Thursday, May 30, 2024

Cannes: Spielberg Happy There’s “No Campaigning” Like Oscars


At the Cannes jury press conference today, Steven Spielberg let it be known he’s happy about one thing here. No campaigning. Spielberg just came through a brutal Oscar campaign for “Lincoln” and lost. “I think the great thing is that there’s no campaigning,” Spielberg said. “We’re going to be caucus-ing and deliberating and meeting. As you know, awards season in America is like a political cycle. We had the campaign for president of the United States of America. And the campaign for the Academy Award. There’s no campaigning here and that is like a breath of fresh air for me.”

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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