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PINNACLE OF THE UNWORTHY

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BD21298.gif The GOOD news is that “WALK THE LINE” is now available on DVD — best wishes to Joaquin Phoenix, the film for other Academy Award nominations, and co-star Reese Witherspoon.

Other than that, the 2006 Awards are a dive into the pursuit of attempting to elevate that which is not worthy to some point that is unworthy, with the exception of “Joyeux Noel” from France as Best Foreign Language Film and — no surprise here from the Academy — “Best Makeup” and “Best Special Effects” for the films from 2006 that are highly regarded and well enjoyed by most viewers (Best Makeup — “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” [for, also, Best Visual Effects], “Cinderella Man” and “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith“). It’s disappointing but laughable that to the Academy, these award categories (Best Makeup and Best Special Effects) are the limit of their capacity to bestow notice on these wonderful films, as if they extend notice in the only fashion perceptible to the particular socio-political group interests that comprise the forefront of this industry — if that doesn’t reverberate the negative stereotyping of the Awards this year, I don’t know what does (although there is that set design).

BD21298.gif The rest of us hope that this year’s Awards represent the low point (“hope” as in, hope that this is the lowest it can go and will ever, as what we see this year) in taste, opinion and favoritism among a closed society of networking back-pats.

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