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Screening Gotham: Critical of the Oscar Noms

By Christopher Campbell, guest editor

Some of today’s Oscar reactions of note from around New York:

-- Considering David Carr’s main job is writing about the Oscars, it is quite funny to see him refer to the Academy Award as "just a statue." Of course, he isn’t going to stop complaining about Dreamgirls getting "skunked" and Little Children being
"criminally … ignored."

-- New York Magazine’s David Edelstein isn’t as big a fan of Dreamgirls as Carr, but he is still stunned that it didn’t get the Best Picture nom. He also apologized for his "wussy" review of the "campy hackwork" The Departed, vowing that he won’t let it happen again.

-- Matt Zoller-Seitz is pretty much disappointed with everything. I guess he could just not worry about the Oscars at all -- or is that impossible for film critics?

-- And in non-Oscar related critic stuff: just in case you’ve heard otherwise, A.O. Scott does not have a summer timeshare with Wes Anderson.

Posted at January 24, 2007 9:42 AM

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To me, the most egregious omission (though not a surprising one) was Laura Dern in Inland Empire. In a movie that is confusing, surreal, often leaving you bewildered (though never bored), she kept the viewer involved. She played all 88 keys of the piano and, even if you didn't know what the he was going on, she really made us believe that something real was happening. Her brave performance gave the movie an emotional quality and a reality that it could not have survived without.

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