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DP/30: This is 40, actor Leslie Mann

4 Responses to “DP/30: This is 40, actor Leslie Mann”

  1. YancySkancy says:

    Is her hot minute of Oscar buzz totally gone? None of the Gurus are touting her, and I assume most of them have seen the film by now.

  2. David Poland says:

    The problem, Yancy, is that the race got very tight when ZD30 got shown. All of a sudden, you have two very strong French performances fighting for their lives, plus the 7-year-old girl, all against seeming locks of J-Law, J-Chas and strong repeat contenders in Naomi Watts, Keira Knightley, and NYFCC’s pick, Rachel Weisz.

    10 actresses, all of whom have a lot of support, is very rare. And Leslie, who is great in the film, is in a comedy… and hasn’t been nominated before.

    Leslie will likely get a Globes nod and lose to Jennifer Lawrence.

    Globes may also put aside Cotillard or Reva because they are in foreign language.

    Actress is usually one of those “sure… why not?” categories. Not this year. Not at all. Tougher than the guys this year.

  3. Lex says:

    What about Elle in Ginger and Rosa?

  4. YancySkancy says:

    I suspected as much,David. Same kinda situation that kept Kristin Wiig out of the running last year, I guess.

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“To be a critic is to be a workaholic. Workaholism is socially conditioned: viewed favourably by exploiters, it’s generally ruinous to a worker’s mental health. When T.S. Eliot said criticism was as inevitable as breathing, he failed to mention that, respiratory problems notwithstanding, breathing is easy. Criticism is reflexive before reflective: to formalise/industrialise an involuntary instinct requires time, effort and discipline. The reason we seek remuneration, as opposed to the self-hatred of being a scab, is because all labour should be waged…

“Criticism, so the cliché by now goes, is dying. None of the panel discussions on its death agony, however—including those in which I’ve formally participated—come at it from the wider perspective that the problem surely needs. They defend the ways in which criticism functions in relation to the industry and to the public, but they fail to contextualise these relationships as defined by ultimately rotten and self-harming imperatives.

“Criticism was a noble profession so long as only a few could practice it for money; when the field expands, as it has with a so-called ‘democratisation’ of our practice, those few lose their political power. Competition grows and markets are undercut: publications are naturally going to start paying less. Precarity is both cause and effect of a surplus workforce: the reason you’re only as good as your last article is because there are plenty of other folks who can write the next one in your place. The daily grind is: pitch, or perish.

B”ut criticism, so a counter-cliché goes, is not dying. An irony: this is an elite sport that is no longer elite in terms of who is able to practice it, but in economic terms it’s clutching to a perverse and outmoded hierarchical structure. It’s more meritocratic than ever, now: which is to say it isn’t meritocratic at all. That’s a paradox in bad need of a resolution…”

~ Michael Pattison Manifestoes Film Criticism

“It’s easy to forget when you’re reading a critic every single week or multiple times a week, that most of us who do this job, and have been doing it for a long time, understand that this is basically a parasitic profession. I don’t mean in the sense that we’re evil bloodsucking creatures, but we couldn’t exist if we didn’t have something to analyze. And I’m always conscious of that. So whether I like or don’t like a particular thing you do, my point of view is always that of an appreciator. I just like to be in the world that you create.”
~ Matt Zoller Seitz To Sam Esmail

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