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Oscar Watch 2008: Kate and Leo, Not Boleyn Girls

Oscar Watch 2008: Kate and Leo, Not Boleyn Girls

I’m so glad the Oscar season is over that the idea of professional Oscar watchers already predicting next year’s awards makes me feel, well, tired. But this is their life, 24/7, while I move on to such mundane annual rituals as the ShoWest exhibitor convention in Las Vegas.

In Contention’s Kris Tapley, whose Variety Oscar blog ends on Friday (applause on a job well done) has posted a list of probable 2008 Oscar contenders. And Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone, who will keep on plugging, adds the year’s first Oscar poll in response. My votes matched up pretty closely with the poll. Paramount Vantage will handle the honors on DreamWorks’ adaptation of Richard Yates’ portrait of a 50s marriage, Revolutionary Road, which reunites Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet under the direction of Sam Mendes. No Country for Old Men’s Oscar-winner Scott Rudin produces. And Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are looking to be back in the winner’s circle with their screen version of The Queen writer Peter Morgan’s play Frost/Nixon, starring Michael Sheen as TV host David Frost and Frank Langella as Richard M. Nixon.

Speaking of Morgan, I saw his adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s bodice-ripper the other Boleyn girl last night. Here’s Variety’s review. Columbia and Focus Features would not be releasing it now if they thought the movie was an Oscar contender, and it’s not. But it is great fun, as wily American actresses Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johannson hold their own against an array of top-flight British thespians. It’s an old-fashioned juicy period costume drama, if not as sexy as the lengthier Showtime version, The Tudors. I could see women flocking to this in droves.

UPDATE: Here’s Rachel Abramowitz’s feature on the pic in the LAT.

[Originally appeared on Variety.com]

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