Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Oscar Voters Are Scrambling to See All the Films, Reminder Calls are Coming in Triplicate


Some of the talk last night at the big Universal party: how many reminder calls Academy members have already gotten to vote and return their ballots.

Oscar voting nominations began two days ago and ends on Tuesday night. If you think the town is otherwise quiet it’s because viewing marathons are going on even we speak.

I confirmed with a couple of Academy members that they’ve gotten at least three reminder calls so far. One of the calling centers is in Minnesota, which surprised some voters. “They’re telling us to hurry up!”

Luckily everyone at the Universal pary had seen all that studio’s movies. They’ve also all seen “Elvis” and “Top Gun Maverick,” from what I can discern. Some others that are better known to film critics, like “The Whale,” and “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” were still on to-do lists.

I did tell Universal’s chief, Donna Langley, that even though I’m a fan of Michelle Yeoh, “Everything Everywhere” Left me a little confused. She shook her finger at me. “I watched it three times,” she said, “I really enjoyed it!”

It’s not even from her studio! You see, that’s why she’s in charge!

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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