By David Poland firstname.lastname@example.org
Good News & Bad News About Oscar Show Leaks
The Good News is that Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer are not negotiating with Crazy Nikki to keep her from leaking her “scooped” show schedule that some asshole handed to her. (Asshole!!! Whoever you are.) Hopefully, this is because they are adults and not just because they don’t have any scoop that Nikki would trade for.
The Bad News is that Nikki’s utter lack of journalistic honor, interest in serving her readers’ needs, disinterest in anything but desperately clawing for status, and the lack of said gossip-tit-for-gossip-tat negotiation for her silence has led her back to the place she was a few years ago… trying to spoil the show for everyone else while claiming to not care while live blogging like a bitchy teen who never got asked to the prom.
Nikki is the jackass in the movie theater who keeps loudly telling her friend what’s about to happen in the movie. No one could be that much of an idiot while conscious of themselves. But when you politely ask them to stop ruing the movie, they snarl at you like you were imposing on their moral rights.
She is the scumbag who picks fights in bars and when someone takes them up on it, scolds them for even thinking of hitting someone with glasses.
And every woman in this town who has worked hard and fought for what they have should be especially enraged by Nikki, as she loves to hide behind being female as a reason why no one should ever question her. Sexism is her go-to screed. And it’s utter nonsense. She is an outright embarrassment to women who add something to the industry. She should never have attacked Jeff Robinov for sexism, but given that she did, everyonhe should take note that all that it took for him to shut her up and make her his biggest fan in journalism was bringing her into the tent… not more women execs or films about, starring, or made by women. She’d sell anyone out for a moment that made her feel important, if only for an hour.
And one more Academy note. Since he took the job as President of The Academy, it’s been an open secret that Tom Sherak has made the choice that The Academy would manage Nikki by feeding Nikki. After this, if he continues to feed her any information, he should be fired from the job.
I’m not kidding. I’m not being hyperbolic. What other damage could she do that she hasn’t done? She’s dropped the a-bomb of gossip. And the show’s ratings won’t change a bit. So why ever indulge her again? She has no more ammo.
It’s time for people in this town to grow some balls and to respond to Ms. FInke like the half-pint playground bully she is. One good pop to the rhetorical nose and she crumbles (or threatens to sue).
Really, it doesn’t even take a good pop… just the threat of a picture or words that are a fraction of what every journalist who had tried to cover her honestly has been told by dozens of people.
The only power Nikki Finke has or has ever had is the weakness of those who indulge her.
I know. You all (and you know who you are) think you are getting the best of her. You love using her to carry your water and think it’s taken more seriously because she sells the image of someone who has power and isn’t just a cheap bagman for the boys downtown (the ones who stroke her unquenchably needy ego).
But this is the worst kind of cynicism.
And here’s the harder part. You have to tell the people who you really do like… Mike and Pete and Nellie… that you aren’t going to play reindeer games at this cost anymore.
I wish I could say that this column will be responded to by those who do feed the monster with serious consideration. But it’s unlikely. They already know. Like a movie that’s going to flop… they smile and they try to convince themselves… but they know what they are into. Nikki will have to implode completely or be so subsumed by the industry that there is no one left to believe in her mythology before she is done. People will pass the buck endlessly in this town when they think they are going to be the one left standing without a chair when the music stops.
Sometimes this is, indeed, a business that knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.