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Oscar Voters Spilling the Beans

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It’s never a pretty picture to look inside the mind of your average Oscar voter, especially those who have nothing better to do than blab about their choices.  Back when I first started covering the Oscar race it was considered a rookie move to post or advertise what one Oscar voter was choosing – simply because there were so many pretending to be Oscar voters.  No one is easier to…

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Challenging Movies Make Voters Nervous, but If they Can’t Take the Heat…

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One of the hardest parts of Oscar watching is the inevitable truths that come out every year about the behavior of Academy voters, who are more like your average movie-goer than they are like film critics. A friend of mine said, after seeing 12 Years a Slave, that if the Academy chose that film for Best Picture it would be a step forward for a group that tends to pick…

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot

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Scott Feinberg went and hung out with a prickly director who gave him his honest picks in the various categories. You can tell 2012 is a very strong year because everyone’s “should wins” are all over the place. One thing I can say with a certainty is that I feel a groundswell not for Silver Linings for Best Picture but for Zero Dark Thirty and that will be my No…

Jimmy Fallon in talks to host 2013 Oscars; ABC not happy

Jimmy Fallon in talks to host 2013 Oscars; ABC not happy

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Jimmy Fallon, freshest of late late night talk show hosts, is in talks to host the 85th Academy Awards. ABC is reportedly raising objections because Fallon has the audacity to be brilliant on a program not owned by ABC. The network has no authority in choice of Oscar host so what good can come of Disney/ABC kicking up a stink? The LATimes has details. ABC is owned by Disney, and…

What’s the Sudden Close Relationship Between Deadline and the Motion Picture Academy?

What’s the Sudden Close Relationship Between Deadline and the Motion Picture Academy?

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I have no beef against Nikki Finke, like many do. In fact, I’ve always admired her throughout the years for her tenacity and fortitude forging a path in a mostly male dominated industry. But something went a little funny when I started seeing more and more news breaks coming from the Motion Picture Academy to Deadline exclusively.  The Academy then releases a pointless, redundant news item which no one bothers…

Mark Harris: "Why the Academy Should Fire Brett Ratner"

Mark Harris: "Why the Academy Should Fire Brett Ratner"

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Thanks to this essay by Mark Harris at Grantland.com. I feel a lot less like a fuming hothead for suggesting earlier that Brett Ratner’s behavior shouldn’t be pardoned. …at a Los Angeles Q&A after a screening of Tower Heist, the film’s director Brett Ratner dismissed a question about his process by saying, “Rehearsing is for fags.” Since Ratner has been signed to produce this year’s Oscars, I would say he…

Mark Harris: “Why the Academy Should Fire Brett Ratner”

Mark Harris: “Why the Academy Should Fire Brett Ratner”

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Thanks to this essay by Mark Harris at Grantland.com. I feel a lot less like a fuming hothead for suggesting earlier that Brett Ratner’s behavior shouldn’t be pardoned. …at a Los Angeles Q&A after a screening of Tower Heist, the film’s director Brett Ratner dismissed a question about his process by saying, “Rehearsing is for fags.” Since Ratner has been signed to produce this year’s Oscars, I would say he…

Oscar Producer Brett Ratner: “Rehearsing is for fags!”

Oscar Producer Brett Ratner: “Rehearsing is for fags!”

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I sincerely believe the Academy needs to fire Brett Ratner. Last week, Brett Ratner told the world that yes, he did “bang” Olivia Munn, but it was “before she was Asian” (an admission he made not while under questioning by Howard Stern but as a guest on a basic cable talk show). Ratner grew no less shy this weekend, according to Twitter and several Vulture sources: After a screening of…

Oscar Producer Brett Ratner: "Rehearsing is for fags!"

Oscar Producer Brett Ratner: "Rehearsing is for fags!"

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I sincerely believe the Academy needs to fire Brett Ratner. Last week, Brett Ratner told the world that yes, he did “bang” Olivia Munn, but it was “before she was Asian” (an admission he made not while under questioning by Howard Stern but as a guest on a basic cable talk show). Ratner grew no less shy this weekend, according to Twitter and several Vulture sources: After a screening of…

Mark Harris on Three Dumb Oscar Rules that Need to Change

Mark Harris on Three Dumb Oscar Rules that Need to Change

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  Like a snake eating its own tail, Mark Harris, over at Grantland, suggests that as we wait out the lull (read: as we wait for the Big Oscar Movies to drop), perhaps it’s time to scrutinize the group we love to hate: So while we wait, perhaps it’s time to turn to the Academy itself. As Oscar-watchers, we all root for excellence to be rewarded. Sometimes that doesn’t happen…