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Rafer Guzman, Newsday critic and Takeaway contributor, and Jada Yuan, contributing editor for New York Magazine, NYMag.com, and Vulture.com, talk about independent films in the theaters, coming soon, and at Sundance.
I think that Rafer guy said he didn't go to Sundance. Why was he booked for this segment? He sounded foolish.
@Mike From Brooklyn: I would have happily talked about "Take Shelter," one of my favorite movies of the year, and Michael Shannon, who gave a titanic performance. I think the factors were twofold: One, the film's distributor, Sony Pictures Classics, dropped the ball. They had to pick a Oscars horse, and their horse was "Midnight in Paris," since it was a Best Picture and Best Director contender. Plus they had two very strong entries in Best Foreign Film: "Footnote," which got nominated, and "A Separation," which will surely win. Chances are they didn't want to lose out on nominations for those movies by pushing too hard on "Take Shelter," especially when there's a lot of share-the-wealth politics that goes into voting. (Which is why many people think "Extremely Loud" got a nomination just to appease Scott Rudin.)
The second factor is simply that too many big male movie stars had strong performances this year. When you have George Clooney and Brad Pitt taking up slots, along with Jean DuJardin from "The Artist," who was a sure-thing nomination, there are only two open positions left. Those went to great performances, too, but honestly I think Bichir and Oldman won out because their companies were smartest about sending out their screeners. Focus, which handled "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," has never failed to send me their entire slate of movies, and Summit, which handled "A Better Life," sent out that screener months before anyone else. If you send out screeners consistently and early, chances are higher the Academy members will actually watch them and vote for your actor.
A guest who hasn't seen the films. Quite a slap in the face to the indie filmmakers.
Where'd you find this guy? Why did he go to Sundance, for the buffet! Seems he didn't see many movies!
PLEASE, PLEASE ask your guests what they thought of Michael Shannon's performance in Take Shelter and their take on why he was ignored by the awards gatekeepers.
So your guest Rafer hasn't seen any of these movies?
Wow...that Madonna movie sounds awful.Wasn't he (Edward VIII) a Nazi sympathizer? is the movie going to cover that at all?
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