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Around the Awards Track: Eminem expects to lose at Grammys | BAFTA predictions | Oscar voters drunk on 'King's Speech'?

February 9, 2011 | 10:41 am

● Most Grammy pundits agree that Eminem -- who leads with the most nominations (10) -- is going to have his biggest trophy sweep ever, but he's got a defeatist attitude, according to Royce da 5'9", a singerEminem grammy on Em's label, Shady Records. "He doesn't think he's gonna win anything," he told MTV News. "He wouldn't bet me, though. But I think he honestly thinks he's not gonna win. Which I think is ridiculous." MTV

● Grammy rumor: "This year the big show opener will be a tribute to Aretha Franklin featuring Christina Aguilera, fresh off her Super Bowl fumble, and Jennifer Hudson, among others. Odds are that the Queen of Soul may even make an appearance to put an exclamation point on the segment and her recovery from a recent undisclosed illness." WAYNE'S WORLD

● After causing a fashion uproar at the Golden Globes for wearing different-colored shoes, Helena Bonham Carter promises that her footwear will match at the upcoming Oscars, but the rest of her ensemble will "probably be a catastrophe." LONDON TELEGRAPH

● When Gold Derby executive editor Paul Sheehan and I hooked up with Jeffrey Wells for a video slugfest at the Hollywood Museum, the Hollywood-Elsewhere wag equated Oscar voters' love for "The King's Speech" to an alcoholic having a relapse. "It's back to the booze and slurping," he says, now that voters are seemingly about to pick a "huggy bear, comfy blanket" movie for best picture. GOLD DERBY

BaftaSasha Stone predicts what will happen at BAFTA when the British film awards are doled out Sunday. Expect "The King's Speech," of course, but she warns: "The BAFTAs have been known to shock, however. Last year's 'Hurt Locker' win, for instance, was a bit of a heartstopper. …. Tilda Swinton won for 'Michael Clayton' just before winning the Oscar, as did Marion Cotillard. Famously, Roman Polanski won Best Director at the BAFTA before then winning the Oscar as well for 'The Pianist.' " AWARDS DAILY

● If you want to win your office Oscar pool, pay special attention to those tricky crafts categories. Kris Tapley does an artful job handicapping the race for best art direction. Though predicting "The King's Speech," he warns that " 'Alice in Wonderland' is definitely a spoiler possibility," noting that Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd" pulled off an upset here a few years ago. IN CONTENTION

 -- Tom O'Neil

Photo credits, from top: Aftermath Records; BAFTA