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The Academy Giveth, And Oscar Taketh Away

Compiled By Staff Writer Dan Web

Golden Globe winner Madonna is telling everyone that she isn’t disappointed about her snub by the Motion Picture Academy.

“I’m disappointed, but I’ve got my priorities straight,” she reportedly said.

Contrast that to Best Supporting Actor nominee Cuba Gooding Jr., who shared a call with Best Actor nominee Tom Cruise. “We screamed at each other for 10 minutes,” Gooding said. “It was nothing intelligent, just ‘Arrrggghhhh. Ahhhhh. Yeaaaahhhh!’ I yelled. He yelled. Then he went hoarse.”

It was a sweet moment for “Shine” Best Actor nominee Geoffrey Rush.

“I called my mum in Queensland,” Rush said. “I said, ‘Mum, I’m an Oscar nominee.’ And she said, ‘Oh lovey, that’s wonderful.”’

Loose talk

Supermodel Tyra Banks on the romance of being alone (in YM magazine): “Being single on Valentine’s Day doesn’t suck at all. At least I don’t have to eat those nasty chocolates some guy gives me and pretend I like them.”

He’s no longer young, but he still don’t know

Sonny Bono turns 62 today.

So if anyone knows one of those numbers…

It shouldn’t be that hard to get hold of Martha Stewart. According to her own magazine, Martha Steward Living, she has six personal fax numbers, 14 personal phone numbers, seven car-phone exchanges, two cell-phone numbers, more than 40 phone sets and four computers.

He doesn’t want to tangle with the tango

Speaking of Oscar snubs, overlooked “Evita” director Alan Parker is just hoping that his film is accepted in Argentina. “This is the most important country for me,” he told reporters Thursday. “I hope everybody likes it.”

We suddenly feel the urge to kill a great, white whale

If Stephen King has one regret, it’s his novel “Rage.” The “Richard Bachman” novel tells the story of a high school student who brings a gun to school, kills his teacher and holds his classmates hostage. “Since then, several kids have killed teachers or held classes hostage who apparently had read that book,” King told “60 Minutes.”

First, of course, she’d have to clear it with hubby Donald

Of all people, Marla Maples Trump thinks that she could offer some solace to continually embattled Princess Diana. “I’ve often wanted to sit down and share some thoughts with her,” Maples told InStyle magazine. “Be sure of who and what you are. If you can keep your own sense of self, that will pull you through.”

And we always try to be sensitive to Michael’s feelings

Why haven’t we written about the baby born to Michael Jackson and wife Debbie Rowe Jackson? Because of the following statement: “Mr. and Mrs. Jackson have requested that there be no further information other than that the baby was a boy and mother and son are doing fine.”

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