Reluctant Habits

Why The Onion Must Be Held Accountable for Its Vile Tweet

Posted by in Academy Awards, Misogyny, The Onion, tobias-scott, Twitter, vanderwerff-todd, Wallis-Quvenzhane

On Sunday night, The Onion broke the rules of edgy comedy. Why then isn’t the magazine coming to terms with its mistake?

The Devil and Miss Cody

Posted by in Academy Awards, Diablo Cody, Film, Movies

Diablo Cody’s win over Tamara Jenkins for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar is perhaps the most egregious Oscar victory since Oliver! beat out 2001 for Best Picture in 1968. If this were a just universe, the appropriate executives would have taken Cody out behind the shed shortly after reading Juno and shot her down like an old dog. Instead, the Academy awarded Cody the Oscar for relying upon cultural references over emotional conviction, for using characters who are ironically detached rather than prepared to face the visceral realities of responsibility,…read more

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The party’s over

Posted by in Academy Awards, Breasts

But what a party it was, Ed. After a blow-out like that, I’m sure everyone’s ready for a laid back weekend. I know I am. Why not read a book? This one is pretty good. This gentleman thought so. And so did this fellow. A bunch of others did I too, but let’s not get redundant. Hey! I just jumped over to that Amazon page! You’d better hurry up and order! There’s only one left in stock! Oh … wait a minute … there’s more on the way. Everyone can…read more

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My Attentions Are Elsewhere

Posted by in Academy Awards

Okay, folks, I’m busy with the Oscar blog this weekend, which even before the ceremony has filled up with some fine posts. We have somewhere around 35 people on tap, including many of the fine folks on the right, Jennifer Weiner, Kelly Link, Jeff VanderMeer, Elizabeth Crane, and countless others. Plus, predictions from David Kipen, Aimee Bender, and some thoughts from Jonathan Ames. Even Robert Birnbaum is blogging.

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Live Oscar Blog

Posted by in Academy Awards

The Oscar blog is now up, with a list of instigators that will likely expand in the next 48 hours. If you don’t have a television set, be sure to check out the commentary. And do feel free to weigh in via the comments, come Sunday night.

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Three Items

Posted by in Academy Awards, Dubya, Obits

1. RIP, Coretta Scott King. 2. Most. Predictable. Nomination List. Ever. (More importantly, the Razzies have been announced. Go Uwe Boll!) 3. If you miss tonight’s 2006 State of the Union address, have no fear. It’s exactly identical, word for word, to the 2002 State of the Union. Read the 2002 address and you’ll hear all you need to know about the State of the Union.

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The Oscar Pool

Posted by in Academy Awards, Awards, Film

If you want to get into dichotimies, I suspect that there are computer mechanics and car mechanics. There are people who understand and appreciate comics and there are people who don’t. And when it comes to yearly televised fluff (that is, if we have to choose one), there are Oscar people and there are Super Bowl people. (And if you haven’t guessed already, I’m one of the former.) Some folks in the know say that Chris Rock’s career is on the line. And they may be right. David Letterman was…read more

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And the Angst Goes to…

Posted by in Academy Awards

While Gil Cates is a terrible director (prima facie: Oh God, Book II) and a spotty producer of televised awards ceremonies, and while we wish to make it clear in almost every way that we are not, by and large, Gil Cates fans, we must applaud his efforts to cater to the basest audience impulses by publicly shaming Oscar nominees. Apparently, Cates’ plans involve having some of the nominees schlep on stage, whereby the winners will step forward while the runner-ups will be forced to stand in darkness. Walter Murch…read more

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And the Nominees Are…

Posted by in Academy Awards, Awards, Film

The nominees have been announced. 1. Spellbound was ignored in the Best Documentary category. 2. Granted, he was fun. But Johnny Depp for Pirates of the Caribbean? 3. The Triplets of Belleville doesn’t stand a chance against Finding Nemo. 4. City of God was a surprise. It’s up for cinematography, directing, film editing and writing. It’s also a Miramax film. So it was probably pushed like gangbusters. 5. A surprise Pollock win a few years ago and now a Mystic River nomination. The Academy really loves Marcia Gay Harden, don’t…read more

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