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Deathbed State of Film Criticism Plays Key Role in Endless Awards Prognostication

BanehamOscarWe joked the other day that perhaps they should just move the Oscars to the first weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival. So as to kill two North American birds with one statuette and get the whole damn awards season thing over with, at a time when pundits are shuffling the deck at a most furious Twitter pace.

But then it hit us. While film criticism as a legitimate form of journalism has been flat-lining for years, the eleven-and-a-half-month annual rigamarole through which an increasing number of film journalists calibrate the chances of this actor and that studio for a BATFA, SAG, Golden Globe and Academy Award is a phenomenon that would meet with the hearty approval of a character played by Paul Bettany, Tom Hiddleston and others. It’s survival of the aisle-seat fittest.

If you filter the enterprising work of folks like Anne Thompson, David Poland, Jeffrey Wells, Sasha Stone, Roger Friedman and Anthony Breznican through the prism of changing-with-the-film-criticism-times, awards season journalism becomes suddenly a very different animal. It’s not just an attempt to keep the ad dollars rolling in. It’s also a clever and necessary way for film journalists to keep their opinions relevant.

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Oscar Bloggers Get Biblical Treatment from New York Magazine

GoldDerbyLogoThe marquee sit-down took place at Musso and Frank, one of the very few remaining vestiges on Hollywood Blvd. of Tinseltown’s Golden Age. However, despite writer Boris Kachka‘s description of Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone as the Oscar blogging realm’s respective Adam and Eve, the professional picture painted seems a far cry from the Garden of Eden. More like a den of inequity.

According to Kachka, for those who make up this “motley and contentious” bunch, “no film buzz is too preliminary or perfunctory.” The writer raises with Pete Hammond a conflict-of-interest that has become fairly entrenched and carries his cheeky Old Testament allegory to the next, illogical level:

If Stone and O’Neil were the Adam and Eve of Oscar blogging, frenemies David Poland and Jeffrey Wells were its Cain and Abel. (Which one was Cain depends on whom you ask.) Poland started Movie City News in 2002 and began broadcasting his jaundiced perspective…

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Robert Redford Silent Drama Makes Big Splash at Cannes

Robert Redford is 76; the Cannes Film Festival, 66. Over the course of these two cinematic lifetimes, the manner in which information flows out of a major film festival has dramatically changed. The once gentle print and TV ripple has been replaced by a social media and Web tidal wave.

Just hours after the debut on the French Riviera of Redford’s stranded-at-sea wordless drama All is Lost, Sundance hometown critic Sean P. Means is already suggesting that the film’s October 25 Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate release date is “one of the most anticipated moments of the Oscar season.” Echoing these sentiments are Roger Friedman and Sasha Stone. From Stone’s TheWrap review:

Redford is so good in this movie that if he didn’t already have such a long history of films behind him, this would launch his career late in life. Despite his 50-year history as an actor, he has been nominated for Best Actor just once, in 1974 for The Sting. Here’s hoping he sees a second, in 2014, at the age of 77.

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Hacker Takes Advantage of Embarrassing SAG Awards Website Flaw

What happens when a Hollywood guild carelessly uploads embargoed information about its annual awards derby ahead of the big December 12 reveal? In the case of the Screen Actors Guild and the 2012 SAG Awards nominations, the result was a Twitter-fueled party poop.

A forums poster on Sasha Stone’s website awardsdaily.com, where users regularly try to figure out ways to “hack” advance awards info, discovered that a title-actor search yesterday at sagawards.org instantly confirmed whether the entity was part of this year’s nominations group. Faster than you can say Django without the “D,” full, accurate lists of the nominees were being passed around the Internet. The only saving grace for SAG is that the small, voracious group of film awards handicappers treated the information with necessary caution because it was all just a little too easy and too good to be true.

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LA Journos Defend Latest Roman Polanski Doc

Should a documentary conversation between filmmaker Roman Polanski and one of his closest friends and associates have essentially skirted the topic of the 1977 sexual assault above Mulholland Drive? That’s one of the first questions being addressed by local reporters covering this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

At Hollywood Elsewhere, Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir reviewer Jeffrey Wells suggests that “Polanski pitch-forkers will dismiss” the movie. He and colleague Sasha Stone are themselves quick to dismiss in the comments user Abbey_Normal, who innocently asks and then follows up about the topic of whether or not the episode is covered:

Dude, I’m not a pitch-forker, I’m just curious how they addressed it. Did they not even mention it? Wouldn’t most people watching a documentary on Polanski expect them to say SOMETHING about an incident that has haunted him for decades, effectively exiled him from a number of countries, and left him reviled, fairly or not, by massive swaths of people?

