The Corner

A Few More Oscar Thoughts

The L.A. Times breaks down how Crash beat the buzz: with a Rovian promotional campaign that specifically targeted actors, who make up 22 percent of the Academy ranks, by far the biggest segment demographically. (And if you have spent much time in the company of actors, you might start to understand a lot of what makes Oscar tick–for instance, the love of challenging roles like the mentally or physically handicapped.) Most people don’t realize the amount of awards marketing that goes on in L.A. It’s not just ads in the trades–it’s giveaway “screener” DVDs, scripts, and so forth. Sadly the big push for Cinderella Man didn’t translate into awards like it did for Crash. Best line from the article: “Like a cinematic John Edwards, Brokeback peaked too early and its Oscar buzz dissipated.” Interesting comparison, I thought with a wry smile and an arched eyebrow.

Cathy Seipp applauds Matt Dillon and I can testify that he is indeed a good guy. How do I know? Same personal trainer, baby. And they know everything.

I have to think that Tom Hanks was doing a bit with Jon Stewart and the orchestra and not actually losing his temper. He may have been actually swearing as part of the bit, but Hanks is a consummate pro and in my opinion the chance that he would completely lose it like that onstage is slim.

And finally, the ratings for the telecast were down but not as bad as was feared initially when the nominees were announced. Pure and simple, the Oscar telecast is driven by star power, and this was not a year for the heavens.

Warren BellWarren Bell was nominated June 20, 2006, by President George W. Bush to be a member of the Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the remainder of a ...

Most Popular

In Praise of Trade School

About a decade ago, I participated in a discussion hosted by the chamber of commerce in a university town about state policies regarding higher education. I’ll never forget the first comment I got from one of the attendees. “The problem with your presentation,” she said, “is that it didn’t focus ... Read More

In Praise of Trade School

About a decade ago, I participated in a discussion hosted by the chamber of commerce in a university town about state policies regarding higher education. I’ll never forget the first comment I got from one of the attendees. “The problem with your presentation,” she said, “is that it didn’t focus ... Read More

The Last Days of Robin Williams

After Robin Williams hanged himself in 2014, the media speculated that financial troubles or depression related to drug or alcohol use might have been the cause. Without discussing those topics, Williams’s widow, Susan Schneider Williams, is eager to set the record straight and does so in Robin’s Wish, a ... Read More

The Last Days of Robin Williams

After Robin Williams hanged himself in 2014, the media speculated that financial troubles or depression related to drug or alcohol use might have been the cause. Without discussing those topics, Williams’s widow, Susan Schneider Williams, is eager to set the record straight and does so in Robin’s Wish, a ... Read More
Media

How American Journalism Died

In 2017, the liberal Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University found that 93 percent of CNN’s coverage of the Trump administration was negative. The center found similarly negative Trump coverage at other major news outlets. The election year 2020 has only accelerated ... Read More
Media

How American Journalism Died

In 2017, the liberal Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University found that 93 percent of CNN’s coverage of the Trump administration was negative. The center found similarly negative Trump coverage at other major news outlets. The election year 2020 has only accelerated ... Read More
World

Why Trump’s Mideast Peace Deals Matter

After Israel’s resounding victory over the Egyptian, Jordanian, and Syrian armies in 1967, the Jewish state again offered the Arab world peace in exchange for recognition. And it was again rebuffed. Instead, the Arab League convened in Khartoum to formulate a consensus response that became known as “The 3 ... Read More
World

Why Trump’s Mideast Peace Deals Matter

After Israel’s resounding victory over the Egyptian, Jordanian, and Syrian armies in 1967, the Jewish state again offered the Arab world peace in exchange for recognition. And it was again rebuffed. Instead, the Arab League convened in Khartoum to formulate a consensus response that became known as “The 3 ... Read More
National Security & Defense

Jared Kushner Was Right

Over the past several years, a new certainty was added to death and taxes: Jared Kushner would fail in his role as the administration’s Middle East point man. It caused considerable merriment among President Donald Trump’s critics (and even some of his well-wishers) when he put his son-in-law in charge of ... Read More
National Security & Defense

Jared Kushner Was Right

Over the past several years, a new certainty was added to death and taxes: Jared Kushner would fail in his role as the administration’s Middle East point man. It caused considerable merriment among President Donald Trump’s critics (and even some of his well-wishers) when he put his son-in-law in charge of ... Read More