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Cold justice

I was lucky enough to catch Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on HBO over dinner tonight.

eternal sunshine

Such a wonderfully inventive story, and perhaps Jim Carrey’s most powerful and controlled performance.

As I watched, I questioned yet again why he didn’t win an Oscar…or even get nominated.  So I used the Google machine to remind me — who did take the prize in 2005?

The Oscar nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role were:

  • Don Cheadle in “Hotel Rwanda”
  • Johnny Depp in “Finding Neverland”
  • Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Aviator”
  • Clint Eastwood in “Million Dollar Baby”
  • Jamie Foxx in “Ray”

Foxx took home the prize; it was no shock.  His portrayal of the musical legend was spot-on. He sang and played the piano, too.  I wasn’t a fan of the film, but of him, yes.

I concede defeat.

But I would argue that Carrey’s performance deserves to be on that list as much if not more than Leo.  Or Johnny.  In fact, the list would be stronger for it.

Isn’t it funny how quickly you can become bitter about something that happened 10 years ago?

(Imagine how Jim must feel.)

Parts is parts

Take a good look at your body.

Which part is worth the big bucks?

Lots of celebs have had to answer that question…and have taken big insurance policies as a result.  Many make perfect sense.

Others are kinda surprising.

Let’s start with the more expected ones.  Supermodel and Project Runway host Heidi Klum has her legs insured for $2 million with London’s Phillips de Pury & Co., although her right leg is supposedly worth more than her left which has a small scar.

And Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards has his hands insured for $1.6 million with Lloyd’s of London.

They make their living off their limbs, so it stands to reason (even if Richards doesn’t).

But a $10 million policy on actress America Ferrara’s smile?  Just because she hawks Crest White Strips?  And a $120 million worth of insurance on St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGuire’s ankle?

His ankle?  It doesn’t even swing the bat!

Of course, that’s nothing compared to David Beckham’s whopping $195 million policy that covers his entire body — the largest personal insurance policy in sports history — because a lot of his income comes from endorsements.

Beckham can’t bend it if he isn’t pretty.

Which brings us back to today’s burning question…

What body part would you insure?  What is most valuable to you, your livelihood and your quality of life?

Like Keith Richards, I would insure my hands.  Not because I can play any musical instrument well enough to earn even my lunch money, but because I use them to earn a living.  And to take care of my day-to-day needs.

And to play on Facebook and Twitter.

Heck, that’s worth a couple of million dollars right there.