Wednesday, April 17, 2024

“Django” Bang-O to Number 1 Wednesday, Oscar Voting Closes Today


“Django Unchained” hit number 1 on Wednesday as adults took the box office back from kids, who went to school finally. “The Hobbit” was pushed to second place and was nearly defeated by “Les Miserables.” Ah, the middle of the week is for us. But not completely: even with the kiddies parked back behind desks and doing homework, “Jack Reacher” couldn’t shoot up “Parental Guidance.” Still Bette Midler and Billy Crystal took Tom Cruise. What gives? Adults sitting in “PG” by themselves? Come on, now. Tom Cruise needs your help!

Anyway, today-Friday–Oscar voting closes at 5pm Pacific Time. A major, major actress (not in competition this year) told me she hadn’t voted because she hadn’t seen all the movies. Whoa! That’s not necessary. Write in the names of the movies you saw and liked, and send in that ballot today. It doesn’t matter if it’s one, three, five, or ten. Same with all categories. I had a similar conversation with  director. These are sensible people. But they’re taking the coward’s way out. Cast a vote for a movie or performance or work you loved. The finish line is coming…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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