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Oscar’s Big Winner
Just when I couldn’t be happier to be an EW subscriber, I saw your Slumdog Millionaire cover. What a perfect post-Oscar issue!
Not everyone out there has Slumdog fever. The fact that the film won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing over WALL—E is an absolute travesty. Ben Burtt and his crew created an entire world of sound from scratch and mixed it together expertly, giving two animated robots more personality than any onscreen humans in 2008. This only proves just how astonishingly out of touch the Academy can be.
Slumdog Millionaire won so many awards, yet none of the actors were nominated for lead or supporting roles. I wonder why Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, and the rest of the cast weren’t given credit for making the film what it was. After all, if the acting was not good, I don’t see how it could’ve won Best Picture. How many times in Oscar history has the entire cast of a Best Picture winner been overlooked?
Senior writer Dave Karger responds: Of the 81 movies that have won the Best Picture Oscar, Slumdog Millionaire is the 11th to do so without receiving any acting nominations (other examples include Braveheart, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and The Last Emperor). Since each of the film’s three lead roles was played by a trio of actors, it was very difficult for any individual performer to stand out enough to earn a nod. But the industry certainly felt strongly about the ensemble as a whole: The group won this year’s Screen Actors Guild award for Best Cast over the star-studded casts of Milk, Doubt, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Fallin’ for Fallon
On SNL, Jimmy Fallon never failed to make himself laugh, but there’s little denying the infectious power of that boyish grin (”Jimmy’s Late Shift”). Though he looks more like a movie star than most of his late-night counterparts, his blatant goofiness is far more suited to this new venture.
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Don’t Fear the ‘Reaper’
The only thing on target with your Reaper review was your praise of Ray Wise (TV). Shame on you for not giving this, ahem, heavenly show its due, and shame on The CW for taking so long to bring it back.
February’s Entertainer of the Month
Faithful David Letterman viewers couldn’t have been surprised that you chose him as Entertainer of the Month. He always puts a smile on my face before I go to bed, and the following morning I can’t wait to find out what his next show will bring. Watch out, Conan!