Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Crazy Oscar Season Begins With “Star is Born” Cinematographer Arrested, Actor Attacked for Using N Word: What’s Next?


Matthew Libatique has been arrested in Poland. He’s the cinematographer for “A Star is Born.” According to reports, Police found him stumbling around. Maybe he was celebrating with too much vodka!

Libatique, who officials say appeared to be heavily intoxicated, lashed out after an ambulance was called to tend to his erratic behavior.

The cinematographer then became aggressive, spouted “offensive” words and hit one of the workers in the head, according to local reports.

Well, he won’t do that again.

Last week, Viggo Mortensen, star of “Green Book,” used the N word by way of description. People went nuts. He meant nothing by it.

But this is crazy Oscar season. What’s next? Will we get to nominations without a murder, a trial, a kidnapping? What slur will be uttered by accident? In the current season of say-it-and-you’re dead-to me, this should be fun.


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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