton ("Alice").

"I don't just work for my boyfriend!" she shouted to the room full of film titans. "I'm available for leading roles too!"

There was a funny exchange between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis when they presented a career achievement award to Sylvester Stallone. See video below. After the jump: Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, Jesse Eisenberg and costars accept "The Social Network's" prize for ensemble acting.

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Three-time loser Kanye West gripes about who won Grammy's top prize

October 21, 2010 |  1:24 pm

Kanye West Disses Grammys newsKanye West just can't resist slamming awards when he thinks they made a wrong choice. Didn't he get into enough trouble interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards to complain that Beyonce should've won?

Now he's blasting the Grammys over recent picks for best album, including Taylor Swift's victory. "Why are the last four albums of the year Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks, Ray Charles and Herbie Hancock? Like, you know, with all due respect, that's inaccurate," Kanye told Access Hollywood. "Where's our instant replay clock?"

Instead, he believes voters should've picked top-selling discs: "It's like 'SexyBack' -- you know what I’m saying? Like [Justin Timberlake's] 'FutureSex/LoveSounds,' Gnarls Barkley. How about Usher -- 'Confessions'? How about albums that sold 10 million?"

"I pinpoint the Grammys and the VMAs because they have to take responsibility, because they mean something to us," he added. "Little kids, 6 years [old], that are singing in front of the mirror. They're also thinking about their Grammy speech; they’re thinking about when there will be a VMA, so these people, whoever run them ... they have to take some responsibility to say what really happened in culture this year because we're marking it down."

Could his real gripe be sour grapes? Curiously, he's picking on the prize for best album, which he's lost three times. His "Graduation" got skunked by Herbie Hancock's "River: The Joni Letters" in 2007. U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" demolished his "Late Registration" in 2005. In 2004, his "The College Drop-Out" lost to Ray Charles' "Genius Loves Company."

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Gold Derby nuggets: Danny DeVito accepts kudo for Michael Douglas | Justin Timberlake botches Oscar hopes?

October 5, 2010 | 10:13 am

Danny DeVito collected the Golden Icon Award at the Zurich Film Festival on behalf of his pal Michael Douglas, who undergoes treatment for throat cancer. He told the crowd on Sunday night: "Michael is so strong. He gets better and better with every movie he makes. So that's why I tell him to work more." DeVito and Douglas costarred in "Romancing the Stone" and "Jewel of the Nile." DIGITAL SPY

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Anne Thompson doesn't believe Lionsgate's marketing campaign for Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls" bolsters its Oscar hopes because it fails to feature the likenesses of stars Janet Jackson, Thandie Newton and past Oscar winner and ceremony host Whoopi Goldberg. THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD

Sasha Stone of AwardsDaily and Jeff Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere post their second podcast featuring their state-of-the-derby thoughts. AWARDS DAILY

Scott Feinberg has compiled an impressive and exhaustive list of the Twitter accounts of top Oscar contenders and bloggers too. SCOTT FEINBERG

• That naughty Vulture Lane Brown at New York Magazine fuels the old rivalry between producers Harvey Weinstein and Scott Rudin, who now compete for the best-picture Oscar with "The King's Speech" and "The Social Network." He compiles a photo essay suggesting dastardly ways Harvey can campaign against "The Social Network," including running Justin Timberlake The Social Network "For Your Consideration" ads pushing Justin Timberlake for supporting actor in his next release — goofy animated feature "Yogi Bear." VULTURE

• Speaking of Justin Timberlake and New York Magazine, Mark Harris interviews the pop star in the publication's current issue, asking him how he prepared for portraying Napster founder Sean Parker in "The Social Network." Apparently he didn't bother taking inspiration from the real person. Does that give Oscar voters permission to dismiss his screen turn as not being a serious performance? "I didn't really feel a responsibility to play that person," Justin says. NEW YORK

Top photo: "For Colored Girls" (Lionsgate)

Bottom photo: "The Social Network" (Columbia)

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Gold Derby nuggets: EW covers 'The Social Network' | 'Tangled' unfurled | Anderson Cooper to daytime

September 30, 2010 | 11:46 am

Social-network-entertainment-weekly-coverDave Karger chats with the cast of "The Social Network" including this week's EW cover boys Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield as well as screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. In the print interview, Timberlake talks about his dormant music career, admitting, "Does a painter make a painting because he has to make it by December 21st? No, he doesn't. It happens when it pours out of him. That’s how music is for me." And when pushed about future projects, Timberlake responds, "All I'm saying is, in very simple terms, I'll know when I know. And until I know, I don't know." EW

