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    Yeah, I definitely understand (and honestly find myself agreeing with) the criticism, but I think it’s important that no matter how anyone feels about the casting, the role of Felicia Montealegre is not being white-washed by Carey Mulligan since the former is a white Latina and Carey Mulligan is white herself; I understand what people are trying to say when they (accidentally) use the term white-washing, but it’s important that we know that it doesn’t apply in this instance.

    People do not understand the difference between ethnicity and nationality.

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    This is winning Make-Up at least. And both Cooper and Mulligan are gonna be nominated unless the film is a mess.

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    Yeah looking at all the pictures this has makeup nomination on lock. I was really impressed with Coopers 1st outing as Director with ASIB. I’m really excited to see Carey and Bradley act together. I wonder if they are wrapping this month and can still release by end of year? It’s been done before where films wrapped mid-summer and still released by 12/31. As long as it releases limited by end of year it’s still eligible for awards season I believe.

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    I’m…disappointed she will go back to the usual wife/lady in love role.

    We don’t know yet how good or bad this movie will be but I don’t think that in it Mulligan will be playing “the USUAL wife/lady in love role.” The Bernsteins had an extremely complicated relationship. Here’s the text of a letter Montealegre wrote to Bernstein in 1950 or 51:

    Darling,

    If I seemed sad as you drove away today it was not because I felt in any way deserted but because I was left alone to face myself and this whole bloody mess which is our “connubial” life. I’ve done a lot of thinking and have decided that it’s not such a mess after all.

    First: we are not committed to a life sentence—nothing is really irrevocable, not even marriage (though I used to think so).

    Second: you are a homosexual and may never change—you don’t admit to the possibility of a double life, but if your peace of mind, your health, your whole nervous system depend on a certain sexual pattern what can you do?

    Third: I am willing to accept you as you are, without being a martyr or sacrificing myself on the L.B. altar. (I happen to love you very much—this may be a disease and if it is what better cure?) It may be difficult but no more so than the “status quo” which exists now—at the moment you are not yourself and this produces painful barriers and tensions for both of us—let’s try and see what happens if you are free to do as you like, but without guilt and confession, please!

    As for me—once you are rid of tensions I’m sure my own will disappear. A companionship will grow which probably no one else may be able to offer you. The feelings you have for me will be clearer and easier to express—our marriage is not based on passion but on tenderness and mutual respect. Why not have them?

    I know now too that I need to work. It is a very important part of me and I feel incomplete without it. I may want to do something about it soon. I am used to an active life, and then there is that old ego problem.

    We may have gotten married too soon and yet we needed to get married and we’ve not made a mistake. It is good for us even if we suffer now and make each other miserable—we will both grow up some day and be strong and unafraid either together or apart—after all we are both more important as individuals than a “marriage” is.

    In any case my dearest darling ape, let’s give it a whirl. There’ll be crisis (?) from time to time but that doesn’t scare me any more. And let’s relax in the knowledge that neither of us is perfect and forget about being HUSBAND AND WIFE in such strained capital letters, it’s not that awful!

    There’s a lot else I’ve got to say but the pill has overpowered me. I’ll write again soon. My wish for the week is that you come back guiltless and happy.

    F

    (From The Leonard Bernstein Letters, edited by Nigel Simeone and published by Yale University Press.)

    This movie isn’t going to be for everybody; it won’t be a huge blockbuster like ASIB. But given the subject matter and talent involved, it might well be a compelling film. In any case, this is not a role we’ve seen Mulligan play before.

