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Oscars mystery: Why isn't Natalie Portman considered a shoo-in to win?

"Why isn't Natalie Portman considered a lock?" asks our forums moderator David "Guru" Schnelwar about her Oscar chances to win lead actress. He dug up research about past award patterns that suggests the odds are overwhelmingly in her favor.

Black swan 11Portman ("Black Swan") and Colin Firth ("The King's Speech") have won all of these awards this derby season: Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, Critics' Choice and BAFTA. With only one exception, all actors who have pulled off that feat in the past went on to bag the Oscar next. However, some notable gurus, such as our Buzzmeter pundits Anne Thompson and Peter Travers, are nonetheless betting on Annette Bening ("The Kids Are All Right") to prevail.

The only star who didn't win the Oscar after sweeping those precursor prizes: Russell Crowe ("A Beautiful Mind"). He probably would've won the Academy Award too, but he lost the sympathy of voters when he lost his temper and attacked a BAFTA producer, thus throwing the lead actor race to Denzel Washington ("Training Day").

Portman has behaved most graciously throughout this awards season, of course, but there are several good reasons why she could be tripped up by Bening, who is: 1) a three-time past loser overdue to win; 2) a member of the academy's Board of Governors; 3) a heterosexual star who plays gay, which earned Oscar gold for Sean Penn ("Milk") and Tom Hanks ("Philadelphia").

Below: The actors who swept their awards season by winning the Oscar, Golden Globe, Critics' Choice, SAG and BAFTA Awards.

1996 - Geoffrey Rush, "Shine"
2004 - Jamie Foxx, "Ray"
2005 - Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Capote"
2006 - Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland"
2007 - Daniel Day Lewis, "There Will Be Blood"

2007 - Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"
2008 - Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"
2009 - Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"

2000 - Julia Roberts, "Erin Brockovich"
2005 - Reese Witherspoon, "Walk the Line"
2006 - Helen Mirren, "The Queen"
2008 - Kate Winslet, "The Reader"

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Golden Globes to Ricky Gervais: No, you're not invited back

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. says there is "no truth" to Ricky Gervais' recent claim that he was invited to return as the host of the Golden Globes next year, but turned it down.

HFPA President Phil Berk says, "There is no truth to this rumor. We have not asked him to come back. Nice try, Ricky."

Writing in Britain's Heat magazine, Gervais said, "The ratings went up again, and the organizers asked me to consider a third year. [But] I don’t think I should. I don’t know what I could do better. I certainly couldn’t get more press for them, that’s for sure. You know me. Two seasons is enough. The response was staggering. It was discussed on every news channel and chat show for weeks. The weird thing is, the question is always, 'Did Ricky go too far?' And the answer is always, 'No.' I have yet to find anyone who was actually offended by it."

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo credit: Paul Drinkwater / NBC

Snubs and surprises on the Oscar foreign-language film short list

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' executive committee has narrowed the 66 Oscar-qualifying foreign language films to nine, and the most surprising title to make the cut appears to be Greece's "Dogtooth," a film from Yorgos Lanthimos. Critics seem to really like the movie but also find it incredibly disturbing for its depiction of a remote family compound where the parents work to keep their young adult children locked in their home in a state of freaky pre-adolescence.

Leading the snub category is Italy's official selection, "La Prima Bella Cosa," which had become the centerpiece of some Italian controversy. Luca Guadagnino, the director of "I Am Love," who received a Golden Globe nomination, felt that Italy had made a mistake in selecting "Bella Cosa" over his movie, which stars Tilda Swinton. The executive committee, however, deemed neither worthy of the short list, a blow to Italians who were hopeful that "La Prima Bella Cosa" would be the country's first nominee since Roberto Benigni's 1997 film "Life Is Beautiful."

France's "Of Gods and Men" was also omitted. The Sony Pictures Classics release had been championed by critics worldwide for its powerful depiction of Cistercian monks who stand up for their beliefs when confronted by fundamentalists. 

Rather, the committee went with Denmark's selection,  Suzanne Bier's "In a Better World," which won a Golden Globe on Sunday, in addition to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Biutiful" starring Javier Bardem and Canada's "Incendies," all films that were expected to make the short list.

Surprising was the  addition of  Japan's "Confessions," from director Tetsuya Nakashima, and Sweden's "Simple Simon," from Andreas Ohman. Algeria's film "Hors la Loi," made the list too.

