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NYT Reporter Dresses Down Dawn Hudson

Maybe Dawn Hudson would have been better off acquiescing to Michael Cieply‘s interview request.

The New York Times reporter, in the absence of access to the newly named chief executive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences or her presidential colleague Tom Sherak, has offered up a rather strange passive-aggressive profile of the one-time Film Independent-IFP head.

For every flattering quote, there are basically two narrative insults. At the halfway point of the piece for example, after framing Hudson as a Harvard drop-out who suffered a “rare collapse in confidence,” Cieply goes on to gently question the lineage of her brief acting career:

High Crimes (2002) was directed by Carl Franklin, who won the IFP/West’s Independent Spirit Award for his One False Move in 1993. In 1994, Ms. Hudson had a small part in Angie, directed by Martha Coolidge, who won a Spirit award for Rambling Rose in 1992. The next year, the director Jonathan Wacks, a Spirit nominee for Pow Wow Highway in 1990, cast her in Ed and His Dead Mother.

The article also suggests that Hudson’s arrival at AMPAS was directly responsible for the abrupt departure of another AMPAS woman, associate executive administrator Mikel Gordon.

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