• In a provocative article, Gregg Kilday and Matthew Belloni ask, "Will white be the only color on the red carpet at the 83rd Academy Awards?" Their answer: "Although Oscar contenders are just lining up at the starting gate for the annual run for the gold, there's a real possibility that for the first time since the 73rd Oscars 10 years ago, there will be no black nominees in any of the acting categories at the February ceremony. In fact, there are virtually no minorities in any of the major categories among the early lists of awards hopefuls." THR

Paul Bond writes that the marketing of "Secretariat" has taken a page from "The Blind Side" playbook by targeting Christian audiences. As he notes, the film "even opens with a lengthy quote from the Bible, a portion of God's speech to Job. A trailer that includes those lines is on Christian websites all over the Internet, and some of those sites contain the earliest reviews of the film and offer users a chance to see advanced screenings." Director Randall Wallace told THR that the Bible quote is "transcendent" explaining, "I wanted to capture that timelessness and majesty. The idea that courage prevails." THR

• Friday at 5 p.m. PDT is the deadline for submitting entries in three of the 24 competitive categories at the Oscars: foreign-language film, animated short and live-action short. Each country can enter only one foreign-language film. Last year, 65 nations competed for the five slots. AMPAS

• The Santa Barbara filmfest is celebrating the career of Harrison Ford on Nov. 19 with a gala where he will receive the 5th annual Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. In a statement, the 93-year-old screen legend for whom the prize is named said, "I'm delighted to give this award to Harrison Ford. It's always a pleasure to honor these young actors who do so well." SBIFF

Tangled poster For Steve Pond, Disney's newest film, "Tangled," is "the likeliest Animated Feature nominee this side of 'Toy Story 3' (and perhaps 'How to Train Your Dragon'), and you can probably reserve a Best Song slot for one of the Alan Menken/Glenn Slater songs -– maybe the heroine’s statement-of-purpose anthem that comes early in the film, or the big romantic ballad from later on." Pond attended a preview of the film Wednesday and reports that "Disney rarely shows its work to press and guests before the films are finished but in this case, the product clearly warranted a sneak peek. Even with portions of the movie in storyboards or incomplete form, one thing was clear: 'Tangled' is a vibrant, touching film that feels fresh even as it hearkens back to the classic Disney animation of the early 1990s." THE ODDS

Anthony Breznican reports that the six films in the "Star Wars" saga are being converted into 3-D. The first of the films in chronological order -- "The Phantom Menace" -- will be the guinea pig for this highly technical task and should be re-released sometime in 2012. As Lucasfilm spokeswoman Lynne Hale told him, "The process is really extensive, and we want to make sure each of the films gets the attention it needs, so we're not ready to talk about the release patterns of the other films." USA TODAY

• Four-time Oscar champ Katharine Hepburn is the subject of a new exhibition at Ohio's Kent State University. The school bought her extensive collection of costumes that range from stage appearances in the 1930s to TV movies in the 1980s. Designers represented include Adrian, Cecil Beaton, Coco Chanel, Edith Head, Irene and Walter Plunkett. KSU

Scott Feinberg passes along this sad news: "Joe Mantell, one of Hollywood’s most prolific character actors for over half a century, has passed away at the age of 94, his family informed me this evening. Mantell is probably best remembered for 'Marty' -- both the landmark live television version that aired on 'The Philco Television Playhouse' in 1953, with Rod Steiger, and the best picture winning film version in 1955, with Ernest Borgnine -- in which he portrayed the title character’s best friend Angie, who famously asks him over and over again, 'Well, what do you feel like doin’ tonight?' (He was nominated for the best supporting actor Oscar for the latter.)" SCOTT FEINBERG

• The 20th annual Gotham Awards will fete Darren Aronofsky, Hilary Swank, Robert Duvall and Focus Features exec James Schamus during the Nov. 29 ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street. Says Oscar sage Sasha Stone, "Robert Duvall is up for the Oscar this year with 'Get Low.' Swank is under consideration for 'Conviction.' And Aronofsky is all the rage this year for 'Black Swan.' James Schamus and Focus Features bring to the table 'The Kids Are All Right,' 'Somewhere,' 'The American' and 'It’s Kind of a Funny Story.' The Gothams can sometimes herald in contenders -- my first pass at this is that it breathes life into Robert Duvall’s campaign, and possibly Hilary Swank. They are the two that benefit most from this." AWARDS DAILY

