Inglourious BasterdsA couple of weeks ago in this space, I made the case for Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' to upset James Cameron's 'Avatar' and Kathryn Bigelow's 'The Hurt Locker' in the Best Picture Oscar race. Now, I'll tell you why it won't.

To recap 'Basterds's' Oscars bona fides: It is on seven ballots besides the one for Best Picture nomination, most of them key indicators of voter sentiment; it did well at both the domestic and foreign box office; it won a pertinent pre-Oscars award (from the Screen Actors Guild for Best Ensemble Feature); and it bears the signature of an auteur whom many critics and industry insiders think is overdue for Hollywood's highest honor. And, most importantly, it has the Oscars savvy and charmed bluster of executive producer Harvey Weinstein beating the bushes for it.
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