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February 20th, 2009
03:12 PM ET

It is most definitely not an honor just to be nominated

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/02/19/pre.oscar.roundup/art.reader.weinstein.jpg caption="Kate Winslet, who's up for "The Reader," has been nominated six times and never won. "]

Jack Gray
AC360° Associate Producer

This is a bittersweet time of year for me.  I enjoy watching the Academy Awards but I miss my days in the movie industry.  I know what you’re thinking:  he was just in it for the glamour.  But you’re wrong.  I was born with a dream.  A dream to work in a video store/tanning parlor.

But, that was 10 years and 1000 tubs of cocoa butter ago. And while, once again, I wasn’t nominated for anything this year, I do have a speech prepared just in case there’s a write-in campaign to honor my cameo as Benjamin Button’s uncle, Larry Button.

Here goes nothing:

“Thank you so much, thank you. First, I would like to acknowledge the cast and crew of Slumdog Millionaire.  I think I speak for moviegoers everywhere when I say, 'The world is tired of you, now sit down.’

I must also say it’s an honor to be in the same room as the lovely and talented Kate Winslet.  You were brilliant in Revolutionary Road and The Reader, but it was your dance number in that latest Rambo movie that made me remember why I got into this business in the first place.

Angelina and Brad, it’s wonderful to see you here tonight.  I was worried you might not be able to find a babysitter to watch the octuplets.

Hats off to Ashton Kutcher.  When you first told me you wanted to turn Macbeth into a surfing movie, I was skeptical.  But your decision to cast Florence Henderson in the lead was inspired.

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