First order of business is to let you know that we did not make the following Oscar advertisements. They were handed down to us by the folks at Paramount Pictures, who continue to release faux marketing materials for Tropic Thunder, the year’s most outrageous and ridiculous comedy. As Oscar season ramps up, they are pushing the performance of Kirk Lazarus, played by Robert Downey Jr., for a Best Supporting Actor nod. Check out one of the ads below:

For You Consideration: The Most Acclaimed Actor of His Generation… Gives the Performance of a Lifetime. It’s just too much, really. While there have been rumblings about a potential run for Downey Jr. toward the Best Supporting statue, the Academy would be hard pressed to overlook performances such as Heath Ledger’s in The Dark Knight or Josh Brolin in Milk. Not to mention my personal favorite, dark horse Bill Irwin in Rachel Getting Married.

Just last week the National Board of Review chose Brolin as their Best Supporting Actor, but my Oscarometer — the device that I use to project the Oscars (it’s very secretive) — tells me that Heath Ledger is still the odds on favotire to win posthumously.

Keep it locked to my Oscar Beat column as we continue to wade through the silliness that is Awards season.

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