As show business pundits analyze the Oscar night David-vs.-Goliath victory of little-seen The Hurt Locker vs. highest-grossing-film-ever Avatar, The Vulture's Bilge Ebiri points out the crucial role of the film's disrespected champions in the press:
Apparently, the lowest-grossing film in Oscar history to win Best Picture, the one with no studio behind it, the one sporting one of the most disastrous releases ever, and the one made by a filmmaker whose previous height of awards glory was a Silver Raven at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film in 1988, somehow managed to become an awards-season juggernaut because of well, what? Magic? Sheer pluck and steely-eyed determination? The messianic hosannas of Jeffrey Wells? Some have credited word-of-mouth, but usually word-of-mouth translates to some kind of box office.
No, The Hurt Locker owes much of its Oscar success, frankly, to critics. The film came into the awards season trailing a litany of not just good, not just great, but practically levitational reviews from Richard Corliss of Time anointing it a near-perfect war film on the eve of its Venice Film Festival premiere (in September 2008!) to Scott Foundas of the Village Voice and L.A. Weekly calling it the best American film since Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood way back in June. (Our favorite was A.O. Scott of the Times promising that If The Hurt Locker isnt the best action movie of the summer, Ill blow up my car.)
Those marginal, maligned movie critics as a force for good in the world? Stranger things have happened, I guess.
My cat thinks he's a mountain lion.
Fulton County State Court Judge Susan Edlein was a litigation partner at Holland & Knight…
The Coming Medicaid Cost Explosion http://bit.ly/glp4mz
I hope whoever replaces him has as good a mustache as his.
Do you know if Rep. Morris's monument will use the following Ten Commandments for Georgia…
It sounds like Deal is really uncomfortable about this since he's obviously trying to absolve…