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48 Weeks To Oscar: Academy In Crisis(?)

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The grass always seems greener on the other side. But it is not always the case. In the case of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, it is a sad story of insecurity, fear, oversized yet easily bruised ego, and a lack of perspective on itself.

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51 Weeks To Oscar

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The Academy is acting like a supermodel who is deeply worried that her boyfriend is going to leave because she has a zit. And the answer is, men do leave supermodels. And that insecurity haunts the most beautiful and the most plain. But when you are going out there for the show, if people start noticing you are insecure, your career is over. When you are in public, you need to be all in, turned on, rocking the world because you “know” you have what everyone else wants.

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20 Weeks To Oscar… 3 Days Left

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Gurus o’ Gold: The Final Vote – Every Category (1 of 2)

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20 Weeks To Oscar: One Week Left

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Gurus o’ Gold: 6 Days Of Voting Left

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20 Weeks To Oscar: What We Talk About When We Talk About Best Picture

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Gurus o’ Gold: Final Voting Starts This Week (2 of 2)

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Gurus o’ Gold: Final Voting Starts This Week (1 of 2)

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Is The Door Wide Open Again?

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20 Weeks To Oscar: It’s Gettin’ Hot In Here

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Gurus o’ Gold: A Week After Nominations… Any Changes?

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Ragin’

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Gurus o’ Gold: Nomination Day (1 of 2)

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

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20 Weeks To Oscar: The Most Shocking Event Of The Week!!!!

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Oscar Nominations: The Nominee Reactions

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Screenermania!

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20 Weeks To Oscar: The Trouble With Endings (spoilers)

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“Women’s power is too potent to waste on selfies… Truly dangerous women aren’t looking for dates or husbands, and they do not travel in packs. They rarely have many female friends. Their register is either universal, or intensely personal. They play mind games and make promises. Whether they deliver or not remains a secret, and secrets are essential to seduction. The Web has eroded every notion of privacy and stolen the real power of women: the threat of mystery itself.  “I can see you’re trouble” was once the biggest compliment a man could pay a woman. There was going to be a dark spiral into the whirlpool of sex; there were going to be tears on both sides, secrets and regrets, scandal. Today, everyone is trouble.”
~ Joan Juliet Buck in “W”

“You have to watch the end of the show to see how I feel—I mean, kids are a wonderment. I am quite fond of most of the young people in ‘The Slap,’ actually; it’s the grown-ups who have so much to learn. But to think of ‘The Slap’ as being a critique of contemporary parenting would be to miss the point. Like saying Birdman is about a life in the theater, instead of about a vast pool of narcissism that, again, denudes all grace until all you have is blistered (male) rage and bruised egos. I can’t speak to helicopter parents, but I sure do know a lot about not waking up every day and counting your goddamn blessings, and how fucking toxic that is. And that’s what I see all around me, a kind of spiritual autism, a narcissism of small things, and that’s ‘The Slap.’ Argh. But I like to think that it’s not immutable, that there are still synaptic charges toward doing the right thing, that we are capable of recognition—and being better. I think it’s about what happens when kindness is obliterated by desire.”
~ Jon Robin Baitz

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