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By David Poland

22 Weeks To Oscar

The charts…
I am absolutely looking forward to the films at the top of the leader board. But the W.s and the Australias and the Seven Pounds and, of course, the Slumdog Millionaire, is where the fun seems to be this season. Winning

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8 Responses to “22 Weeks To Oscar”

  1. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    I like SLUMDOG quite a bit even though its inherently racist and is like an abject idiots version of SALAAM BOMBAY. However anyone who thinks this film has any major Oscar potential is certifiable. Better films are coming.. keep those TIFF warmers on the backbench for the real meat.

  2. Joe Leydon says:

    I want to walk out of the theater after seeing Ben Button and say,

  3. EthanG says:

    Oh god. Please tell me Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson don’t make cameos in Benjamin Button!?…kidding, kidding.
    I still can’t recall another recent instance of so few nominees before October. Last year, of the 40 major nominees, 8 were for films released in that span. This year, (The Visitor and Melissa Leo aside) the general consensus seems to be just 3…TDK, Ledger and Penelope Cruz. I sure as hell hope this trend doesn’t continue.

  4. Unison says:

    It’s weird that you left Vicky Cristina Barcelona off the contenders for Original Screenplay.

  5. Slumdog is adapted from the book “Q&A,” FYI.

  6. David Poland says:

    Actually, Joe… I know you think you are right about something… but what movie have you deluded yourself into believing I said about that?
    The inability of many people to mistake reporting for a personal interest is endlessly bizarre to me… and irritating, as I find myself listening to the lie for ever and ever and ever…
    As for the rest, the first charts are usually a shakedown cruise… corrections and “corrections” wil be forthcoming.

  7. LexG says:

    Well, except for THE ROAD and TWILIGHT and VALKYRIE.

  8. Ethan, without doing any research I’d say 2002. Apart from Diana Lane in Unfaithful and Paul Newman in Road to Perdition weren’t all the major contenders from December/November? I know all five BP nominees were – Gangs, Hours, Chicago, Two Towers and The Pianist.

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon