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Oprah Honorary Selection Turns Oscar Bloggers the Color Red

Here at FishbowlLA, we can no longer get too excited or angry about matters Oscar-related. The show is a colossal disappointment each and every year, the acceptance speeches are honed for months on end via other telecasts, and in today’s fractious world the whole thing seems less important than ever. But we are clearly in the Hollywood media minority.

In the wake of this week’s announcement that Oprah Winfrey will receive the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award on November 21, LA Times media critic Patrick Goldstein, Oscar show spoiler Nikki Finke, and many more are hitting the Kodak Theatre roof. Meanwhile, AP LA reporter Sandy Cohen has since checked in with Oprah (no comment by press time) and Academy president Tom Sherak:

“Oprah has given and given and given,” Sherak said, adding that she has contributed more than $500 million of her own money to charitable causes. “She’s a member of the academy, she was nominated for an Academy Award and she has produced movies. This is not about personality. This is about a person who has come from the depths, risen to the heights and given back. That’s a perfect example of why this award was created.”

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Grantland in the LA Times

Seems a little late, but the LA Times finally got around to interviewing Bill Simmons about his new LA-based sports/pop culture site Grantland. Writer Patrick Goldstein concluded his piece on Grantland thusly.

When I confessed to Simmons that I’d even found myself sucked into reading Klosterman’s second-by-second analysis of an especially awful 1979 Led Zeppelin performance of “In the Evening,” he smelled victory.

“That’s our goal — to make people waste their time. And as long as they’re wasting their time on our site, we’re winning.”

Interesting, since Goldstein already wrote that Simmons ascribed to the philosophy that it is “foolish to chase page views by emphasizing quantity over quality.” You don’t pay Malcolm Gladwell to be a consulting editor to draw people in to waste their time. You pay him to be taken seriously. Simmons is clearly kidding.

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Sony Exec Celebrates Midnight in Kerrville

Forget about Paris. The real sign that Sony Pictures Classics has a massive hit on its hands with Woody Allen‘s Midnight in Paris can be found closer to home.

Studio co-chairman Michael Barker tells LA Times columnist Patrick Goldstein that the $70 million plus worldwide indie blockbuster is the first time one of his movies has played in his hometown of Kerrville, Texas. In this small hamlet of 20,000 or so residents, Midnight in Paris screened at the Rio 10 Cinema for a solid month:

“That’s definitely a first for us,” Barker says. “My stepmother is really happy, because she finally can take all her friends to see one of our films. But that’s what makes this film such a pleasure. It’s playing in theaters that have never played a Woody Allen film before. It’s getting big numbers in theaters in Idaho and Montana, in Mississippi and Alabama.”

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Nikki Finke to Patrick Goldstein: ‘I’m Still Calling It As I See It’

Since LA Times media columnist Patrick Goldstein began sharing his beat with colleague James Rainey, he doesn’t write for the paper nearly as much as he used to.

But he’s got a new piece that is bound to get some good traction. In it, he wonders whether columnist Nikki Finke has gone soft(er) since being purchased by Jay Penske‘s Media Corp. Goldstein chatted with Finke last week; she dismisses the “soft” notion but admits that because her access to Hollywood execs is now greater, her writing may be “a little more nuanced.” Others aren’t so sure:

“This is about what happens when the renegade outsider becomes an institution,” said one high-level exec. “The original appeal of Deadline was that it was the place to go to see what everyone in Hollywood loves: someone taking down their competitors. But now it’s just a ticker tape for showbiz news. People used to read it with a mixture of incredulousness and fear. Now people just read it.”

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Patrick Goldstein Reveals True Barometer for Best Picture Winners

From the get-go this awards season, the race for the Academy Awards’ top prize of Best Picture has always been seen as coming down to a fast-talking Harvard student vs. a stuttering British King. Following Tuesday’s nominations, LA Times media columnist Patrick Goldstein is still of that opinion, but in pooh-poohing Variety‘s separate pronouncement that True Grit is a renewed Best Picture contender, he shares a fascinating predictive stat.

If there is one key indicator that provides the most accurate prediction of a film’s Best Picture chances, it is not how many nominations the film received, but whether it earned an all-important nomination for Best Editing. In fact, not since Ordinary People way, way back in 1980 has a film won Best Picture without also being nominated for the Best Editing award.

