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Before you all go and get all bent cuz this is going up late let me just point out that it’s tough being a one-stop shop. We shoot, we edit & we have to find the time to post it. It ain’t easy being a pimp! Damn. So with that intro we proceed with putting up what little was obtainable of folks like Jane Lynch, Diego Luna, Jon Isaacs, Ben Stiller, Kerry Washington, Jessie Eisenberg, Malin Akerman, Aaron Eckhart, Amanda Peet, Terrence Howard, Annette Bening, Amber Tamblyn, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Lawrence at the 2011 Spirit Awards, held on Santa Monica Beach.
The good folks overseeing the event play deity with credentials and every year lock out a slew of folks out from official carpet coverage – ourselves included – so we find ourselves alongside a horde of others in the same predicament and shoot what is manageable beach side.
What we never are able to process is that these folks have a stretch of beach so wide that – were they so inclined – they could accommodate everyone and their mother on the press line and still have room left over.
Now some would take the opportunity to point out that maybe if they did, they would get more coverage in the rags. But pointing this out might also lead to the observation that scheduling an awards show b4 the likes of OSCAR isn’t the smartest thing in the world.
Not judging, simply making an observation.
Being out in the open – well, some years are clearly better than others. This was not one of those.
The set-up was obstructed by an army of port-a-pods and cars practically pulling up to the gate for drop off. Throw in a lot of over-zealous valet attendants going thru a delusion of grandeur cuz they were on premise doing blocking duty and what little could be machine gunned turned into half.
And if that wasn’t bad enough the West Coast was going thru their own winter blast which saw the likes of temps falling below 50!
We kid you not!
We would earnestly like to thank the lot of good spirited folks who ran from the drop off site like they were prairie dogging it… Rosario Dawson, Natalie Portman (who very well may have been at the prairie dogging stage…), Nicole Kidman, Samuel L. Jackson, Taye Diggs, Eva Mendes, Anne Heche & Zoe Saldana – just to name a few.
We are truly greatful for your generousity.
The 2011 OSCAR nominations are out! And although there are really no surprises in who has garnered nominations – most well deserved, there are a few snubs – particularly one – noteworthy. But more gripping on that later.
Here are our picks from those chosen for potential honors this year which will be televised on February 27th:
Best Actor nominees: James Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeff Bridges, Colin Firth and Javier Bardem.
Best Actress nominees: Annette Bening (”The Kids Are All Right”), Michelle Williams (”Blue Valentine”), Nicole Kidman (”Rabbit
Hole), Jennifer Lawrence (”Winter’s Bone”), and Natalie Portman (”Black Swan”).
Best Supporting Actress nominees include Amy Adams (”The Fighter”), Helena Bonham Carter (”The King’s Speech”), Melissa Leo (”The Fighter”), Hailee Steinfeld (”True Grit”) and Jacki Weaver (”Animal Kingdom).
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale (”The Fighter”), John Hawkes (”Winter’s Bone”), Mark Ruffalo (”The Kids Are All Right”), Geoffrey Rush (”The King’s Speech”) and Jeremy Renner (”The Town”).
The Best Picture include: “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “Inception,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “The King’s Speech,” “127 Hours,” [but this will likely win:] “The Social Network,” “Toy Story 3,” “True Grit,” and “Winter’s Bone.”
BEST DIRECTOR noms: Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell, Tom Hooper, David Fincher, Joel & Ethan Coen.
Now back to our gripes!
What is up with overlooking Mila Kunis? She was just as thrilling in Black Swan as Portman – if not more so. That omission is just plain RUDE! And what about Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter? He is the top biller dammit!
It’s horrible when politics takes over what should be solely based on performance. You know why Portman was nominated – we needn’t supply you with a cause…
Like clockwork orange, the award season comes round every year, wreaking havoc on the masses. Tempers flair, photo-ops are missed – well you get the idea. It is a stressful time for all. The NY Film Critics Circle Awards is no exception. This year the list touted luminaries like the multi-faceted talent Annette Bening, dashing Mark Ruffalo, Melissa Leo, beauty Kerry Washington, hotness Armie Hammer, strapping Brit Colin Firth, Lesley Manville, Michelle Williams and a slew of directors like Olivier Assayas, among others.
And then comes the “limited space” issue which plagues so many venues. Alternate photo pens are created et voila – the birth of tempers flairing and missed photos is upon you with contractions the size of a New England state.
Not to point fingers, but the fault generally lies in one direction. The talent’s PR.
Case and point: One talent’s publicist could be heard telling her client “they are just paparazzis,” as she ushered him past the line-up and into the doors of Crimson.
Called for? Hardly. If we were paps, we wouldn’t have been behind a barricade! Dumbass.
Michelle Williams’ handler, not known for extending courtesy to a press line – on a good day, went as far as having their car drop them off on the opposing street, away from the designated drop off and rushed in the doors, ignoring the calls for the external step-and-repeat.
All class that one.
But the award of the night – in as far as flaired tempers go – stops at one rather well known photo agency who, upon learning of their placement in the B photo pen outside, shot off an email addressing their position on the matter.
“If you are unable to accommodate [our photographer] inside in time for arrivals and this is the kind of access [we] can expect at future events, please remove me from your distribution list,” read the declarative correspondence.
We here at RTnM congratulate the talent on their accolades and thank kindly those who took a moment, in the cold, to extend the courtesy of a secondary photo-op.