Cooper.anderson.b • Looking to fill the void when Oprah Winfrey leaves the airwaves, prime-time CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is picking up a day job as well, hosting a weekday talker beginning in the fall of 2011. In the statement making the announcement, Cooper said, "Over the course of the past few years, I've had the opportunity to work on a number of daytime programs. It's fun and interesting to work in daytime television. The format is unique and you can really go in-depth on a wide range of fascinating and compelling stories. With this new program I hope to relay important information and relate to people and the audience in a completely different way. It's an exciting opportunity to show another side of myself and create something worthwhile and special in daytime." DEADLINE

•"Modern Family" mates Cam and Mitchell shared their first kiss on Wednesday's episode. As Willa Paskin observes, "The kiss was both frustratingly and admirably understated. On the one hand, seriously, that's what you call a kiss?! On the other, 'Modern Family's' creators didn't bow to the pressure to make Cam and Mitchell's kiss a huge deal, sacrificing character and story line in the process." VULTURE

• "The Flintstones" began its six-season run on ABC on this date back in 1960. To celebrate the golden anniversary, cablecaster Boomerang is airing the first episode in the 8:30 p.m. time slot, as it originally ran. The show contended for an Emmy in the field of humor for its first season, losing to "The Jack Benny Show." Rich Keller has compiled eight fun facts about the cartoon classic and peppered them with must-see clips. TV SQUAD

Ben Stiller is coming full circle for his return to Broadway by starring in a revival of "The House of Blue Leaves" next spring. He made his only appearance on Broadway in the 1986 Lincoln Center production of John Guare's 1971 dark comedy. Back then, Stiller played the sane son in a family of daydreamers, while John Mahoney and Swoozie Kurtz were his less-than-understanding parents. Now, Stiller takes on the role of the father while Emmy champ Edie Falco will play his wife. Mahoney and Kurtz both won Tonys for their efforts in the featured races. Will Stiller and Falco stay in these races or bump up to lead like Viola Davis did successfully this past season for the revival of "Fences." PLAYBILL

Upper photo: Entertainment Weekly cover. Credit: Entertainment Weekly

Middle photo: "Tangled" poster. Credit: Disney

Lower photo: Anderson Cooper. Credit: CNN

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An Oscar for Justin Timberlake?

September 17, 2010 | 12:05 pm

Yes, of course, "The Social Network" will be nominated at the Oscars for best picture, director (David Fincher) and screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), but what about those tricky acting slots? Jesse Eisenberg has a good shot at making the list for lead actor, but his performance may not be flashy enough. Of the two actors competing for a supporting nom — Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake — most Oscarologists say Garfield is more likely to get in. But why? Just because it seems preposterous to nominate a heartthrob pop singer for acting?

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Has everybody already forgotten that the Justin equivalent of 1953 — Frank Sinatra — won this same category? Sinatra may have gotten a free ride on "From Here to Eternity's" best-picture sweep — an award most likely to be won next by "Social Network" in a sweep.

Oscar voters can be cavalier about passing out acting trophies in those supporting slots. Winners don't have to be "serious" actors like they do in the lead races. Past champs include stand-up comedians (Robin Williams, Mo'nique, Whoopi Goldberg, Red Buttons), children (Anna Paquin, Tatum O'Neal), even a Cambodian doctor (Haing S. Ngor).

Timberlake has a much flashier role than Garfield. He portrays hedonist Napster founder Sean Parker, a boozy sleazeball who turns into a vicious snake as the film unfolds. That's significant. Villainous roles didn't used to win Oscars in the past, but they've ruled the supporting actor contest with a sinister sneer in recent years: Christoph Waltz ("Inglourious Basterds"), Heath Ledger ("The Dark Knight") and Javier Bardem ("No Country for Old Men").

The Golden Globes love sexy superstars so much that they'll certainly nominate Justin -- and could possibly give him the gold. That could give him the momentum he needs heading into Oscarmania. 

Justin has won two Emmys: best guest actor in a comedy series (hosting "Saturday Night Live") and writing that naughty song about you-know-what in a box, which he performed on "Saturday Night Live."

Gold Derby asked some top Oscarologists what they think of Justin's Oscar chances. Read their reax here.

Photos: "From Here to Eternity" and "The Social Network" (Columbia Pictures)

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Jimmy Fallon to host Emmys, edging out Justin Timberlake

May 4, 2010 | 10:19 am

Now that Jimmy Fallon has Conan O'Brien's old TV time slot, he has O'Brien's old part-time job too. NBC just announced that Fallon will host the Emmy Awards ceremony.

