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Jokes spice up dark films on Hollywood's big night

By unknown | Feb 25, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Arthur Spiegelman

Arthur Spiegelman

The "green" limos were ready and graceful gowns begged, borrowed and bought.

Hollywood was ready for a glittering Oscar last night, but the films that would be honoured were expected to be darkly pessimistic and the comedy sharply political.

Having hired the US's leading political satirist, Jon Stewart, as master of ceremonies during a presidential campaign, Oscar organisers were hoping to spice up Hollywood's big night with jokes that will be repeated around the water cooler this morning.

Oscar producer Gil Cates has promised an award ceremony filled with big stars including George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Broadway songstress Kristin Chenoweth and teen idol Miley Cyrus to cheer the crowd. Still, rainy weather may conspire against the festivities and dampen the red carpet that had been expected to explode with colour.

Hollywood can't say this Oscar season has been an ebullient one as a three-month screenwriters strike, which ended earlier this month, caused awards shows to be cancelled or drastically curtailed.

Oscar watchers say this year's best film nominees reflect the mood of the 5800 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The two frontrunning movies for the best film honour are violent, a third nominee tells of corporate and legal greed, a fourth of family betrayal and the fifth teen pregnancy - that's the funny one. - Reuters


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