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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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“I never accepted the term contrarian. I think that’s offensive, frankly. And my response to that is: if I’m a contrarian, what are other reviewers? What I strive to do is be a good critic, not somebody who simply accepts the product put in front of me. I guess it scares people to think that they don’t have any originality; that they don’t have the capacity to think for themselves.

“There’s a line a lot of reviewers use that I don’t like at all. They say ‘accept the film on its own terms.’ What that really means is, ‘accept the film as it is advertised.’ That’s got nothing to do with criticism. Nothing to do with having a response as a film watcher. A thinking person has to analyze what’s on screen, not simply rubber-stamp it or kowtow to marketing.”m

“To me, everything does have a political component and I think it’s an interesting way to look at art. It’s one way that makes film reviewing, I think, a politically relevant form of journalism. We do live in a political world, and we bring our political sense to the movies with us – unless you’re the kind of person who goes to the movies and shuts off the outside world. I’m not that kind of person.”
~ Armond White to Luke Buckmaster

“One of comedy’s defining pathologies, alongside literal pathologies like narcissism and self-loathing, is its swaggering certainty that it is part of the political vanguard, while upholding one of the most rigidly patriarchal hierarchies of any art form.”
~ Lindy West