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NBC will telecast the show on Aug. 29, so that means an NBC star must emcee. O'Brien did the honors successfully the last two times the peacock web aired the Emmys (2006, 2002). It was unlikely that the network would choose Jay Leno instead this time, considering his recent fiasco in prime time. NBC has been pushing "Parks & Recreation" aggressively, so there was speculation Amy Poehler might prevail, but that was scuttled when the telecast was moved from September to August, precisely when Poehler is due to have a baby.

Gold Derby has learned exclusively that the TV academy also seriously considered the team of Andy Samberg (who's hosted the MTV Movie Awards in 2009) and Justin Timberlake, who won an Emmy together in 2008 for their "Saturday Night Live" song "… in a Box." They were also nominated last year for their "Motherlover" tune. Timberlake was also considered as a solo emcee of the upcoming awardscast since he won an Emmy as best guest comedy actor last year for hosting "Saturday Night Live."

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Poll: Who should host the Emmys?

February 10, 2010 | 10:14 am
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"With Conan O'Brien out at NBC, who will now host the Emmy Awards this August?" asks our moderator Chris "Boomer" Beachum in the forums. "He had hosted the previous two times the ceremony was on NBC and was certainly going to be the host again before everything changed.

"Before you shout out 'Jay Leno,' I seriously doubt that the academy or even NBC wants the publicity nightmare that would cause. The only thing in Leno's favor is that he was offended when Conan hosted the past two times. It wouldn't be beyond him to add that to his newly renegotiated NBC contract."

The peacock web will obviously want to stick with members of its network family such as  Jimmy Fallon, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Amy Poehler etc. Personally, I like the idea of teaming up Fallon or Carell with Fey or Poehler — or Fey and Poehler together. A combo not mentioned in our forums is one I'd like to volunteer: Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake, who won an Emmy together in 2007 for that naughty song about you-know-what in a box. They were nominated last year for "Motherlove."

Chelsea Handler and Ryan Seacrest are on this list because Comcast owns both NBC and E! Entertainment Network. Why not toss them in, eh? Seacrest hosted successfully as solo emcee in 2007 and shouldn't be blamed for that train wreck of five reality-TV co-hosts the next year. Seacrest was merely riding that train; bad writers crashed it.

Check out the discussion in our forums for more suggestions and views.

Photo: NBC


Who's really surprised? Oscars upstage Justin Timberlake at the Emmys

September 21, 2009 |  6:06 pm

There were lots of loud gasps of shock among Emmy watchers when the Oscars' opening tune beat Justin Timberlake's and Andy Samberg's "Mother Lover" from "Saturday Night Live" for best song. But why should anyone be surprised? Watch it again below.

This Emmy victory, by the way, was a great vindication for Oscars host Hugh Jackman, who couldn't receive his own, separate Emmy nomination like many past Oscar emcees back in the days when there used to exist a category for best individual performance in a variety show. Unfortunately, the TV academy zapped that race this year and bunched the hosts with producers of variety specials. If the special wins, they all share in the victory, but I think that's a lousy idea. Maybe Emmy voters thought so too by rewarding his song (if not Jackman personally) here.

As my Envelope colleague Pete Hammond points out, the Oscars suffered some tough Emmy slights this year. This victory is vindication for the whole Oscarcast team, which did a terrific job. Such a snub isn't typical, however. Among all programs, the biggest winner of all Prime-time Emmy Awards is that TV special airing the Academy Awards.

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VOTE: Would Justin Timberlake be a great Oscars host?

August 2, 2008 |  8:21 am

The rumor that Justin Timberlake will host the next Oscars is everywhere across the Web, even at sites run by ABC, the network that telecasts the Academy Awards ceremony.

It isn't true, of course. There's about as much of a chance of that lightweight heartthrob presiding over Hollywood's holy of holies as there is that he'll be nominated for best supporting actor for his campy, flouncy role in "The Love Guru."

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It's also not possible for practical reasons. When I asked the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for comment on this rumor, PR chief Leslie Unger replied, "The academy has not yet selected a producer for the show and it is the producer's job to secure a host."

However, according to the National Enquirer, the academy can't wait to book him after Justin wowed audiences at the ESPY Awards two weeks ago.

The tabloid quotes "a source" saying, "Justin is more than a singer, he's a song-and-dance man -- and turned in a performance (at the ESPY Awards) any comedian would envy. Our first question was, 'Can we get him?'"

