I’ve said it too many times to be funny anymore –we are entering the fertile period, ovulation, if you will – the moment that ballots go out and contenders make their target is sum and total of an entire year of Oscar watching and campaigning. December 28th, Oscar ballots are mailed. January 23 they are due back.
Once those ballots go out, I’ve heard, most Academy members fill out their ballots right away. At least, they used to. Now, maybe they wait a bit, especially with almost a whole month to watch and ruminate. Since the date has shifted ever so slightly to allow a longer awards season, we might see some interesting twists and turns.
A few stragglers hang on to the last possible second, either because they didn’t have any time to see anything, or because the depressing slate of films made them not want to “go there” at all.¬† Or maybe they are all waiting to see Avatar in all of its glory. Gone with the Wind played on TCM last night, followed by The Making of Gone with the Wind, and if there is any filmmaker who resembles David O. Selznick it’s Jim Cameron. Cameron, for all of his new fangled technology, is very much like an old studio god.