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Jeff Bridges' Long Overdue Oscar Win

I cannot say enough how great it was watching Jeff Bridges take the Lead Actor Oscar last night. Bridges' five nominations yielding zero wins was tantamount to Kubrick's career oscar shut-out. Whether he should have gotten the Oscar for Last Picture Show, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Starman, or The Contender, The Dude should have risen the trophy to the sky years ago.

For months it looked like Colin Firth was going to run away with this Best Actor contest after his excellent turn in A Single Man, but then a little film called Crazy Heart made its way across screens and one of America's greatest - and most underrated - actors joined the likes of Jimmy Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, and Gary Cooper.

Of course I felt that Bridges should have won, let alone be nominated, for The Big Lebowski. Comedies have never been the forte of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but despite what some thought Bridges wasn't toking up before takes, he was acting. Alas, he has his Best Actor Oscar now and the injustice has been righted.

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