Oscars Campaigns: Hollywood Takes the Gloves Off

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Does Oscar mean excellence in film or skill at playing dirty tricks? This year, it may be both. While old Hollywood hands are not surprised by the money, the hype and the hustle leading up to Sunday's Academy Awards, they are shocked by the nastiness of the gossip, the ferocity of the campaigns and the trashing of fellow nominees. Historical accuracy, sexual orientation, anti-Semitism and race are just some of the tabloid topics being raised this year in campaigns for Academy Awards. We look at this year's unusually brutal Oscar campaigns with a Hollywood historian and film critic, industry marketing consultant, a foreign correspondent, and the founder of the controversial Hollywood insider website, Ain't-It-Cool.com.
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El Comercio (in Spanish)

The Academy Awards

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Le Monde (in French)

Oscar Fever: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards

Horse and Hound



Warren Olney