January 31, 2006
— Ace Worth every penny they're paying him.
Jared Jarecki's "Why We Fight," a stupid burble of military-industrial-complex conspiracy-theorizing, isn't eligible for an Oscar for Best Documentary because it failed to follow the Academy's often-changing rules for a theatrical presentation. (Usually they require that a "movie" actually be exhibited in theaters before television, which seems to make sense.)
Clauses in the rules providing a limited exception to this rule were changed before "Why We Fight" premiered on (shocker!) British television, and Jarecki and his producers didn't notice the changes. (Supposedly.) So this dope suggests-- it's all Bush's fault!
Hollywood: Does BushCo Have Its Hand On Oscar?
by Jerry Politex
It's just a question, but it's a question worth asking, since we saw the excellent documentary "Why We Fight" and read "The Oscar Nominees Aren't..." in the NYT yesterday, explaining why Hollywood rules keep it from being considered for an Oscar. It appears that what's happening in Hollywood is that the Academy keeps changing its rules to keep out documentary films that, in one way or another, oppose the policies of the Bush administration.
At best, one could believe that the Oscar rulemakers are simply incompetent, or perhaps even biased toward certain kinds of documentary content, as Anderson implies elsewhere in his article, but in the same piece we learn that "at one point the academy's board of governors wanted to eliminate the short-documentary category altogether and banish documentary features to the science and technical awards, which are presented in a separate ceremony." Hollywood would look pretty silly doing so, given how closely the documentary film is woven into the fabric of film history and aesthetics, but this would not be the first time that Hollywood caved in to Washington. The bottom line is the Academy was put on the spot, politically, when Michael Moore won an Oscar for "Farenheit 9/11," and was cut off during his short but political acceptance speech amidst both cheers and boos, and what we're seeing now are attempts to prevent such an event from happening again. Given what we have learned over the years about Bush news management and propaganda, a White House hand in Hollywood is hardly out of the question.
It should be noted that Jarecki's film debuted theatrically on January 20, 2006, making me, at least, not terribly surprised he's not eligible for a 2005 Oscar.
Thanks to HD.
The nominations are crammed, elbow deep, with lefty propaganda. Of course, Sheepherder-the movie, is nominated 8 times. Gay is the way, after all. But what about all this lefty dreaming like Syriana or lefty historizing like Good Night. Oh, there are also odes to Unions. And there are even lefty appeals on how we should not fight the terrorist, like Munch. Do these films really have anything going for them except for attempting to frame a political discussion?
So, anyone see any good movies recently? I hear that there was a 3 hour movie about a monkey.
Posted by: joeindc44 at January 31, 2006 06:38 AM (8TcCs)
Posted by: John from WuzzaDem at January 31, 2006 06:55 AM (Pt3Le)
Everyone I've ever known who was working on a documentary of any sort planned on running the film at least once, in some sort of theater, for just this reason. There's always some dinky little art house somewhere that's happy to run a "world premiere" for an aspiring filmmaker.
Missing the "gotta show it in a real movie theater before TV" rule puts the filmmakers into the "too dumb to succeed" category.
Posted by: cirby at January 31, 2006 06:55 AM (YKfHF)
Posted by: roc ingersol at January 31, 2006 06:59 AM (m2CN7)
Did Karl Rove command him not to read the rules of theatrical exhibition regarding documentaries? Apparently so.
Posted by: ace at January 31, 2006 07:06 AM (UxtY9)
Am I wrong?
Posted by: Anachronda at January 31, 2006 07:08 AM (/c74s)
How many theaters? They must have a number, otherwise, you could rent a theater, charge your friends admission, then sell the film to television.
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they are all rigged
would MICHEAL MOORE receive a award
for his phonie documenntry
would they ignore THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
while lavishing everything on crap like MILLION DOLLAR BABY and SIDEWAYS
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