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Academy right thing

I know we all want to make fun of the Academy for folding, but maybe we can take the high road and thank them for doing the right thing? https://t.co/wm0P2loI1o — Jenelle Riley (@jenelleriley) February 15, 2019

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ASC

An Open Letter: We Applaud AMPAS Reversal — “It is with great pride and respect that we write this letter commending the action of the Academy to reverse its decision ….” Complete letter: https://t.co/1VQbYMkxkS pic.twitter.com/A1fEmTZkmg — AC Magazine (@AmericanCine) February 16, 2019

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Worst

awarding the wrong best picture winner wouldn’t even be that embarrassing at this point — hunter harris (@hunteryharris) February 15, 2019

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Hatchet Tree

Step 1: Bury the hatchet. Step 2: Water. Step 3: Harvest hatchets from your new hatchet tree. — Nick Arvin (@NickArvin) February 15, 2019 Awesome, I definitely didn’t JUST file 2700 words on this https://t.co/4sXj3Dod9W — Alissa Wilkinson (@alissamarie) February 15, 2019

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Monica Castillo

Blink twice if you need help https://t.co/Gl9cRibz1s — Monica Castillo (@mcastimovies) February 15, 2019

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If Academy Never Existed

what if you woke up in a world where no one knew that the Academy ever existed https://t.co/pYWxfoycoD — Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 15, 2019

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AJ Schnack

And scene. — AJ Schnack (@ajschnack) February 15, 2019

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Mark Harris

And even better news for everyone who is sick of my tweets on this subject. — Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) February 15, 2019

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Mike Fleming

“I’ve heard that in past [Oscar shows], they recorded the amount of collective time that it took between a winner being announced, and that recipient or recipients collecting the obligatory hugs and kisses, and then weaving the way to the stage. Over the course of an entire show, 26 minutes were wasted. Would it not…

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honoraries

cool now bring back the Honoraries https://t.co/gQ2qosvNFT — Jaime N. Christley (@j_christley) February 15, 2019

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Feinberg on Potential Academy Friday News Dump

You've heard of the Friday afternoon news dump? I expect the Academy's surrender to occur in the next few hours. — Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) February 15, 2019

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Jia Zhangke

“As a filmmaker, the most important thing is that I make the film I want to make without paying attention to what the other parts of the society, the government, or the market tell me can or can’t be made. At this point, I have to say that my focus is still very much in…

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MUBI cinematography

“I can’t think how anyone can become a director without learning the craft of cinematography.” — Nicolas Roeg Here are 15 of our favorite films that walked away with the Academy Awards for Best Cinematography during the Oscar telecast: https://t.co/jxWrC2oEAY pic.twitter.com/2LFSHNLW9z — MUBI (@mubi) February 15, 2019

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Books Barnes dumb on babe

Nobody puts Babe in the corner, @brooksbarnesNYT. — Carrie Rickey (@CarrieRickey) February 15, 2019 WHERE ARE THE KNOWING CULTURAL SUBEDITORS READY WITH RULER TO RAP KNUCKLES https://t.co/oJRjzs4kOs — Ray Pride (@RayPride) February 15, 2019

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Barkin

In my 39 yrs as a working actress i have watched the Oscars go from a prestigious yet entertaining awards show to a 4 hour commercial for hollywood’s ancillary industries. If you can’t get it right, get it gone. — Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) February 15, 2019

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Spiritis

We started building on the beach in Santa Monica yesterday. Sure, it was wet, but look at this sunset 😍😍😍 #SpiritAwards pic.twitter.com/DomoYmf6Ns — Film Independent (@filmindependent) February 15, 2019

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Times Writes Some More About Oscar And Harvey Weinstein

Times Writes Some More About Oscar And Harvey Weinstein

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Mike Leigh Remembers Albert Finney, The Man Who Made Him

“He was a unique, positive force and I owe him an enormous debt. Had he not backed Bleak Moments, our whole subsequent careers could well never have happened.” Mike Leigh Remembers Albert Finney, The Man Who Made Him

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Friedkin

If the Academy wants to shorten the telecast,They should start by cutting speeches by the Academy president, the head of the MPAA andPrice-Waterhouse. There should only be onePresenter per category. And they should be Preset.no lame repartee or jokes. — William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) February 14, 2019

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Movie City News

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The Atlantic: You saw that the Academy Awards recently held up your 2001 acceptance speech as the Platonic ideal of an Oscar speech. Did you have a reaction?

Soderbergh: Shock and dismay. When that popped up and people started texting me about it, I said, “Oh, it’s too bad I’m not there to tell the story of how that took place.” Well. I was not sober at the time. And I had nothing prepared because I knew I wasn’t going to win [Best Director for Traffic]. I figured Ridley, Ang or Daldry would win. So I was hitting the bar pretty hard, having a great night, feeling super-relaxed because I don’t have to get up there. So the combination of a 0.4 blood alcohol level and lack of preparation resulted in me, in my state of drunkenness crossed with adrenaline surge. I was coherent enough to know that [if I tried to thank everyone], that way lies destruction. So I went the other way. There were some people who appreciated that, and there were some people who really wanted to hear their names said, and I had to apologize to them.
~ Steven Soderbergh

 

“I have made few films in a way. I never made action films. I never made science fiction films. I never made, really, very complicated settings, because I had modest ambitions. I knew they would never trust me to have the budget to do something different, so my mind is more focused on things I know. So they were always mental adventures I wanted to approach and share. Working for cinema with no – not only no money, but also no ambition for money. I was happy and proud [to receive the honorary Oscar] because of that, that [the Academy] could understand what kind of work I have done over 60 years. I stayed faithful to the ideal of sharing emotion, impressions, and mostly because I have so much empathy for other people that I approach people who are not really spoken about. I have 65 years of work in my bag, and when I put the bag down, what comes out? It’s really the desire of finding links and relationships with different kinds of people. I never made a film about the bourgeoisie, about rich people. about nobility. My choices have been to show people that are, in a way, more common and see that each of them has something special and interesting, rare and beautiful. It’s my natural way of looking at people. I didn’t fight my instincts. And maybe that has been appreciated in the famous circle of Hollywood.“

Agnes Varda