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Hey, has there been a more hilarious performance all year than Viola Davis's wackily oppressed, zanily bereaved maid in "The Help?" There has, you say? Whatever. Anyway, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is with you, as they've barred DreamWorks's planned strategy to campaign the film in the Musical/Comedy races at the Golden Globes. The Globes regularly make iffy calls in this department (particularly irksome is their insistence that biopics of musicians are in fact musicals), but this one isn't really up for debate, tonal shifts and amusing shit-pie hijinks notwithstanding. Not that this changes anything: the floor has always been clear for "The Artist" (which has its own darkly dramatic aspects, but comedy should never be simple) to triumph here. [Deadline]
An excellent piece by venerable cinephile Christie on why serious film lovers shouldn't get jaded about 3D. [Sight and Sound]
On the documentaries that deserve Oscar recognition outside their ghetto category. (A big fat 'hell yes' to "Senna" for Best Film Editing.) [The Film Experience]
So, David Fincher says Academy voters don't go for anal rape. Charlie Lyne begs to differ. [Ultraculture]
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