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Oscar nominations: prelude

8:22 a.m. "Can you feel the excitement?" asks one of the faceless hosts on the CBS morning show. I decide to switch channels.

8:30. E!'s Catt Sadler is dolled up in Beverly Hills and Ben Lyons is bundled up in Sundance -- so this is where he ended up after helping kill "At the Movies." Both are salivating over the possibilities for Natalie Portman getting a best actress nod. Much talk about the Academy's supposedly thrilling new youth movement. I decide to switch to ABC, which is advertising the appearance of an old Rolling Stone colleague, Christopher Connelly.

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8:33. Connelly predicts four nominations for "Toy Story 3" and notes the Producers Guild win for "King's Speech." Provides amusing trivia: James Franco is the first host since Paul Hogan to host and be up for a nomination (Hogan was up for the script to "Crocodile Dundee").

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