Readers respond to the Oscar nominations, J.D. Salinger, and Stephen King's column about Jay Leno
Land of No Nods
Your ”Never Nominated” feature made me think that the Academy should create a new category, Best Past Performance, for actors who never won an Oscar. Just think of this prospective race: Edward G. Robinson (Scarlet Street), Errol Flynn (The Adventures of Robin Hood), Maureen O’Hara (The Quiet Man), Kim Novak (Vertigo), and Fred MacMurray (Double Indemnity).
Thanks for acknowledging Christian Bale‘s incredible talent. His turn in Empire of the Sun showed that even as a child he could hold his own against veterans like John Malkovich.
I can’t see why the Academy has failed to appreciate Gary Oldman‘s work, from JFK to Sid & Nancy. It’s about time he got a nod.
Somers Point, N.J.
- Cannon on Fire
- What an informative article on Nick Cannon. Before, I thought he was just Mariah Carey‘s boy toy. Now I see he’s a titan in his own right.
- JEN WESTEMEIER
- Cedar Rapids, Iowa
How could you have overlooked Six Degrees of Separation in your J.D. Salinger retrospective? In the film, Will Smith described his thesis on Catcher in the Rye.
- TV and Sympathy
- Stephen King is able to make readers understand pain they’ve never felt. Take his Jay Leno column: I’ll never know what it’s like to be a mega-entertainer experiencing failure, but King’s words gave me insight.
- JIM WALTON
- San Jose, Calif.
Survivor Contestant and Jeff Probst Talk It Out
Guatemala was ranked at No. 16 (”Survivor: Best & Worst”)?! C’mon, Jeff! Maybe I’m biased (I came in 12th place that season), but I think we deserved a little more than ”Why not?” Must just be that all the really great players went out pre-jury that season. I think it’s time for a second-chance competition!
New York City
Survivor host Jeff Probst responds:
Brian, I’ll admit the ”Why not?” was simply a lippy comment that made me laugh. My apologies. Guatemala offered us lots of really great moments, and if I’d been allotted more than 52 words from EW, I would have shared some of them. As for a second-chance season, it’s unlikely.
MEA CULPA OF THE WEEK: ANIMAL EDITION
Pet Peeve No. 1 …comes from Cindy LaRue of Maywood, N.J.
Your What to Watch listing for the Westminster Dog Show is cute but wrong. The dog pictured is a komondor, not a puli.
Pet Peeve No. 2…comes from Paula Murphey of Arlington, Tex.
The ”stupid groundhog” you depict in The Bullseye is actually a prairie dog. Get yer rodentz straight!
Dear Cindy and Paula:
While we’ll never be mistaken for Dog (or Groundhog) Fancy, we really should have known better, given our unhealthy obsession with Best in Show and Groundhog Day. To make it up to you, we humbly present photos of 2010 Westminster herding champ Conrad the puli and longtime holiday icon Punxsutawney Phil. Enjoy!