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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

Motion Picture Sound Editors announce nominees for the Golden Reel Awards

"Black Swan" and "Inception" led the nominations Friday morning for the Motion Picture Sound Editors 58th annual Golden Reel Awards, earning three each.

The awards are given in sound editing, music editing and sound design.

Vying for best sound editing, feature film DX & ADR (dialogue and dubbing or "looping"), are "Black Swan," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part I," "Inception," "The Kids Are All Right," "The King's Speech," "The Social Network," "Tron: Legacy" and "True Grit."

Nominated for sound editing, feature film effects and foley, are "127 Hours," "Black Swan," "Inception," "True Grit," "Iron Man 2," "Salt," "Tron: Legacy" and "Unstoppable."

Nominees for sound editing, feature film animation, are "Despicable Me," "How to Train Your Dragon," "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," "Tangled," "The Illusionist" and "Toy Story 3."

In contention for feature film documentary are "Babies," "Catfish," "Exit Through the Gift Shop," "Inside Job," "Restrepo," "Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage" and "Waiting for 'Superman.' "

Garnering nominations for feature film foreign-language are "Biutiful," "Lebanon," "Micmacs," "Mother," "North Face," "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

Nominees for best sound editing, feature film music, are "Alice in Wonderland," "Black Swan," "Get Low," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part I," "Inception," "Let Me In," "The Losers" and "The Social Network."

Nominees for feature film music in a musical are "Burlesque," "Country Strong," "Step Up 3D" and "Tangled."

For a list of the TV nominees, as well as nominations in several other categories including direct-to-video movies and computer interactive entertainment, go to

The Golden Reels will also be presenting two special awards at its Feb. 20 ceremony at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel: Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer is set to receive the 2011 MPSE Filmmaker award, and Academy Award-winning sound designer and editor Walter Murch will receive the 2011 MPSE Career Achievement honor.

— Susan King

Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene from "Inception," nominated in three sound editing categories. Credit: Warner Bros.



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