Now,  a specially invited committee will screen all nine films over a three-day period and then whittle the list to the final five Oscar contenders.

— Nicole Sperling

Photo: Hristos Passalis  and Mary Tsoni in "Dogtooth." Credit: Kino International.

Ricky Gervais says he won't host the Golden Globes again


Never mind all of the whisperings across Hollywood: "Will the Golden Globes invite Ricky Gervais back after he slammed them so mercilessly Sunday night?"

Globe leaders may be very forgiving considering the socko TV ratings: 17 million viewers tuned in to watch Gervais' second consecutive year at the podium.

Responding to the murmurings, Ricky tells TMZ, "Well, it doesn't really matter because I'm not going to do it anyway. I said I would do it a second time, but I think twice is enough ... I loved it more than last year, actually."

-- Tom O'Neil

Photo: Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon arrive at the Golden Globes. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Why are creators of 'Social Network' now trying to please Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook?

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Aaron Sorkin has said from the beginning that he intended to "do no harm" when writing the script for "The Social Network." He used court documents, first-person interviews and even Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's own words from the night he created Face Mash and blogged about it. But Sorkin never had access to Zuckerberg nor any cooperation from the now billionaire when he was creating "The Social Network," which walked away with four Golden Globe wins Sunday night.

Sorkin always seemed rather content with that, emphatic that he wasn't making a biopic on Zuckerberg, that this film was much more than that. The screenwriter has spoken very highly of Zuckerberg, as a great philanthropist and a good sport for taking his staff to see "The Social Network" the day it opened, but the need for the man's approval or support never seemed to be of issue.

Yet, his acceptance speech Sunday night, along with producer Scott Rudin's, seemed to be much more than a show of respect for the man on whom the film is based. It felt like a new set of "talking points" for a group of politicians trying to get a man elected.

First, Sorkin appealed directly to Zuckerberg: "If you're watching this, Rooney Mara's character makes a [negative] prediction at the beginning of this movie. She was wrong. You turned out to be a great entrepreneur, a visionary and a great altruist."

Rudin then thanked everyone at Facebook. Adding, "For Mark Zuckerberg allowing us to use his life and work as a metaphor for us to tell a story about communication and the way we relate to each other."

It's odd considering Zuckerberg and Facebook had absolutely no involvement in the making of "The Social Network," and it's curious as to why these two men, who could simply ride high on the waves of accolades that keep piling up behind this movie, suddenly feel the need to appeal to Zuckerberg's base. Or, even worse, are they now, as the Oscars near, trying to depict their "anti-hero" lead character as a real hero instead?

Oscar campaigns have long been compared to political ones with their intense glad-handing, public appearances and quest to appeal not just to voters' minds but to their hearts as well. Is that what's going on here?

Is "Social Network" a movie people appreciate more than love? Are those behind the campaign worried that it's not enough to reward director David Fincher and his talented cast and crew for a well-made flick? Do they worry that the emotional pay-off audiences receive from the warm "The King's Speech" is going to stick with academy voters more than the "want-to-talk" factor that comes with the conclusion of "The Social Network"?

The motives for the shout-outs are still unclear. But the filmmakers' attempts to friend Facebook seem unnecessary. Check out Facebook's mild response to the praise received Sunday night.

 -- Nicole Sperling

Photo: Aaron Sorkin at the Golden Globes. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times


Golden Globes: The red carpet, the dresses, the parties, and more parties

Golden-globes-parties The Golden Globes are about the awards, of course, rewarding outstanding work by folks in movies and television. But let's get real — the Globes are also about those dresses on the red carpet and the parties that come after the show.

The Golden Globes are looser than the Academy Awards, with a smaller crowd, and snacks and drinks and a big room to socialize in off-camera during the show — plus all the after-parties happen in or adjacent to the Beverly Hilton, making it easy for industry friends to mix and mingle and party-hop in what might be the best bunch of "work" celebrations around.

Don't forget the pre-parties that happened in the days leading to Sunday, either, sprinkled around the Critics' Choice Awards on Friday and getting names like "BAFTA" into headlines ahead of the British Academy of Film Television Arts' Tuesday announcement of its own list of nominees.

January Jones on the Golden Globes red carpet The Ministry of Gossip has red carpet and party coverage from the whole week. Click to see all the Golden Globes social stuff at once, or pick from the buffet of headlines below.

Most of all, enjoy the party pictures, and the fabulous outfits that came down the red carpet.