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Show Biz Reporters Exchange Barbs in NY Observer Piece


You can read the whole story for yourself – but we’ll sum it up:

Sharon Waxman, Nikki Finke, Anita Busch, Patrick Goldstein and Brian Lowry all hate each other and claim that they are the ones that are the most journalistic. Basically, they’re scratching each others’ eyes out in a New York paper. Which is only notable because they usually only do this on their respective blogs. Dog bites man. Show biz scribes catfight.

Blah blah.

The problem with entertainment writers is they write for people that don’t read, so they have to result to theatrics in order to get attention.

National Entertainment Journalism Award Winners Announced

The winners of the LA Press club’s 2nd annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards were announced at a reception Thursday night. A number of local journalists took home awards, including Patrick Goldstein of the LA Times for Best Feature in the online category, and George Pennacchio of KABC-TV for Best News Story in the television category. Ella Taylor of the LA Weekly won Best Critic in the print category for the second year in a row. The ceremony also honored Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Joe Morgenstern for his career achievements.

Surprisingly, there were no awards for Nikki Finke, who cleaned up at the ceremony last year. But maybe she took pity on the competition this time and kept herself out of the running.

A full list of the winners after the jump-

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Variety’s Brian Lowry Wants to Know if Patrick Goldstein Watched the Oscars in Its Entirety This Year


The producers of the Oscars took a LAT scribe out to lunch? We wonder who paid?

Bill Condon and Laurence Mark will be closely scrutinized for this Sunday’s Oscar telecast, but the producers have already exhibited one bit of questionable judgment: Wasting time before the awards having lunch with the Los Angeles Times’ resident pompous blowhard, Patrick Goldstein.

Goldstein sounded his latest “Oh no, the Oscar telecast might stink” alarms in his most recent column, while casually mentioning that Condon and Mark had lunch with him the other day.

Really? Like, they didn’t have better things to do?

Remember, this is the same guy that couldn’t even be bothered to actually sit through the 2008 awards.

Heh. Nice work if you can get it.

Read Lowry’s whole column here.

Patrick Goldstein Pans Oscars, Fans React Sensibly…Just Kidding

OTR2.jpgLAT’s Patrick Goldstein is a critic/blogger. He’s supposed to give his expert opinion about stuff. That’s what he’s paid to do. And so he did. He didn’t like last night’s Oscars:

From Jackman’s strangely self-conscious low-rent opening musical number to Ben Stiller‘s very inside-the-Beltway spoof of Joaquin Phoenix‘s recent appearance on David Letterman‘s late-night show, the awards had a tone problem–they tried to be something for everyone, coming off like a movie script that had its edginess and guts airbrushed out by too many studio notes. It was hard to find any focused narrative for the awards, which were busy veering wildly from making fun of serious movies (mocking “The Reader,” for example) to being entirely too reverential about the past, treating a banal montage of supporting actress “thank you” speeches as if they were lost outtakes from “Citizen Kane.”

Which has lead to a bunch of comments panning his panning.

Did he get it wrong? Does it matter? Is there such a thing as ‘wrong’ criticism of pop culture events? Do comments at major newspapers make being a critic suck? Shouldn’t being an object of internet flames pay better?

Go on discuss…

Journos And Marketers Tee Off On Hollywood Re: Oscars

alexbenblock.jpgThe same day Golden Globe nominations were announced, a panel of journos and Oscar-experienced marketers held a small crowd in rapt attention last night for the L.A. Press Club, telling horror stories out of school about the sleazy tricks committed over the last decade in the name of getting the prized statue.

Not the Globes, but definitely their kissing cousin, the Oscars.

The topic was Oscar marketing and how reporters covered it, studios manipulated it and the great unwashed out there lived through it, year after year.

Show business historian and Editor-at-Large of The Hollywood Reporter Alex Ben Block (see, at left) moderated the panel, which included at Ben Block’s request, Patrick Goldstein, film writer for the Los Angeles Times and author of the column and blog, “The Big Picture;” John Horn, entertainment reporter for the Los Angeles Times; Mark Pogachefsky, Co-founder and co-president of mPRm Public Relations; and Dennis Rice, a veteran marketing guru and publicity expert who has held high-level posts at Miramax, October, Walt Disney and United Artists Pictures.

Mordant bunch of battle-scarred vets…at least when it comes to the Oscars.

More below.

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