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what he said: Josh Tyler at Cinema Blend…

…on how “True Grit’s Oscar Nomination Is A Surrender To Creative Bankruptcy”:

Awarding remakes is nothing new, but in an environment where originality has been marginalized by the film industry in favor of projects with name recognition, recognizing new ideas has never been more important. A Best Picture vote for the year’s most obvious remake feels like a vote in favor of cinematic ignorance…. The Coens made True Grit with the best of intentions and, different from the original or not, it’s a good film. Yet to me it seems as though a vote for True Grit, good or not, is a vote for Hollywood’s creatively bankrupt status quo. With nine other Best Picture nominees to choose from, there has to be a better way to go.

Ayup. (My review is here.)

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