Golden Globes: Five things you didn't see on TV

Golden Globes: HBO after-party gets 'Social,' vamps and ... Diddy

Julia Roberts and Danny Moder: Date night at CAA Golden Globes party

Gerard Butler, Olivia Wilde celebrate good deeds, diamonds at Bulgari bash

Red carpet: Angelina Jolie, Justin Bieber and friends loving life at the Golden Globe Awards

Golden Globes: Serious glamour from Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Renner at InStyle bash

Andrew Garfield, Mila Kunis hit W's A-list Golden Globes party after Critics' Choice Awards

Weinstein-Relativity Media party draws Nicole Kidman, Paris Hilton and everyone else in town

— Christie D'Zurilla

Photos, from top: Winner Annette Bening and husband Warren Beatty at the NBC Universal Golden Globes after-party at the Beverly Hilton on  Jan. 16; "Mad Men" actress January Jones on the red carpet before the show. Credits, from top: Christopher Polk / Getty Images; Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images.

Golden Globes: Robert De Niro gets in his own digs at the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. [Video]

While collecting his honorary Cecil B. DeMille award last night, Robert De Niro tried his hand at a little stand-up comedy. (Perhaps he misses playing his "King of Comedy" character, Rupert Pupkin?)

Maybe he was taking his cues from host Ricky Gervais or maybe he truly has a bit of a beef with the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. We'll probably never know for sure, but De Niro's intention is pretty clear with lines like this, "Thank you for your tireless work in promoting our industry all over the world. And the important thing is that we are all in this thing together: the filmmakers who make the movies and the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. members who, in turn, pose for pictures with the stars. I'm sorry more members of the Hollywood Foreign Press aren't with us tonight, but most of them got deported right before the show. Along with most of the waiters. And Javier Bardem."

How talented an actor is Robert De Niro? He can make you laugh, he can make you cry and he can make you squirm as though you're at a holiday gathering with your kinda racist uncle.

Below is the video of De Niro's complete speech, bad jokes and all.

— Patrick Kevin Day


Chris Colfer brings grace to his Golden Globe win

Everyone's talking today about Ricky Gervais' nasty swipes at virtually everyone in the room at last night's Golden Globes. But not everything there was laced with acid -- "Glee" star Chris Colfer's acceptance speech for winning supporting actor in a series, miniseries or motion picture made for television was one of the night's few uplifting, truly heartfelt moments. How sincere and sweet was it? Gervais said not a word about it.

We would quote it, but it's better that you just see it. We guarantee there won't be a dry eye in front of your monitor.

— Patrick Kevin Day


Golden Globes versus Oscars: How often do they agree?

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In the past, the Golden Globes have usually been a fairly accurate predictor of who'll win Oscars. Still true?

Our forums moderator Rob Licuria just ran the stats, and here's what he discovered. Over the last 65 years, the two awards have agreed on best picture a majority of times, but not recently. Only once in the last six years has the same movie won the top trophy at both shows: "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008).

Remember, the Globes have two sets of awards -- separate categories for dramas and comedies/musicals. Over the last 20 years, one of the winners of the two best actor Globes went on to win the equivalent Oscar 13 times. The Globes and Oscars overlapped four times in the last five years, the one exception being 2008 when Mickey Rourke ("The Wrestler") won the Globe and Sean Penn ("Milk") won the Oscar.

During the same 20 years, the two awards agreed on best actress 12 times. Over the last five years, they concurred 100% if you allow for the confusion between Kate Winslet's two roles in 2008. At the Globes she won in lead for "Revolutionary Road" and in supporting for "The Reader."

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Poll: What did you think of Ricky Gervais as Golden Globes host?

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Ricky Gervais was brutal while hosting the Golden Globes. He insulted Cher's age and showbiz relevance, Johnny Depp's acting chops in "The Tourist" and even the integrity of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. He accused certain famous Scientologists of lying about their sexuality. At the end of the telecast, he said, "I'd like to thank God … for making me an atheist."

Afterward, when the Los Angeles Times asked Gervais if he has any friends left, he harrumphed, "The HFPA doesn't want me, NBC doesn't want me. Scientologists are out to get me. Johnny Depp is going to beat me up in the parking lot — and America won't want me anymore after my atheist comment."

Is Gervais overreacting? Are his critics?

— Tom O'Neil

Photo: Ricky Gervais hosting the Golden Globes on Sunday. Photo credit: NBC.


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