The Academy sues to prevent the sale of "Deer Hunter" Oscar: "But what happens when the statuette is damaged? That's what happened in 1979 to Aaron Rochin, who won an Oscar for his sound work on the Robert De Niro classic 'The Deer Hunter.' Unfortunately, Rochin's statuette was 'blemished,' so the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences replaced it and took back the original for repairs. But at the statuette facility, Rochin's original blemished Oscar was then stolen and never found. Flash forward more than 30 years to last September, when a guy named James Dunne allegedly offered for sale on eBay a rare Oscar statuette. Is it the same as the stolen Rochin award?" HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Thelma Schoonmaker talks about how the digital revolution will affect classic films: "In June, director Martin Scorsese tried to show his 1993 film 'The Age of Innocence' at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. Thelma Schoonmaker, Scorsese's editor for the past 40 years and a three-time Oscar winner, called Grover Crisp, the senior VP of asset management at Sony, for a 35mm print. But Sony not only didn't have a print, it couldn't even make one. 'He told me that they can't print it anymore because Technicolor in Los Angeles no longer prints film,' Schoonmaker recalled. 'Which means a film we made 20 years ago can no longer be printed, unless we move it to another lab—one of the few labs still making prints' ... What does this mean for classic-movie buffs? More low-resolution screenings of DVDs in repertory theaters, fewer old films overall to see, and the potential loss of a wide swath of our cultural heritage." ATLANTIC
Lindsay Lohan wants to win an Oscar before starting a family: "On her inability to find The One: 'I’m not focused on that yet. I want to do a ton of movies first. After I win an Oscar, I can start thinking about love.' For the sake of her romantic life, let’s hope she lifts that self-imposed restriction. Upon a review of her upcoming projects (Lifetime’s 'Liz and Dick,' the straight-to-Netflix 'movie' 'The Canyons,' and a cameo in 'Scream 5'), one can conclude that she is a shoe-in for at least one Razzie Award. 2013 will not be the year Lohan sweeps the Oscars, let’s be honest here." DAILY CALLER
Sacheen Littlefeather, who accepted an Oscar on behalf of a protesting Marlon Brandon, responds to an insensitive "Tonight Show" segment: "[Dennis Miller]’s comments—and the laughing audience—are glaring reminders that ugly Native American stereotypes are still pervasive ... The Leno-Miller segment about Littlefeather mostly escaped the notice of the media, but that’s partly because she deliberately delayed responding to it. She is surviving a battle with breast cancer just this year, having only recently been officially declared in remission. 'Having cancer has been the fight of my life. Staring death in the face changes your life,' she says. 'Late-night TV has stooped to racism and bigotry. [Miller and Leno] came off as bitter, old white farts. Would they have gotten away with it if they had referred to Oprah as Aunt Jemima?'" INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY MEDIA NETWORK
Guy Lodge considers how Alfred Hitchcock would have an Oscar if Best Picture were awarded to directors: "If the Academy worked more along the lines of film festival juries, the director would claim, or at least share, credit for the year's best film -- and Alfred Hitchcock would have one competitive Oscar to his name. It's telling that in the 1966 volume of interviews between Hitchcock and François Truffaut, a founding father of auteur theory if ever there was one, Truffaut is under the impression that Hitchcock won the 1940 Best Picture Oscar taken by his neo-Gothic romantic thriller 'Rebecca.' Hitchcock rather tersely corrects him that the award was given to Hollywood super-producer David O. Selznick, and that he's never won a statuette; Truffaut swiftly changes the subject." IN CONTENTION
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