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The Prize Is Right
According to your anonymous Academy member (”Who Will Win?”), the Oscars should be renamed ”the Academy Indie Film Festival because the nominees are like a list of film-festival award winners.” I don’t remember anyone ever saying a decade ago that the Oscars should be renamed ”the Academy Studio Film Festival” after many Oscar-worthy independent films were ignored. This member also mentioned the shutting out of The 40 Year-Old Virgin. Really? Did this movie go Touch of Evil on me and I did not notice? In my humble opinion, all films nominated this year are worthy of a Best Picture award. Maybe the Academy is finally recognizing true talent in the industry.
What a pleasant shock to see both Lisa Schwarzbaum and Owen Gleiberman pick Steven Spielberg for Best Director. While he was not my pick to win, I do believe that they are two of the few to recognize the mastery Spielberg put into his film. And he went from start to finish in just a few months. It looks like he had years to fine-tune everything. Spielberg was nominated because he showed grace under fire.
Ken Tucker’s article was perhaps one of the most fascinating essays on a comedian, actor, or celebrity I’ve ever read (”Uneasy Rider”). It was erudite, lucid, and it read as if Mr. Tucker had been able to hop into the mind of Dave Chappelle and then was forced out just as quickly. Chappelle’s genius and anguish are brought to light by the story, and the reviews of Block Party had me sprinting to see if there were advance ticket sales. Mr. Tucker’s conclusions seem spot-on — Chappelle’s legacy is intact with his gifted comedic timing, charm, and bravado.
Taking the Cupcake
Initially, I skipped ”Cupcake Brown Wants a Piece of James Frey” when I picked up my copy of EW because frankly, I’m sick to death of this tired Oprah-versus-the-latest-poster-child-for-the-ethically-challenged issue. However, once I started reading it, I soon realized that this was actually a fascinating glimpse into one feisty survivor’s struggles and victories. Cupcake Brown is blunt, painfully honest, and not really asking anyone for anything…just begging not to be lumped into the whole Frey scene. I was blown away, and I definitely plan to grab A Piece of Cake for myself.
I enjoyed your take on a unified Lost theory (News & Notes), but have you considered the possibility that everything that happened in the show’s flashbacks, leading up to the moment Matthew Fox’s Jack opens his eyes in the first shot of the pilot, never happened? That these ”survivors” were implanted with these ”memories” by someone (Dharma?) and placed on this island, surrounded by evidence suggesting to them that they survived a plane crash? This theory could explain all the otherwise impossible coincidences and would feed into the show’s clever writers’ fantasies of having ”created” these characters.
Upper Montclair, N.J.
I wanted to thank Mr. King for his tremendously kind and insightful column on my band (”Mistakes Were Made”). And many thanks to you folks as well for allowing the forum and helping people understand a bit about the struggle all artists face at one time or another. This one bit of recognition means a lot and may help make a difference for us.
SCOTT LINK (a.k.a. diesel doug)