The bad news is you can lose the
presidency of the united States even
when you win the popular vote. But
the good news is you can get an
Oscar with fewer people than fit on a subway train.
"There are three categories in the Oscar
voting that require a special ballot," says an insider. "To vote for foreign, short film or
documentary, you have to sign an affidavit
that you have seen all the nominees." it's not enough to watch them at home on
a dVd - Academy members have to attend
an official screening.
The snitch said fewer than 300 people
requested the special ballot in the documentary
category, which was won by Al Gore's "An
inconvenient Truth" Sunday. But even that
number is about 100 more than usual.
An Academy rep confirms that of its 5,800
voting members, only about 200 typically file
a ballot in the category.
Heath bars Michelle on V-Day
Brooklynites Heath Ledger and Michelle
Williams have hit a rough patch in their
"They had a huge fight, and they're not speaking," a source told us last week,
although a separate spy says things thawed
a little over the Oscars weekend.
Our spy spotted heath in the company of a gaggle of other women (although not
misbehaving) without Michelle on Valentine's
day at Teddy's in los Angeles.
Williams responded frostily to a question
about their relationship during Fashion Week.
Odd woman linked to Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant got some unwelcome
attention at the Amsterdam premiere of
his romantic comedy "Music and lyrics."
A woman handcuffed herself to him as he
walked the red carpet (see photo series, l.).
"I am trying to be with my fans, and you
are pissing me off," he reportedly told her.
"do you have a key?"
When she said "no" he replied: "Well then
you will have to walk with me inside."
The woman - who turned out to be from
a dutch prank TV show - was arrested and
spent two hours at the local police station.
Paris will always have Paris
You will no doubt be astounded to
learn that Paris Hilton's los Angeles home
is papered wall to wall with pictures of
"Her house is crazy," says one guest at
her weekend birthday party. "She has a
stripper pole in her living room and pictures
of herself everywhere - big black-and-white blowups, and her covers all framed on
Another partygoer who was treated like
family by parents Rick and Kathy Hilton was
professional prankster, Steve-O.
"he was walking around with a release in his pocket," says the spy. "Paris is in one
of his videos and he wanted her to sign the
release letting him use the footage. She
signed it on the stripper pole platform using
her Sidekick as a light."
No word on what kind of video it is.
DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER
* Which coked-up,
oversexed celeb, not
previously linked with
guys, gave a pleasant
surprise to a visiting gay New Yorker in the
backyard of a pre-Oscars
party in l.A. Friday night?
* Which two male
TV actors (one of
whom is married)
were making out in
the bathroom of the
Vanity Fair Oscars
party Sunday night?
NEW YORK MINUTE
* "Consternation at Fox News Channel!" says a tipster. "While
Bill O'Reilly was reporting from l.A. last week, someone
swiped the chair from his office."
* Rachel Weisz is telling
pals she's ready for baby No. 2, according to West Coast buzz.
* Natalie Portman left agent Patrick Whitesell's Oscars
party with on-again boyfriend Gael García Bernal.
* As forecast in this column, the best-looking couple in hollywood over the weekend was new duo Naomi
Campbell and Terrence Howard.
* New BFFs Kelly Osbourne and Victoria Beckham hung out all night at Elton John's Oscars viewing party. "Kelly was also holding hands with ex-boyfriend,
'Transamerica' cutie Kevin Zegers, and they are officially back together," says a snitch.
* No Anna Nicole Smith in the Oscars dead-celeb roundup? Travesty!
With Laura Schreffler
Originally published on February 27, 2007