1. “Songwriter Loses Oscar Nomination Over Illegal Lobbying.” Former AMPAS governor Bruce Broughton is stripped of his nomination for ’Alone Yet Not Alone.’
“The year’s most surprising Oscar nomination, for the song ’Alone Yet Not Alone,’ has been rescinded by the Academy because of illegal lobbying by songwriter Bruce Broughton. Broughton, a former governor of the Academy’s Music Branch and head of the branch’s executive committee for four years, reportedly contacted voters in the branch to lobby for the song, the title track to a little-known Christian historical drama that played for one week in Encino but is not scheduled to open until this summer. AMPAS campaign regulations prohibit both mailings and email that ’extol[s] the merits of a film, an achievement or an individual.’ They also state, ’Contacting Academy members by telephone to promote a film or achievement is expressly forbidden.’”
2. ” Why Labor of Love will be the most important film in M. Night Shyamalan’s career.” And, no, it’s not just because he’s working with Bruce Willis again.
“It’s an interesting move. It reunites him with the star of his two most successful films, creatively speaking, and if he goes back to the script he originally wrote, then we’ll get a film told in the voice that first launched him to success. While I’m not sure he can ever write another script like this, the idea of him shooting this one finally is exciting. According to the story that Mike Fleming ran today, Fox still technically controls the script, but they’re in the process of working that out. If this ends up being distributed by Fox, that’s going to bring the whole thing full-circle in a way that almost feels like it’s right out of a Shyamalan script.”
3. “A Brief History of Harvey Weinstein’s Oscar Campaign Shenanigans.” From My Left Foot to Silver Linings Playbook.
“Harvey Weinstein, the co-founder of Miramax and the current co-chairman of the Weinstein Company, pioneered the modern Oscar campaign. Through a mix of big schmoozy events, whisper campaigns, and old-school cold-calling, Weinstein has developed a reputation over the last 25 years for getting award nominations. The results speak for themselves, with his films having secured more than 300 Academy Award nominations to date. So, with the latest Oscar campaign season in full force, we thought we’d look back at the many tricks and schemes Weinstein—the man who once got Shakespeare in Love enough votes to beat Saving Private Ryan for Best Picture—has deployed to rack up all those nominations.”
4. “Find the fun: editing documentaries the Mary Poppins way.” Struggling to bring discipline and rules to your documentary’s anarchic found moments? Mary Poppins can help.
“Studying the story movements in films like Mary Poppins can help. Musicals have similar narrative/non-narrative tensions and the best movies artfully exploit this to create unique viewing experiences. The meta sense of an editorial manipulation of observational footage in a documentary can be seen as a corollary to the song-and-dance, reality-defying scenes in a musical. The narrative arrangements are similarly broad, fluid and nontraditional and exploring the way musicals propel stories forward with set pieces, layered meanings and use of expressionistic imagery can be highly instructive.”
5. “Philip Glass on writing music for film.” Sam Adams interviews the acclaimed composer.
“Now with this movie, the big breakthrough is, we’ve gotten down to actually what the movies are about: The movies are about seeing the movies. That’s very clear to me now. Don’t forget, I’m playing these other movies all the time. We do Koyaanisqatsi every year a number of times, and we do all the movies live. I do it with my ensemble, sometimes with an orchestra, so these movies have never been very far from me. I play them every year. But when I look back at Koyaanisqatsi now, I can see it from the point of view of Visitors. I say, ’Oh! He’s always been interested in that.’ But what’s happened now is, he’s taken away all the covering—I wouldn’t say distractions, that would be going too far—but I would say that the real subject matter was really something else about how we look at movies. Now we’re getting to an interesting thing, once we start thinking about that. Then the role of the music takes on a completely different role. So the question is, how does music function in this?”
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