With just 25 days left to go until this year's Academy Awards (yikes! I'm still not used to the shortened season), The New York Times is having fun with Q & A, as film critic Manohla Dargis answers questions from readers on all things Oscar. Some exceptionally pithy highlights:
On the Million Dollar Baby "spoiler" controversy:
All I know is that it sure smells as noxious, and as engineered, as the smear campaign mounted against Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind in 2001 and 2002.
On Martin Scorsese's trophy count as "near-atrocity":
It's unfortunate that Martin Scorsese has never won an Academy Award for best director, though I like to save the word atrocity for, oh, you know, genocide in the Sudan. Anyway, it appears that Mr. Scorsese has a few strikes against him when it comes to the Academy. One, he has long been perceived as an industry outsider, which is kind of silly given that most of his movies have been financed and/or released by Hollywood studios and companies. Two, his films don't always make serious money, which is very important when it comes to best picture, in particular. Three — and not to shock you — the Academy makes a lot of stupid choices
Her "thoughts" on AMPAS' exclusion of Fahrenheit 9/11 and The Passion of the Christ:
I'm very, very happy that I don't have to think about them past the end of this sentence.
For more answers from Ms. Dargis, follow this link.