Seeps Out

If I’m not mistaken, six years ago original Brokeback Mountain author Annie Proulx said something equally frank and snippy about Paul Haggis‘s Crash, the film that snatched away the Best Picture Oscar from Ang Lee‘s adaptation. It’s always usually the writers who let go with the barbs.

  • DiscoNap

    The Descendants is a B+ movie, but I guarantee the book was shit.

  • Raising_Kaned

    Instead of giving the Oscar to Haggis’ Crash, they should have worked out an elaborate The Game-like scenario in which the presenter announced Crash as the winner, but then Cronenberg and all of the producers on his ’90s “version” bull-rushed the stage to thank everyone for the accolades & acknowledgment almost a full decade after the fact.

    That would’a been GREAT. The Academy Awards need more Punk’d moments.

  • Rashad

    As much as I didn’t care for it winning, The Artist people seem to be the only ones who genuinely were excited about winning. I don’t even know who this chick is, but she comes off more entitled than they ever were.

  • Eloi Wrath

    Yeah, “entitled” seems a ridiculous accusation to level at them, especially considering she had Clooney on her team. The Artist people just seemed to be enjoying the wild and crazy ride, knowing full well they’ll never reach this level of fame again.

  • Mark

    Twas a long night, Eloi, and I’m guessing you only observed them for a few public moments from your sofa.

    Bitter grapes, sure, but smart advertising. Her Twitter followers will quintuple.

  • opinion

    Yeah. Entitled. Exactly. Cursed Jean Dujardin, that international playboy-star hovering around the Oscars for more than 20 years, hoping to get lucky, changing girlfriends like dress shirts, suspiciously never starting a family at his age. Seeking to work with that circumspect, Indie credential director and the director’s wife, that Jewish Princess of a diva who’s never known an honest’s day work in her life, condescending to anyone whose accent finds foreign and therefore suspect, who don’t know their place, pollute the air with emotion and carcinogens that will diminish their longevity and wrinkle their skin, just because they dare to do things they enjoy rather than just live until their one hundred. I agree with her sentiment.

  • opinion

    I guess she said ‘entitled’ in case we didn’t get her dog whistle about them being cigarette smokers. Because, you know, she really ‘loves the movie’. Me, too. I love all of her vast literary work. Oh, wait —

  • cyanic

    opinion is LexG

    and I don’t win a prize!

  • Sasha Stone

    ” The Artist people seem to be the only ones who genuinely were excited about winning. ”

    I agree with you but I also figure, anyone who is winning is going to be excited about winning.

  • Jesse Crall

    I’d be pissed about the cigarettes but the “entitlement” jab is cheap. They seemed gracious, hell even Jeff thought The Artist contingent was charming.

  • Jericho Cane

    She never mentioned the Best Adapted Screenplay win. Something tells me she’s been smelling like entitlement for a long time.

  • va

    This link was halfway down the Google search page Jeff linked — http://blog.thebriz.org/2006/03/crash-and-burn-for-annie-proulx/

    I would tend to agree with the writer on Proulx’s sour grapes, if Jeff is aiming to make a correlation between Crash/Brokeback and Artist/Moneyball/Descendants.

  • Glenn Kenny

    Cyanic, that’s not fair. Even in his cups Lex would never confuse “their” and “they’re” like that.

  • Gaydos

    A French creative team makes a black and white silent film with no stars and they’re “entitled?”

    Americans can be so effing xenophobic, imperious and provincial, all at the same time, even the ones who finished high school. And don’t live in the Midwest. Or the Mainland.

    You want angry resentment?

    Alexander Payne has two screenplay Oscars and Preston Sturges has one and none for THE LADY EVE.

    I think even Payne would say there’s trouble in River City on that one.

  • Travis Actiontree

    “Americans can be so effing xenophobic, imperious and provincial, all at the same time, even the ones who finished high school. And don’t live in the Midwest. Or the Mainland.”

    Uh….okay.

  • scooterzz

    i believe cyanic is on to something…

  • Hank94

    Some of you commenters are so fucking jealous of Clooney and his life it’s ridiculous. Fix your own lives. Stop hating him for his.

  • Jesse Crall

    @Hank94: Agreed. The fact that Clooney takes on smart lower-budgeted character studies should generate respect alone. But he also seems like a bright guy who really cares about making great films for an audience. The guy deserves the babes, the villa, and the fame. He earned it.

    Plus: “I don’t want FOP. I’m a Dapper Dan man!”

  • Hank94

    Jesse,

    Exactly. He could’ve done one big dumb blockbuster after another for the last decade and a half but he didn’t have any interest in that.

    Pure jealousy on the part of the people here.

  • ThriceDamned

    We’re taking potshots at Clooney now?

    The guy who routinely works for SCALE in order to get these lower budgeted, interesting, character-driven, ADULT-themed films off the ground (which they would NEVER do in the first place if it weren’t for the fact that they had his name attached to them).

