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48 Weeks To Oscar: Reviewing The 2014 Oscar Show

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The best thing I can say about this year’s Oscar show is that there isn’t a whole lot to say. Ellen was good. Someone on Twitter found exactly the right note… it was like a sleepover. The only real downside is that only about a dozen people in the room were really included. Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt were at the center of it all. Kevin Spacey was the camera hog who found a way into every picture. Lupita Nyong’o's brother was the kid from another school who found a way to fit in. Ellen didn’t dance. Smart.

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20W2O: Rebooting The Independent Spirit Awards

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There was nothing really wrong with the show yesterday. But with due respect to some lovely moments with some lovely talent, to call the show “vanilla” would be an insult to vanilla. Really, the show jumped the shark over three years, 2008 – 2010…

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20 Weeks To Oscar: 3 Days To Go

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Gurus o’ Gold: Time To Open Envelopes

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Gurus o’ Gold: Top 3

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20W2O: 12 Days To Go – Season of Pudding

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Gurus o’ Gold: If We Could Sway The Academy

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Gurus o’ Gold: Frontrunners & Potential Upsetters

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20W2O: What The Oscars Should Learn From This Super Bowl

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20W2O: 10 Best Picture Nominees – Part 2, Call & Response

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20W2O: 10 Best Picture Nominees – Part 1, Why It’s Good

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Gurus o’ Gold: A Week Since Nominations (2 of 2)

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Gurus o’ Gold: A Week Since Nominations (1 of 2)

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PGA Awards Tied Up Over Gravity And 12 Years A Slave

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Gurus o’ Gold: Nomination Day (Page 2 of 2)

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Nominations Morning

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Complete List Of 86th Academy Award Nominations

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Gurus o’ Gold: Last Stand Before Nominations

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20W2O: The Morning After Pillory

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20W2O: “Hey, Mister… I Got Something Shiny For Ya.”

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“I wanted to make you love a murderer. There’s no way of redeeming him. He’s a drunk and a killer. He killed at least seven people (that we know of). But there were reasons he was a bad guy. He was surrounded by evil in those days. A lot of people were killed building modern Florida—modern everywhere. Watson had plenty of opportunities to see how rough those guys were playing and he thought he could do it too. At least he rationalized it that way. He had the devil beaten out of him and became a very dangerous guy. And he couldn’t handle his liquor, which is one of the worst aspects of him. And he went crazy. Understanding how that happened is useful, I think. There’s no reason any one of us couldn’t be Edgar Watson.”
~ Peter Mathiessen On Writing “Killing Mister Watson”

 

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