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    We don’t know yet how good or bad this movie will be but I don’t think that in it Mulligan will be playing “the USUAL wife/lady in love role.” The Bernsteins had an extremely complicated relationship. Here’s the text of a letter Montealegre wrote to Bernstein in 1950 or 51: Darling, If I seemed sad as you drove away today it was not because I felt in any way deserted but because I was left alone to face myself and this whole bloody mess which is our “connubial” life. I’ve done a lot of thinking and have decided that it’s not such a mess after all. First: we are not committed to a life sentence—nothing is really irrevocable, not even marriage (though I used to think so). Second: you are a homosexual and may never change—you don’t admit to the possibility of a double life, but if your peace of mind, your health, your whole nervous system depend on a certain sexual pattern what can you do? Third: I am willing to accept you as you are, without being a martyr or sacrificing myself on the L.B. altar. (I happen to love you very much—this may be a disease and if it is what better cure?) It may be difficult but no more so than the “status quo” which exists now—at the moment you are not yourself and this produces painful barriers and tensions for both of us—let’s try and see what happens if you are free to do as you like, but without guilt and confession, please! As for me—once you are rid of tensions I’m sure my own will disappear. A companionship will grow which probably no one else may be able to offer you. The feelings you have for me will be clearer and easier to express—our marriage is not based on passion but on tenderness and mutual respect. Why not have them? I know now too that I need to work. It is a very important part of me and I feel incomplete without it. I may want to do something about it soon. I am used to an active life, and then there is that old ego problem. We may have gotten married too soon and yet we needed to get married and we’ve not made a mistake. It is good for us even if we suffer now and make each other miserable—we will both grow up some day and be strong and unafraid either together or apart—after all we are both more important as individuals than a “marriage” is. In any case my dearest darling ape, let’s give it a whirl. There’ll be crisis (?) from time to time but that doesn’t scare me any more. And let’s relax in the knowledge that neither of us is perfect and forget about being HUSBAND AND WIFE in such strained capital letters, it’s not that awful! There’s a lot else I’ve got to say but the pill has overpowered me. I’ll write again soon. My wish for the week is that you come back guiltless and happy. F (From The Leonard Bernstein Letters, edited by Nigel Simeone and published by Yale University Press.) This movie isn’t going to be for everybody; it won’t be a huge blockbuster like ASIB. But given the subject matter and talent involved, it might well be a compelling film. In any case, this is not a role we’ve seen Mulligan play before.

    After reading that letter, I honestly can see both Cooper and Mulligan winning for Maestro

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    I wonder if they are wrapping this month and can still release by end of year? It’s been done before where films wrapped mid-summer and still released by 12/31. As long as it releases limited by end of year it’s still eligible for awards season I believe.

    In a recent interview on the Smartless podcast Bradley Cooper said the movie would come out in the Fall of 2023. (They were filming in NYC’s Central Park and Carnegie Hall last week.) In that podcast, he said that after NYC they would film in East Hampton, and then take a break for a while, and then shoot for three weeks in Italy, and end up filming in London. I don’t think there’s any way in the world Maestro will be completed and released by the end of this year.

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    with the   new   eligibility rules   created by speilberg      i doubt  it will win oscars cause its gonna need   a wide theatrical run  to qualify

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    People do not understand the difference between ethnicity and nationality.

    Well, no surprising coming from the same US WASP vision of the world which still consider people from Spain and Portugal as POC (No joking, last year I found videos of ignorant people saying how Bardem and Cruz were POC). And this is the same people who went attacked on twitter when they said “white Latinos” don’t exist.

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    with the new eligibility rules created by speilberg i doubt it will win oscars cause its gonna need a wide theatrical run to qualify

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is reverting back to the prepandemic requirement of a seven-day theatrical release. Maestro is being produced by Netflix, which almost always gives the movies for which it has Oscar hopes a 14 day theatrical release before streaming them.

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    Well, no surprising coming from the same US WASP vision of the world which still consider people from Spain and Portugal as POC (No joking, last year I found videos of ignorant people saying how Bardem and Cruz were POC). And this is the same people who went attacked on twitter when they said “white Latinos” don’t exist.

    I saw a stupid YouTube video comparing Antonio Banderas versus Denzel Washington as Greatest People Of Color

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    Cooper is obssessed about Oscars. I listen to that Podcast. Bradley Cooper still remembers “an Oscar winning actress and an Oscar winning Director made fun of him”. He seems Too Sensible. He cares Too Much about Oscars

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    You say on a forum all about awards… How dare he care and how dare he be offended by someone making fun of him. Are you hearing yourself? If that is his goal, then that is his goal.

    Emmy FYC:

    Better Call Saul in all categories.

    Especially Rhea Seehorn, Bob Odenkirk, Writing, Drama Series.

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    You say on a forum all about awards… How dare he care and how dare he be offended by someone making fun of him. Are you hearing yourself? If that is his goal, then that is his goal.

    It was how he told his story. He said “it was a long time ago”. So, several years. So, he still remembers from several years ago “an Oscar winning actress and an Oscar winning Director made fun of him”. He seems way too obssessed about Oscars

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