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Carlos, the Awards Season Terrorist

While many LA film journalists scoff privately at the mercenary aspects of the Hollywood Movie Awards, set for Monday, October 25th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, few are willing to state these same opinions publicly. So thank goodness for David Poland.

In a tart take-down of the annual event shared earlier this week, Poland – who once served as an Advisory Board member for the ceremony – marvels at the way Hollywood Film Festival founder Carlos de Abreu (pictured) is able to bilk the studios for talent, sponsored table money and silent subservience.

Poland also wonders why the media “doesn’t burn this thing to the ground”, to which fellow Hollywood blogger Kristopher Tapley (InContention.com) has an answer in the article comments: “Because, ultimately, who gives a sh*t? Pointless in the grand scheme. It just is. No victims here. No gun to anyone’s head.”

In order to successfully pull off his “con” each year, Poland notes that de Abreu cleverly builds on the momentum of high-profile humanitarian honorees (this year, Sean Penn) and makes sure to laud the below-the-line talent of films starring the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio.

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