Babes in arms

Posted by · 9:44 am · February 10th, 2010

We pointed you to Mark Harris’s superb examination of the Oscar campaign trail in a round-up, but if you missed it … well, don’t. If “Pictures at a Revolution” didn’t already make the case, this article reminds me that we’re due an updated equivalent of Mason Wiley and Damien Bona’s totemic “Inside Oscar” — and Harris is the man for the job.

Anyway, as icing on the cake, the article is accompanied by a wonderful photographic portfolio by Brigitte Lacombe. There’s a portrait of Marion Cotillard in there that’s worthy of Cecil Beaton, but this shot of “Precious” director Lee Daniels with young Quishay Powell (who plays the unfortunately-named Mongo in the film) is the snap of the season for me.

Quishay Powell and Lee Daniels

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  • 1 2-10-2010 at 10:10 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    This was a wonderful article from Harris. As I’ve been to most of the events he covered, it’s kind of interesting to read what his experiences of the same moments were like.

    Great stuff.

  • 2 2-10-2010 at 10:26 am

    Jessica said...

    I particularly liked these paragraphs about Cameron’s foot-in-mouth disease:

    And then, he goes too far. He keeps talking. And he does the one thing that no winner should ever do in a roomful of journalists: He disses Meryl Streep.

    A reporter asks him why Avatar’s motion-capture performances haven’t gotten more respect from actors. “I’m going to give you an example,” Cameron says, clearly recalling the encounter I witnessed with the actress after the Critics’ Choice Awards. “I had always wanted to meet her—and I was talking about the performance-capture stuff and I was mentioning how all the actors love doing it. And she said, ‘Oh, yes, I know. I had such a great time doing Fantastic Mr. Fox.’ I thought ‘Oh, my God, this is a perfect example of what’s wrong!’ She didn’t perform the character physically over a period of months. She did a voice performance maybe for a day, maybe for two days, on a lectern!” From far away, I can feel Fox executives emitting psychic beams: “Stop talking now.”

    “It’s almost like Asperger’s with him,” a producer tells me later. “How many years has it taken him to live down ‘I’m the King of the World!’? When he shifts into that mode of talking about how great his movies are and how other people just don’t get it, he is literally incapable of understanding how he sounds. And I say that as a fan! He makes it incredibly hard to vote for him.”

  • 3 2-10-2010 at 12:05 pm

    Speaking English said...

    The Cameron hate is SO old. Isn’t there something else worth talking about?

  • 4 2-11-2010 at 12:11 am

    Glenn said...

    It really is a fantastic article. Superb.

  • 5 2-11-2010 at 4:50 am

    Liz said...

    Speaking English, I find that ironic coming from someone who has focused on slamming “The Hurt Locker” with what can only be described as single-minded obsession.

  • 6 2-11-2010 at 12:31 pm

    Speaking English said...

    TOTALLY different. “The Hurt Locker” is an almost unanimously lauded film that I’m absolutely baffled by, and one of the very few vocal detractors of as well.

    Cameron, on the other hand, is a guy who’s been repeatedly slammed for the same petty reasons for over a DECADE now. You tell me which of these is old and tired by now.

  • 7 2-11-2010 at 1:00 pm

    Liz said...

    And were we still harping on things that happened over a decade ago, I would agree with you.

    But, the man finds new and inventive ways to make himself look foolish on a regular basis, so I hardly consider it just repeating the same thing over and over again.

    And while I don’t want to speak for everyone on the site, I think it’s pretty safe to say that many people (other than myself) are finding the constant bashing (over reasons that could easily be considered “petty”) “old and tired.”