Monthly Archives: January 2013

SAG Awards Alter Hollywood’s Oscar Prospects

When it comes to Academy Award predictions, the current season has been suffering from a bout of Oscar confusion.

“Argo” has received seven Oscar nominations from the Academy, including a best picture nom. The same prestigious organization has snubbed Ben Affleck in the director’s category.

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has given Affleck a director’s nomination but has skipped over “Silver Linings Playbook” director David O. Russell. However, the Academy did give Russell an Oscar nomination.

Kathryn Bigelow was ignored by the Academy for “Zero Dark Thirty” and yet the film was honored with a best picture nomination.

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Obama Ignores Hollywood Violence

When Vice President Joe Biden met with film, television, cable, and video industry lobbyists to discuss efforts to curb gun violence, some thought that new ideas were sure to emerge from the dialogue.

Little came of the discussions though, and a possibility exists that the power players knew in advance that some kind of a fix was in. As representatives of the entertainment industry arrived at the White House, Hollywood hands were noticeably empty of any new proposals.

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The 2013 Golden Globes: A Melding of Awards and Politics

Sunday evening, from the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the yearly Hollywood ritual of awarding Golden Globes played out.

The 2013 Golden Globes, which was hosted by SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Pohler, stuck to the formula of gathering glitterati together in the hopes of bringing in big TV ratings.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the liberal organization behind the Globes, has scant credibility within the entertainment industry itself. However, the Globes are considered valuable by executives, studios, and other film and television related businesses, particularly in terms of its public relations effect and potential impact on Academy Awards voting members.

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Al Gore: The Consummate Hypocrite

Al Gore’s $100 million payday, which resulted from his sale of Current TV to the Al Jazeera network, exposes the former vice president and chief environmental evangelist as someone who has taken hypocrisy to unprecedented heights.

After rejecting a lucrative offer from talk show host Glenn Beck, Gore opted to accept oil-tainted money, timed his business transaction to avoid paying a “fair share” of taxes, used his former office to lobby for legislation, and ultimately ended up providing assistance to a foreign government-owned network with an alleged anti-American bias.

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Video Response to Celebs Spotlights Hollywood Hypocrisy

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