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20 Weeks To Oscar – Pre-Noms

Of course, the greatest power of the New Media has always been the power to inform Traditional Media. No one has to agree with me or anyone else writing about Oscar or anything else on the web. But if they enjoy MCN, they are feeding on content that has been processed editorially. I never think that there is a direct cause and effect. But whether you are a civilian, an Academy voter, or a journalist, you can only consume so much content. And as a gateway, MCN has the power to move a movie business story as effectively as all but a handful of Traditional Media outlets.
The problem with most discussions about the influence of web sites on awards season or anything else is that people take it personally. Los Angeles Magazine decided to create a story about the gossip around “Oscar bloggers” instead of seriously exploring the influence that we may or may not have. Typical in an era in which printing the news always seems to lose to printing the legend. (There are many other factual errors, which simply aren’t worth discussing.)

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14 Responses to “20 Weeks To Oscar – Pre-Noms”

  1. Wow. No Jack Nicholson, but yes to Mark Wahlberg? I hope you’re right! I’d much rather Marky Mark in there than Old Jack.
    It still saddens me that Best Actress this year has been so stagnent despite it being the strongest year for them in a long time.
    Here’s hoping for an Emily Blunt surprise ala Joan Cusack in Working Girl. Preferably instead of one of the Babel girls.
    Also hoping for a Paul Greengrass director spot. It’ll be annoying to see Clint Eastwood get a lone director spot. No matter how good the film is, it’ll just be annoying.

  2. Josh Massey says:

    Prepare to be annoyed, methinks.
    OK, there has to be one surprise, right? One nominee who isn’t listed anywhere on these charts? COUGHCuaronCOUGH?

  3. Aladdin Sane says:

    Now Cuaron would be a great longshot nominee…less of a longshot is Del Toro.

  4. David Poland says:

    Thanks for that visual, Marychan… they did manage to find the most obnoxious photo of me in existence… which pretty well speaks to the intent of the piece, no?

  5. Ian Sinclair says:

    David’s got a point. He looks like Robert Maxwell in that pic.

  6. martin says:

    If thats the quality of the actual pics in the mag, I wouldn’t be too worried. No ones gonna recognize you from that.

  7. Joe Leydon says:

    Actually, the visual put me in mind of some ’40s film noir in which a leg-breaker pays a call on a delinquent debtor…

  8. Lota says:

    For goodness sake. do you really get a Million visitors a week to MCN Dave?
    Don;t fret about the picture Dave. The triple chinned stoner look isn’t you so I’m sure none would recognize it as You.

  9. Ian Sinclair says:

    Actually David doesn’t get a million hits a week. That’s Jeff Wells and David hitting their Refresh buttons 500,000 times each looking for something to pick a fight about.

  10. Joe Leydon says:

    Go back and take another look at that illustration. Can’t you just imagine Dave saying: “OK, Jeffy. Time to come up with the vigorish.” Jeff replies: “But Dave, I don’t have it. I bet on ‘The Departed’ to win the DGA award and…” Dave: “You know, I’d really hate to break your thumbs, Jeffy, but…”

  11. Cuaron would make a worthy edition to the lone director archives.

  12. hcat says:

    After spending so much time reading all the predictions and having everything set in stone for so long, the only thing I can imagine that would truly shake up this race would be U93 grabbing a surprise nomination for picture and director. While it is not my personal favorite (Children of Men and Water hold the top slots though I still have a lot to see)it is a movie worthy of a nomination and would create an interesting dialogue of what an “must-see film” is.

  13. jeffmcm says:

    *David Poland’s head explodes*

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“Well, actually, of that whole group that I call the post-60s anti-authority auteurs, a lot of them came from television. Peckinpah’s the only one whose television work represents his feature work. I mean, like the only one. Mark Rydell can direct a really good episode of ‘Gunsmoke’ and Michael Ritchie can direct a really good episode of ‘The Big Valley,’ but they don’t necessarily look like The Candidate. But Peckinpah’s stuff, even the scripts he wrote that he didn’t even direct, have a Peckinpah feel – the way I think there’s a Corbucci West – suggest a Peckinpah West. That even in his random episodes that he wrote for ‘Gunsmoke’ – it’s right there.”
~ Quentin Tarantino

“The thought is interrupted by an odd interlude. We are speaking in the side room of Casita, a swish and fairly busy Italian bistro in Aoyama – a district of Tokyo usually so replete with celebrities that they spark minimal fuss. Kojima’s fame, however, exceeds normal limits and adoring staff have worked out who their guest is. He stops mid-sentence and points up towards the speakers, delighted. The soft jazz that had been playing discreetly across the restaurant’s dark, hardwood interior has suddenly been replaced with the theme music from some of Kojima’s hit games. Harry Gregson-Williams’ music is sublime in its context but ‘Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots’ is not, Kojima acknowledges, terribly restauranty. He pauses, adjusting a pair of large, blue-framed glasses of his own design, and returns to the way in which games have not only influenced films, but have also changed the way in which people watch them. “There are stories being told [in cinema] that my generation may find surprising but which the gamer generation doesn’t find weird at all,” he says.
~ Hideo Kojima