    I thought it was common knowledge that his money doesn’t come from the movies he makes…he goes and makes TV commercials in Asia and Europe to pay for the villas and the lifestyle.

    If that’s not the mark of somebody who’s in it for the work then I don’t know what is.

  • http://www.4utea.com 4u

    I like Brokeback Mountain

    Oolong tea

  • kdoucette

    Clooney is by no means entitled…at least, he doesn’t act like it in public. He’ll wait around till all questions are asked of him in order to be fair. He’ll pop on over to the Oscar bleachers to sign autographs with little to no press coverage of such. He is a gracious human being who happens to have more money than 50,000 Americans combined. The Artist team is French. They’re born snobs.

  • Krazy Eyes

    That’s funny because I was standing right behind Kaui Hart Hemmings and from my vantage it smelled like sour grapes.

  • Jack South P.I.

    “DiscoNap says …The Descendants is a B+ movie, but I guarantee the book was shit.”

    Dead wrong. Book was great. EXACT same plot as the movie so don’t assume all the good parts were invented by Payne. She’s a terrific writer and I look forward to her future work.

  • Hank94

    None of the pathetic Clooney haters are defending themselves. Maybe they realized how sad they sounded and are spending the morning working on their lives.

    Good for them.

  • Eloi Wrath

    Hank94 with the always-helpful “You’re just jealous” response.

  • DuluozGray

    Yeah, Clooney’s awesome, growing up the scion of famous people, having connections at all levels of the industry, that guy is a real humanitarian.

    I’m not knocking the guy, but gimme a break with the bullshit.

  • Krillian

    You’re just jealous of Clooney-haters. Clooney-haters are known for their hard work and integrity. You grovel behind the velvet rope hoping he’ll drop you crumbs, but face it, he’ll only reserve his humanitarian efforts for hurriance victims, impoverished third-world nations, and whatever cause Brad Pitt just told him about. Never for you.

    And stay out of the Woolworth’s!

  • Eloi Wrath

    Let’s face it, you can apply “You’re just jealous” to almost any Hollywood actor. I’d probably love to have Cam Gigandet’s limited level of fame of money, let alone George Clooney.

  • Hank94

    “Hank94 with the always-helpful “You’re just jealous” response. ”

    “Let’s face it, you can apply “You’re just jealous” to almost any Hollywood actor. I’d probably love to have Cam Gigandet’s limited level of fame of money, let alone George Clooney. ”

    When you rip a guy with his track record, repeatedly, it says more about you than it does about him. Hell, rip Sean Penn. I’m a huge fan of his but he has a track record of being a temperamental little shit. Rip Will Smith, who hasn’t made a film he gave a shit about in fifteen years. All paychecks for him, other than Ali. Rip Tom Cruise for being a major weirdo. Rip Mel Gibson for his personal issues. He seems to have a surplus of them. Rip Daniel Day-Lewis for being a bit of a pretentious actor.

    When you rip Clooney (or Pitt), who chooses smart adult films over dumbed down sequels and comic book shit, and who has a track record of being a good guy that doesn’t take himself too seriously, it suggests jealousy.

    Sorry, but it’s true.

  • Super Soul

    I don’t know what’s goofier, the idea that The Descendents is a victim of eurocentric privilege or that opinion’s posts in any way resemble things LexG would say. It’s a good zinger though.

  • Hank94

    “Yeah, Clooney’s awesome, growing up the scion of famous people, having connections at all levels of the industry, that guy is a real humanitarian.”

    Yeah, those connections worked wonders as he spent the eighties and early nineties with small roles on Facts of Life and Return of the Killer Tomatoes.

    And what does that have to do with him being a humanitarian? BUSTED! You hate liberals, so even though Clooney does more to help others in a single day than you will do in your life you have to doubt him on that level.

    “I’m not knocking the guy, but gimme a break with the bullshit.”

    What bullshit? That people are jealous of a guy that is good looking, dates beautiful women but doesn’t get saddled with marriage and kids and divorce, chooses to make smart films with directors he respects, lives in motherfucking Italy, and is genuinely pretty well liked and respected by his peers.

    Yeah…try again.

  • Eloi Wrath

    What does jealousy have do with this discussion, though? “opinion” is the only one who’s really ripped Clooney here. The discussion is about a sense of entitlement, and you can’t really deny the whole “George is due a Best Actor Oscar for all his industry goodwill” displays a lot more sense of entitlement than the Artist guys, who just seemed happy to be invited to the party.

    Clooney’s Hollywood royalty and Payne is already an Oscar-winner – if there’s sour grapes about losing to a bunch of guys from France, then yes, it does give off a sense of entitlement.

