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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.

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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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Academy Rejigs Best Picture Rules

Some are welcoming this week’s move by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a sign of flexibility, progressiveness. Others, like FishbowlLA, are yawning as if it were hour three of the annual Oscars telecast.

After a careful analysis of the first place votes received in recent years by nominated Best Pictures, the Academy has decided that rather than hold to a fixed number of five or ten category nominees, it will allow its members to determine the exact 2011 tally. Per the press release:

“With the help of PricewaterhouseCoopers, we’ve been looking not just at what happened over the past two years, but at what would have happened if we had been selecting 10 nominees for the past 10 years,” explained Academy president Tom Sherak (pictured).

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Media Events 5.24.07

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THURSDAY 05.24.07
WHAT: Star Wars Celebration
WHO: An enormous squadron of nerds
WHEN: All weekend
WHERE: L.A. Convention Center
WHY: Because 30 years later the Force is still with us, Darth Vader is still a bad-ass and Carrie Fisher is still a good-lookin’ broad.

FRIDAY 05.25.07
WHAT: Hollywood Walk of Fame event
WHO: Veteran sportscaster Stu Nahan
WHEN: 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Right here
WHY: Because Tom Sherak, Pat Sajak and Luc Robitaille are going to be there, too.

SATURDAY 05.26.07
WHAT: Topanga Days Country Fair and Music Festival
WHO: Chevy Metal, Veruca Salt, Young Dubliners, etc.
WHEN: The three-day event kicks off at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Just follow the VW bus
WHY: It’s on your way to the beach, so you might as well stop by.

SUNDAY 05.27.07
WHAT: Tongue & Groove reading and music
WHO: Janet Fitch and Jimmy Camp
WHEN: 6:00-7:30 pm
WHERE: The Hotel Cafe
WHY: Preserve that rock-star pallor by staying indoors and then go out.

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