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I have a special place in my heart for Academy members who spill the beans on who they're voting for -- who isn't curious to know what their favorite director or actor's ballot looks like? Every year, there are always a few voters who anonymously share their choices with certain outlets, but since when has anonymity ever suited Madonna? Yep, the auteur, actress and sometime singer is an Academy member, and her Best Picture vote is going to "The Tree of Life" -- a noble choice, though I'm disappointed she's not even trying a write-in for "W.E." Where's her fighting spirit? This proves why we shouldn't be so quick to pass judgement on who is admitted to the Academy: for all we know, the Madonnas and Beyoncés and Brands are voting more adventurously than the establishment. [24 Frames]
Speaking of Madonna, historian Alex von Tunzelmann is on punishing form in her dissection of "W.E." and its misguided politics. [The Guardian]
Jennifer Lopez -- wasn't she an actress once? -- is the latest name added to the list of Oscar presenters. She should totally present Best Original Song. I don't think that's been done before. [The Race]
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