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Countdown to THE OSCARS

WHOOO!!!! Now that the writers' strike is over, I can finally, officially allow myself to get excited about the Oscars. Here's a photo from this year's Oscar nominee luncheon where, according to Academy President Sid Ganis' video blog, everyone can "bask in their nomineeness." I couldn't find a picture bigger than this--can anyone confirm that's Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova there to the right of the big shiny Oscar head? I can also just make out Viggo Mortensen and George Clooney's big smiles, as well as Ellen Page and Casey Affleck sitting next to each other in the front row. With a little more than a week to go, I'll be checking these sites constantly for news and gossip: Gold Rush ---The Hollywood Reporter's awards blog Little Gold Men--Vanity Fair's "daily guide to Oscar season" The Carpetbagger--A New York Times blog by media columnist David Carr Awards Daily--An excellent all around guide to the races in every category If you know of other award-centric sites, please post them here. I'm hoping reading constantly about the Oscars counts as work. Jon Stewart hosts the big show staring at 5pm (the only awards show we West Coasters get live) on Sunday, February 24th on ABC.

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