So the Golden Globes have been shrunk to an unglamorous press conference, and everyone is raising speculative eyebrows at the Oscars. Toby Young (of the book that’s in the process of becoming a film, "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People") puts together a list of not as funny as they should be Oscar alternatives at the Guardian, though we do like the idea of the theater being filled with celeb impersonators. The alternative may be what happened at the Critics’ Choice Awards, where, as Pete Hammond of the LA Times‘ The Envelope reports:
The numerous no-shows became especially pronounced when "Juno" character actor J.K. Simmons sheepishly took the stage to accept "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee’s" trophy for best movie for television since none of the producers could make it.
"I’m sorry, I was about No. 17 on the call sheet," he said as he thanked the critics.
J.K. Simmons, we’d happily watch you accept awards on behalf of everyone.
Director/writer John Ridley, in an op-ed at the LA Times, introduces us to the term "fi-core" (that would be short for financial core) and writes about why he decided to leave the WGA and why he’s done with the strike