  • Hank94

    “Clooney’s Hollywood royalty and Payne is already an Oscar-winner – if there’s sour grapes about losing to a bunch of guys from France, then yes, it does give off a sense of entitlement. ”

    Well when and where did Clooney act angry about The Artist winning?

    “The discussion is about a sense of entitlement, and you can’t really deny the whole “George is due a Best Actor Oscar for all his industry goodwill” displays a lot more sense of entitlement than the Artist guys, who just seemed happy to be invited to the party. ”

    You’re acting as though one and one equals two before proving one even exists. I don’t know that anybody thinks that George deserves an Oscar for his industry goodwill. That’s clearly what you think. But you would have to prove that the majority of voters think that (gonna be tough, seeing as he lost) to make this point valid.

    Again, bringing George Clooney into this discussion (unless he has said something derogatory about The Artist) doesn’t make any sense. Unless you people are just jealous of him and all of his success.

    Can you prove Clooney’s sense of entitlement?

  • Eloi Wrath

    “Unless you people are just jealous of him and all of his success.”

    Yes, that’s it. You’ve solved the mystery. Well done.

  • Jesse Crall

    An actor has only 1 responsibility as it relates specifically to audiences: Make an effort in their movie. Even if they end up in a lousy script or they do something experimental, if they’re asking us to drop 8-15 bucks on a ticket, give a shit. Not only does Clooney give a shit, he hooks up with talented individuals and tries to diversify his filmography. I couldn’t prove any sense of entitlement if I wanted to, and the fact that Clooney makes a lot of money only indicates his great work in an industry that rewards success with handsome paychecks. He’ll make more money on his next movie than I’ll make in the next 20 years but he deserves it because he’s been delivering great work for 15 years. Money does not equal entitlement.

  • raygo

    I think you have to take Clooney at his word. He’s already stated numerous times that he feels that he has more than enough recognition and rewards (or awards). He has an Oscar, and he’s a multi-hyphenate nominee on more than one occasion, something neither Kevin Costner nor Mel Gibson managed to do. The guy rules. But it’s 90% luck, and he knows this. That’s why he rules.

  • opinion

    That Sasha Stone has to come in and peek to state the obvious – which escapes everyone here, including this poor novelist, shows you the level of ‘maturity’ of this thread. And Hollwyood in general, but that’s hopeless.

    HOWEVER —

    Is this woman saying Alexander Payne is, by comparison, NOT ENTITLED?

    ARE YOU SURE OF THAT?

    Even when he, WELL KNOWN FILM DIRECTOR, discussing the previous draft on the project, WHILE ONSTAGE WITH THESE WRITERS, WHO HAVE SCREEN CREDIT, trashed them, basically saying “FROM THEM I LEARNED WHAT I DIDNT LIKE”.

    How do you like them cigarettes? From a world known director, a turd gift to a pair of unknown writers, right in their faces.

    And I would be really surprised she wasn’t there to hear that. SEE? THIS IS WHY IM GLAAD THE ARTIST KICKED BUTT!

    I would pay money to repeat this karma on the pretentiousness of this guy every freaking year, to have someone, from France preferably, making him dress like a penguin and go there to applaud some upstart getting the award instead of him. Please God, oh please, make this wish come true.

  • opinion

    Or let’s put it more charitably. I hope he is just a great guy, the nicest man in the world, who for once in his life said something very very stupid in front of an audience of his peers, professional screenwriters.

    Even though I have to be honest, and I doubt it.

    I mean, how needy, entitled, narcissistic can someone be, someone who is not a writer first, but a director, and a producer, and an award nominated and winner, as a writer, to put down to people who very few people, if anyone, really know?

    How stupid can that be? The more I think of it, the more I conclude that this woman’s snark was not in a vacuum. It was probably a cloud of surliness surrounding this crowd, and she, the original writer, the one with nothing to lose, is the one who is moronic enough to let those thoughts escape into the air, because that’s what writers do. Because that’s what they need to do to call attention to themselves.

    But then again, I hope against hope to be so wrong about this. Because I don’t want to like movies whose makers I would hate as people.

  • dogcatcher

    raygo that’s nonsense.

    Clooney campaigned harder than anyone this year. I think he’s an okay guy, but he sure values that stupid trophy. Pretending he doesn’t is dumb. If he says he doesn’t, he’s a liar.

  • Hank94

    “Yes, that’s it. You’ve solved the mystery. Well done.”

    So you’ve got nothing to prove his sense of entitlement. Good to know.

  • opinion

    Nothing against Clooney, btw, who has been publicly very gracious and a stand-up guy, and if Payne somehow would make up for this faux pas nobody would hold this against him. But then if you’re going to tweet bitching about the opposition being dicks, then you should except blowback.

  • http://www.franklin-et-marshall.net alico

    the film that snatched away the Best Picture Oscar from Ang Lee’s adaptation. It’s always usually the writers who let go with the barbs.

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