That's pretty funny, and pretty preposterous. Ha! But it makes for tabloid fodder, I guess. But, hey, let's give Justin a break, OK? Not only did he handle the ESPYs deftly but he's maintained such dignity and class when getting doused in green slime while emceeing the Kids' Choice Awards. Let's not forget that.

So that lead us to ask you.

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Will Razzie voters get smitten by Mike Myers and Justin Timberlake in 'The Love Guru'?

June 18, 2008 |  2:38 pm

From the first reviews for his new movie "The Love Guru", it looks like the only kudos coming Mike Myers' way this year will be Razzie Awards. The film, in which Myers plays, no lie, an Indian swami, is currently rated as an absolute zero by Rotten Tomatoes.

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Just two weeks ago, the comedian hosted the MTV Movie Awards to promote the release of "The Love Guru," his first live-action picture in five years. His last such movie, the costly "The Cat in the Hat," disappointed Dr. Seuss fans and critics alike earning just $100 million in the U.S. and eight Razzie nods in 2003. Luckily for Myers and company, that was also the year of Bennifer and "Gigli." However, Myers' new movie, which costars two other lightning rods for the critics -- Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake -- can't count on an even worse reviewed one coming out this year. Indeed, "The Happening" which landed with such a splat last weekend, scoring only 21 at Rotten Tomatoes, seems like a critical darling by comparison.

While the goose egg for "The Love Guru" is based on only the first six reviews, don’t bet on that number rising into even the double digits by the time the film opens Friday. By comparison, the tepid response so far to "Get Smart," which also debuts this weekend, makes that TV show adaptation seem like a comic gem. With the red hot Steve Carell and the still hot Anne Hathaway assuming the roles of Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 and Oscar winner Alan Arkin onboard as the Chief, this comic caper looks likely to be the box office winner this weekend.

Mike Myers began his career on TV, winning an Emmy Award in 1989 for writing in the first of his six seasons on "Saturday Night Live." One of his most successful characters on that late-night sketch show provided the inspiration for his first feature film, "Wayne's World," in 1992. While the 1993 sequel was certainly not its equal, Myers' other film that year, "So I Married An Axe Murderer," was a resounding failure. Only with "Austin Powers" in 1999, did Myers bounce back and the three films in that franchise and then the "Shrek" series have kept him on the A list. They have won him six MTV Movie Awards as well as the MTV Generation Award last year.

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'American Idol' rivals David Cook and David Archuleta are most like which past award champs?

May 28, 2008 |  2:24 pm

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OK, it looks like "American Idol" loser David Archuleta will rally over time and win more showbiz awards than David Cook, according to the results of our poll netting more than 14,500 votes as of today (May 28). David Archuleta leads with 52.5%; David Cook nabbed 47.5%. (Do you still want to vote? CLICK HERE!)

But what awards? I asked our forum posters to draw some parallels between these chaps and established music artists and I added a few of my own. Then I dug up the award histories of those latter stars.

In the case of David Archuleta, the big question: Is he a sweet, awe-shucks heartthrob who'll vanish fast like 1970s flash-in-the-pan Bobby Sherman, a favorite of the Tiger Beat set? Or is he a durable hottie unafraid to sing powerfully about his broken heart in schmaltzy songs that'll make him (deservedly) a superstar like John Mayer? Or, egads, could the shy 17-year-old turn out to be, as he gains confidence and swagger, the next Justin Timberlake?

David Cook shows promise as a rockin' hunk who might survive the long haul like Jon Bon Jovi or, with a bit less success, Bryan Adams. Or will he be a one-hit wonder who'll never leave the stage like faux rocker Rick Springfield (enough refrains of "Jesse's Girl" already! – it was never a great song in the first place!)? Or disappear quickly like Taylor Hicks?

Below, the award history of five music stars who may be similar to David Archuleta:

Clay Aiken – 1 American Music Award, 3 Billboard Awards
Josh Groban – No major awards. Only a few noms at Grammys, Billboard, World and American Music Awards
John Mayer – 5 Grammys, including song of the year "Daughters"; no American Music or Billboard Awards
Justin Timberlake – 6 Grammys, 3 American Music Awards, 1 Emmy
Bobby Sherman – No awards

Here's the award history of five music stars who may be similar to David Cook:

Bryan Adams – 1 Grammy (writing best song for a film, "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You")
Chris Daughtry – 3 American Music Awards; 1 People's Choice Award; lost 4 Grammy noms, including best new artist

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