Above, Debbie Reynolds cracks a walnut with an Academy Award statuette in Susan Slept Here, Frank Tashlin, 1954, about which more later.
'Tis the season indeed, and as usual, I'm not having it. In fact, I daresay, up until the event itself, which I may or may not "live-blog," as they say (leaning to not), this is likely the first and last thing you'll read on this blog relating to Oscars. The only Oscar "blogger" or film writer or what have you I read with any regularity is my sui generis pal Jeffrey Wells, and in the "the whole world is queer execpt for thee and me and even thou art a little queer" department he's definitely rising to the occasion, for instance titling a post about the David-Poland-convened Movie City News Oscar panel the Gurus of Gold, "Guru Bitches Scatter." I know that Poland's an arch-enemy of Wells, and why not, but, geez, what did Breznican, Elwood, Hammond, Hernandez, Howell, Karger, Levy, et.al., ever do to Jeff? I also like Wells' summing-up of "pro" sentiments for The Fighter: "The passion of the big guns who are with it[...]is deep and true." What was that Vince Vaughn line in that upcoming comedy that got everybody into trouble? Oh, never mind.
In any event, as a part-time student of aberrant psychology I do confess I find the workings of the Oscar-prognosticating mind somewhat fascinating; on the other hand, I haven't got the time time (as Lou Reed once might have put it) to plumb said workings all that thoroughly. So I, um, commissioned film writer Vadim Rizov, he of unique perspective and gimlet eye, to plumb them in my place. The resulting piece, "The Gold Standard, or Lack Thereof," is one of my favorites in the first issue of Nomad Edition's Wide Screen, an online publication of which your humble servant is the editor. Another favorite is by my friend Farran Smith Nehme, also known as The Self Styled Siren, about Kent Jones' and Martin Scorsese's A Letter to Elia.
Nomad is a venture designed to provide what they call "content" to mobile and other such digital devices, using a software that makes said content pretty and readable on practically every conceivable such screen. Said content is not free, but will be available at what are, in my consideration, what they used to call "popular prices." I believe Wide Screen starts off with some very good stuff, and I know there's some even better stuff in its future, so I hope you check it out. Many thanks.