Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Oscar Talk Begins 

Dear god, we're still in summer blockbuster season, but the Oscar talk has begun. I just came across not one but two articles which discussed Academy Award chances.

First was the article in which Quentin Tarantino bemoans the splitting (warning: some spoilers in this linked article) of the two volumes of Kill Bill because he sees it as hurting the project's Oscar chances. But he also points out that had it been released as a single film, many great scenes likely would have to have been cut down or out completely. I for one am glad that didn't happen.

Then I came across the announcement that Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 has been returned to Academy Award Eligibility. Apparently there was concern because the film was shown in a television broadcast in Cuba. Any documentary film shown on tv within 9 months of theatrical release is disqualified. But it turns out that the state-run network broadcast a bootleg copy, and had not received permission to play it over the airwaves.

In other news, Fahrenheit 9/11 has also been cleared in the question of an elections violation complaint brought to the Federal Elections Commission.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 2:49 PM