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The Changeling

2007 Universal Studios

Angelina Jolie might not get that coveted Best Actress nom we know she desires more than kid No. 7. No one’s tuning in to A.J.’s Clint Eastwood-directed pic Changeling—could it be because of the ridiculous poster?and the drama’s made only $27 million in three weeks of release. Angie should expect a repeat disappointment come Oscar season à la last year’s depress-o-rama, A Mighty Heart. Funny, one year ago exactly, Angelina’s Beowulf was No. 1 at the box office, making the same amount as Changeling in just three days. Audiences obviously prefer their Jolie naked, even in CGI form, rather than down in the dumps.

E!’s own Ben Lyons thinks otherwise, as he told us at a recent H'wood shindig. “Sure-thing Oscar nominations—I think Angie will get nominated for Changeling, I think Brad Pitt will be nominated for Ben Button. If they both win, I think our office will explode.”

So who does Ben see as the big winners come February? “I think this year is the best year for blockbusters that make you think," he says, "like Iron Man and Batman. And you have romantic comedies that straight dudes love like Rachel Getting Married.”

Dude’s got a pointbig-budget popcorn flicks are taking a cue from thinking-man type movies, and special effects are sharing celluloid space with actual content. Sorry, struggling indie filmmakers out there, this ain’t your year. Try porn, there are tons of celebs willing to star in those types of films for free.

—Additional reporting by Becky Bain