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Oscar 2004: Nominations – Spreading the Wealth

Park City, Utah – Having watched the announcements of the Oscar nominations on TV just minutes ago, this column is as current as it can be, or as the electronic media would allow. My commentary is filed from Park City, where many of us journalists are attending the Sundance Film Festival. One of the advantages…

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Oscar 2004: Honorary Oscar As Compensation

Quick: What do Chaplin, Garbo, Stanwyck, Cary Grant, Kirk Douglas, and Deborah Kerr have in common? They have all been nominated for multiple competitive Oscars but have never won a legitimate Academy Award. As compensation, the Academy has conferred on each of these — and many other artists — Honorary Oscars, which acknowledge their cumulative contribution…

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“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho

“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh