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November 11, 2009

AND THEY'RE OFF: The award season has only just begun, but our esteemed panel of Oscarologists is already off to the races, handicapping the potential of such end-of-the-year hopefuls as "Precious" (pictured above, with Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, left, and Paula Patton), "Up in the Air," "Avatar" and "Invictus." Check back regularly because the Buzzmeter is always moving.

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WEB Q&A

Q. What's the best advice you've received about the entertainment industry?

A. Don't take it personally.

-- "Everybody Loves Raymond"

Emmy winner Doris Roberts on the Circuit blog

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THE POLL

What do you think of Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin as the choice for Oscar co-hosts?

1. Inspired!

2. Fine, but how about a little more diversity next year?

3. It doesn't matter who hosts. I watch for the stars.

4. Bring back Bob Hope!

Go online to TheEnvelope.com to cast your vote.

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HOT HITS

GLOBES VS. OSCARS: WHOSE HOST IS BEST?

The Hollywood Foreign Press picked Ricky Gervais this year, while the academy picked Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. Which show is better off? Pete Hammond weighs in on the Notes on a Season blog.

NOT JUST ANOTHER PRETTY FACE

Audiences are buzzing about Mariah Carey's dressed-down performance in the drama "Precious." Will her lack of makeup help push her into the award race? It's worked for other people. Click through our gallery of award-winning on-screen transformations.

HATS OFF TO COUNTRY MUSIC

People may be talking Oscars this time of year, but we mustn't forget tonight's Country Music Assn. Awards. Check in later for a red carpet gallery, instant performance reviews and a live chat.

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