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David Poland

By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS
Actress – Film
Comment
Meryl Streep – Julie and Julia
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Helen Mirren – The Last Station
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious
Marion Cotillard – Nine
Emily Blunt – The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Shohreh Agdashloo – The Stoning of Soraya M
Abbie Cornish – Bright Star



BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Actress – Film
Comment
Mo’Nique – Precious
Penelope Cruz – Nine
Julianne Moore – A Single Man
Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air
Sigourney Weaver – Avatar
Susan Sarandon – The Lovely Bones
Amy Adams – Julie & Julia
Patricia Clarkson – Whatever Works
Kate Hudson – Nine

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“A lot of us felt blindsided,” Van Vliet told me. In the seventies, Van Vliet was drafted out of film school by Industrial Light & Magic, where he worked on The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now 62 and semi-retired, he said, “Once you get into your fifties, you’re pretty disposable.” Van Vliet was in the middle of reviewing DVD screeners before casting his Oscar votes, a process he estimated would take a hundred and twenty hours. “The Academy is essentially asking us to give them three weeks of labor, and then they’re going to take our results, put them into a ceremony, and sell it,” he said, referring to the seventy-five million dollars that the organization earns from the television broadcast. “Then they’re turning around and kicking us in the teeth.”
~ “Shakeup At The Oscars”

“Richard Schickel was a very perceptive critic and a wonderful writer and documentary filmmaker. As a person he was, to use a once popular term, ‘crusty,’ and he could be brutally funny. But it’s his deep and abiding love of movies that I’ll always remember about him. His early 70s PBS series ‘The Men Who Made the Movies,’ his 2004 restoration of Sam Fuller’s The Big Red One, his wonderful little book about ‘Double Indemnity,’ his biographies of Chaplin and Cary Grant… this is a man who gave his life to the thing he loved.”
~ Martin Scorsese