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  • dianewarrenlostagain
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    Now that I have finally seen some of this years Oscar contenders and now that the frauds at the Hollywood Foreign Press and the even bigger frauds of the Critics Choice (who voted the day after the Globes results to join the bandwagon) have weighed in, I really can’t believe at what has risen to the crop.  Yes every year films and performances win for reasons that leave you speechless.  But this year is different.  As the industry preaches about women, inclusion, and all that good stuff, you have 2 films poised to win 4 of the Big 6 awards that are quite frankly at best problematic and in my opinion even worse reprehensible.

    The problems of 3 Billboards have been written at length.  The redemption arc of a racist cop, take on race, police brutality etc.  I am torn because I did find the movie entertaining and not every movie has to be 100% PC.  But if I was a “campaigner” I’d absolutely be pushing the negative angle 24/7.

    And even worse, as hysterical black dressed Morticia’s were badgering the public with Times Up, assault on women, etc  at the Globes, you got Allison Janney thanking Tonya Harding to applause after winning for a film that painted her as a victim for…being involved in the assault of another woman.  Talk about hypocrisy for the mood of the moment.  They all looked like fools celebrating her on that night in particular.

    Many outlets have written since the Globes how troubling some of these frontrunners are.  Sports journalists in particular have been brutal on Hollywood’s hypocrisy for turning Harding into some victim.

    Will some of these very well paid Oscar “consultants”  actually go for the throat this year or will they run the same meek timid campaigns they always do?  If I was paid on behalf of a movie or client I would go for the jugular.   This year has presented these people with a lot to work with when it comes to snapping voters out of their malaise to rubber stamp some of these truly tone deaf winners this year.  Do they have the guts?  Doubt it.  Perhaps they will wait until after the nominations but by then it will be too late.  Not sure why these people get paid at all.

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    AviChristiaans
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    I don’t get it. You want Awards Consultants to start smear campaigns against the frontrunners? You do know sometines that backfires? Especially if the film is BELOVED like Three Billboards and The Shape of Water. Don’t turn Three Billboards into that little puppy you have kicked enough. You might just have another Birdman or The King’s Speech on your hands. Where Oscar voters go to bat for a divisive film that they love regardless.

    Don’t blame the campaigners/consultants. There is only so much they can do. And what they do is FYC for print, online and tv, FYC events, screenings and dvd screeners for voters etc. In other words, get the film in front of voters and make it priority viewing.

    It’s not their fault if the film is not resonating with Guilds and voters.

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    Philip
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    And it doesn’t turn Harding into a victim btw. Also, at some point, when is enough enough? This woman should be crucified for the rest of her life? Give me a break.

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    We all know Scott Rudin has his dirty paws on a takedown of 3B as we speak.

    Bravo to A24 for capitalizing on a ridiculous backlash last year to win Best Picture. Maybe they can do it 2 years in a row.

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    I’m all for dethroning the favorite. I want another La La Land/Moonlight moment! 😀

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