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The religion gap, "The Two Towers," Gary Carter, and more.
11:00 PM, Jan 12, 2003
Jeff Greenfield moderated a panel discussion at the PBS annual meeting from San Francisco, televised on C-SPAN (Terry Eastland, Wants and Needs). The liberal panelists didn't seem to understand why their really great programs aren't of sufficient interest to the American people. Why, asked Ray Suarez, don't Americans flock to a really great program on politics in Venezuela?
How, wondered Gwen Ifill, can they get Americans away from the things we find really important, like cleaning out our garages, in order to listen to the really important news presented to us by PBS? And Bill Moyers thinks he had a really good idea to increase the number of PBS viewers--a multi-part series on the history of labor!
They just can't seem to comprehend that the relative lack of interest in PBS is because many of us simple-minded Americans reject the overall view of the world expressed on PBS.
Jonathan V. Last is exactly right about the bad judgment of the Academy voters in bypassing "Fellowship of the Ring" last year in favor of the vastly overrated "A Beautiful Mind" (A Pre-Pre-Oscar Malaise). I too suspect the same type of snub will occur this year with Best Picture going to the vastly overrated "Chicago." But oddly enough this year there actually are two films worthy of the highest award. In addition to "The Two Towers" there is the splendid "About Schmidt." Were it to win, I would call the voters unusually discerning, and look for a LOTR compensatory victory next year with the final installment. In any event, I hope Last will not boycott "About Schmidt" should it win, for it is a genuine masterpiece in its own right.
--Stanley H. Nemeth
Tsk, tsk! Jonathan V. Last has accused Hollywood of patriotism. This is almost certain to hurt their feelings.
I only hope that the Academy listens to Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh's pleas and allows Andy Serkis to be considered for Best Supporting Actor. Without him, Gollum could never have lived--and live he did, magnificently, creepily, and ultimately heartbreakingly.
No, Jackson won't get the Best Director nod, despite the magnificent speech by the great Christopher Lee. There will be a handful of technical/costume/makeup awards, and that will be all. We should all be used to this slighting by now, but I refuse to go gently into that (not so) good night.
Where's a good wizard when you need one?