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  • Scottferguson
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    This is one of the most misguided and wrong things I’ve ever heard publicly stated after a nomination loss. And it comes from someone who let it be known early on he didn’t want to do the usual things potential nominees do, which was a big handicap.

    Roadside Attractions managed to get a best actress and supporting actress nom for a tougher film (Albert Nobbs). They are partnered with Lionsgate, which has lots of money, but doesn’t waste it.

    I know people who worked very hard for him. This makes me think a lot less of him. The film got full backing from them, and opened weak and then never really blossomed. But they pushed it hard and got it to a gross above what its opening deserved.

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    drenja
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    He did nothing for that nomination and it seemed that he didnt care so why is he saying that now? I dont get him.

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    Scottferguson
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    Roadside is at his festival trying to acquire films. He just told filmmakers they suck and don’t sell to them. They don’t. He just didn’t get in and his limited audience film didn’t work that well.

    Roadside also had Mud which did very well. Too early this year for Oscar memories, but they are a good company. 

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    Pavel Romanov
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    Well, this is Redford’s reputation isn’t it? Someone who isn’t exactly great to work with. But his bigger problem clearly was that the film had limited appeal and miniscule box office. Plus, he has always given off the impression that he didn’t care about these kinds of things. I know many earlier new Hollywood actors at the beginning of their careers like Hoffman, DeNiro, Burstyn and Pacino all kind of scoffed at the Oscars only to come around and actively seek to win one, but Redford always seemed consistent in his distaste for them.

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    mckenzie
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    Lots of people were saying he seemed to be making no effort to campaign for it, and maybe voters felt they were doing him a favour by not putting him in because he didn’t want to be there. 

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    BenitoDelicias
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    What I got from it is that he’s saying that because of “them” it didn’t go mainstream and as result nobody saw it and the whole film didn’t get nominated (except for the sound nod). And if Roadside really didn’t put the effort, money or were scared as he says, he’s right. But I don’t think he’s actually 100% blaming them directly because his own name wasn’t called as a nominee. Which is what the title of the thread says and then your comments saying you think less of him.

    I do think he looks a little foolish, specially since he’s Robert Redford and he has his own indie festival. Did he really think a movie starring Robert Redford in his late 70s, on a boat, alone at sea, with barely 10 lines and no other actors during the whole film was ever going to go mainstream?. Put Sandra Bullock left by George Clooney alone on a boat with a bunch of special effects and let’s talk, but All is Lost? Please…

    Plus I suppose he’s aware of the fact that he didn’t campaign at all for it and had he been able or willing, he would’ve been the only other nominee along the sound editing nod. And in that case, he might still believe distribution was responsible, this time for no Picture, Director and other nominations, only that in that case nobody would’ve asked him about it likey they did here. 

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    The film didn’t do well in limited release. I saw it, and there’s no way that would have grabbed mainstream audiences attention if they went any wider. They would have lost money.

    And sorry, Redford’s performance was nothing special. He couldn’t have done better in the role, but the role was totally simple. Any decent actor could have given the same performance. Sorry, Robert. You weren’t snubbed at all. 

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    Scottferguson
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    I reread his comments. I stand by the headline. He basically called them cheap and incompetent and responsible for the film’s underwhelming performance, and thus ultimately his not being nominated. Hitflix on its home page top link has basically the same headline.

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    Jason Travis
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    Can you blame Redford? Seriously, I understand people want to say he’s wrong to make such comments- but the man is a living legend, won New York Film Critics, was being touted all year to get in. And then loses a slot to CHRISTIAN BALE of all people in the over-hyped American Hustle. I mean come on! I would be pissed too.

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    Scottferguson
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    Yes I blame him. If he wants to voice disappointment, fine. But to disparage professionals with a proven track record of success who not only distributed but also financed the film initially, then put their money and expertise into it, and as far as I can tell did nothing wrong, is unprofessional and offensive.

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    Jason Travis
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    It could be sour grapes too- they asked him TODAY for a commentary; he’s just being human. I try to look at things from both sides.

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    Scottferguson
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    I mentioned days ago this would be awkward – Redford always has a press conference first day, and it coincided. This sounded thought out.

    Should the Coens ream CBS for their film’s Oscar failure? CBS has spent a lot more and gotten less for their dollar than Roadside did for All Is Lost.

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    Jason Travis
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    Well it’s also interesting All is Lost failed to be nominated for Score- is it safe to assume that Golden Globe winning scores are now barely even sure nominees? Not sure the nominee-ratio, but this ain’t the first time a movie has won Score at GG and then failed a nod at the Oscars.

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    Riley
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    It is important to include the following part of the quote: ”
    Would it have been wonderful to be nominated? Of course. But I don’t… I’m not disturbed by it, or upset by it.”

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    This remains my top film of the year. I thought it was poetic, risky, exciting, meaningful. It worked for me on many levels. If you choose, you can enjoy it purely moment to moment, or you can read into its ample, subtle metaphors. In a year when so many of the best films revolved around the concept of survival, this was the most elegant and searching depiction of that struggle. (It was also a surprise, as I did not think much of Chandor’s first feature.) 

    I don’t know much about the distribution end of the business, and Redford is entitled to his opinion, but this definitely does sound like sour grapes. He must have expected that this sort of film – a risky one – might not find a wide audience. It’s an excellent film, was well received by the critics, obviously plenty of people think highly of it and he himself is proud of it – that should be enough. He’s certainly old enough to smile, shrug and move on.
     

     

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