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Oscar Watcher Predicts: Ben Stiller Will Host Next Show

We like Sasha Stone‘s way of thinking. In reaction to the latest wave of media speculation about Billy Crystal returning for a ninth turn as Oscar show host, the AwardsDaily.com maven instead has her money on another, younger, more logical star:

Somehow I doubt if they’re going to all the trouble to hire the presumed “young and hip” Brett Ratner to produce, it seems unlikely they will veer off that path and head into more traditional waters with Crystal.  More likely, Ben Stiller is the one they’ll get to host.  Stiller is starring in Ratner’s upcoming Tower Heist.  I have my money on Stiller hosting.

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Some Lucky LA Journos Gear Up for Cannes Film Festival

Although the Cannes Film Festival leaves a much bigger international than American footprint, it remains the most important such event on the annual calendar. Among the LA based critics hitting the Croisette for this year’s 64th edition are Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere.com), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily.com), and James Rocchi, a contributor to MSN and other outlets.

After flying to France on Monday, Rocchi filed a scene-setting piece that sources fellow reporters such as EW‘s Anthony Breznican, the Wall Street Journal‘s Anthony Kaufman, and MSN colleage Glenn Kenny. Says Kenny:

“Cannes is where you can trip over Sidney Poitier one minute and Harmony Korine the next. It’s where you can be outraged by one film at sunup and utterly transported by another film at sunset and then argue with someone who had the exact inverse experience of the same films.”

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Oscar Hind-Sight is 20/20

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The Academy Awards from the rear-view mirror:

The Fug Girls should replace Kimora.

Alessandra Stanley just about nails it, except for getting the Busey moment wrong.

Worst clip montages ever–in some cases, stills were used, probably because there’s no WGA payment involved.

Obit sequence–where was Brad Renfro? Charles Lane? (Roy Schneider missed the deadline, no pun intended.)

Brian Lowry seems to have watched an entirely different show than everyone else.

Nikki Finke live-blogged, and some of her readers are miffed.

Jay Fernandez recaps the Diablo Cody legend. Cody says she’s tired of the stripper references:

If I had the money, I would pay off people in the journalism world to not mention it again.

which is pretty much biting the pole that vaulted her here.

Chris Ayers counts the Brits.

Jon Stewart’s performance gets the FBNY look-over.

Ken Levine:

Tilda Swinton looked like Conan O’Brien

Julie Christie–what’s with the gloves? Formal wear for the food-service professional?

Lynda Obst’s writing is so on the mark, polished and smart. Her taste is impeccable. So why does she produce such crap?

The Art of George Hurrell

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As Sasha Stone reminds us, last day to submit Oscar ballots, so get your housekeeper cracking! You then can slip off to Santa Monica’s California Heritage Museum and drink in

Lights! Camera! Glamour! The Photography of George Hurrell

The show, curated by Louis F. D’Elia (seen with Hurrell’s boom) features the cream of Hurrell’s work, from his earliest shots through his contact years at MGM, and ending with nudes of Shannon Tweed and Joan Collins.

The catalogue’s introduction was written by Virginia Postrel, who’s writing a new book on glamour, a subject she owns.

Sundown on Sunset

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Evel Knievel dies at age 69.

Martin Scorsese’s newest film: La Clave Reserva

Just in time for the holidays! KOST fires Kim Amidon, after 22 years. via Franklin Ave.

Hollywood Bitchslap has an Oscar tote board up. Sasha Stone as well with better commentary but less useful visuals.

EW lists the 50 Smartest People in Hollywood, which is insane as well as inane. They can’t mean book smart, as Spielberg is notorious for never reading anything. They can’t mean career smarts, as Ben Stiller just made another stinker. So what do they mean?

Nikki Finke is now known as Sista Toldja.

Writers Balk in Talks or Talks Hit Pause Button. A little birdie told us that Variety writers are really tired of the emails accusing them of bias. Really, really tired.

Katie Holmes and a little dear and a little deer.

And Gawker has some openings.

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