Let the speculation begin. Eddie Murphy, once considered a lock for Best Supporting Actor, loses out to Alan Arkin in the ceremony's first upset. Was it Norbit's fault? Or perhaps could it be blamed on the bloated Dreamgirls hype machine? Personally, I go with the former.
Tellingly, a massive Norbit billboard sits across from the Kodak Theatre, seemingly mocking Eddie as he ponders what went wrong. Not even the dulcet tones from Ms. Etheridge can bring him comfort. Nope, only millions and millions of dollars from a Norbit sequel will ease that kind of pain.