Excuse Me While I Whip This Out: Best Picture in the Time of Obama

Deadline’s Pete Hammond writes, I think, an interesting, well-examined look at Fox Searchlight’s billboard with the message “It’s time” written on it. This has become its own whisper campaign of sorts — Matt Drudge linked to it, very likely...
Posted On 20 Feb 2014

Christopher Hitchens Defends Against Rumors, Blasts The King's Speech

The first time Christopher Hitchens made his objections known I didn’t bother posting it or discussing it. The reason for this is primarily that it would have an impact on whether the King’s Speech will win the Oscar or not – it very likely will, and it will...
Posted On 21 Feb 2011

The Academy and Negative Campaigning

The question for the Oscars this weekend is whether or not the recent scandal involving The Hurt Locker’s producer, or the LA Times flurry of negative stories the week before ballots closed will have any impact on the way it turns out. The long and short of it is this: if...
Posted On 05 Mar 2010

Anatomy of a Smear Campaign aka Reasonable Doubt

I’ve really been enjoying the Carpetbagger’s coverage of this year’s Oscars. It is different from David Carr’s take – it is much more removed, I think, than the usual coverage of the Oscars and therefore, to me, it is always like reading what a...
Posted On 03 Mar 2010

Could This Be Why they Changed Back to Five?

Now, the latest controversy, or blunder, is that supposedly the Hurt Locker producer instructed voters to put Hurt Locker at number 1 and Avatar at number 10. This is, I think, in direct response to a piece of news that floated around last week that Avatar supporters within the...
Posted On 26 Feb 2010

Naming Names

And one more thing. Nikki finke closes her posting about the email affair this way: Tonight, I’ll show how this is but the tip of the iceberg. I have a complete wrap-up on why this was the worst Oscar campaign season for media manipulation I can remember. And I’ll be...
Posted On 25 Feb 2010

AMPAS Gets Involved

Things just got even uglier. Nikki Finke tracks down the Chartier story even further and shows that the Academy, aka the “house of all things holy” committed the following blunder – something I consider far more damaging than anything Chartier did: …This...
Posted On 25 Feb 2010

The Not-So-Calm Before the Storm

A few days ago, right after the BAFTAs, several websites declared the Oscar race over. I hadn’t felt nervous about The Hurt Locker’s Best Picture chances until that moment. You don’t declare a race over before ballots have been turned in. You just don’t....
Posted On 25 Feb 2010

I’m Shocked, Shocked!

Well, the clusterfuck has finally come full circle. The producer of The Hurt Locker blah blah blah, violated the rules by sending out an email, blah blah blah and cut to — he has had to apologize. He did finally apologize: The academy has not yet issued a statement about...
Posted On 24 Feb 2010

Oh and Speaking of Negative Campaigning

Nikki Finke smacks down the NY Times, accuses the paper of being biased against Mickey Rourke: One of the most time-honored traditions of the Oscars is the redemptive quality of its nominations process. Talent who’ve hit the the skids over the years through their own bad...
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