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Credit where it's due to the Academy: when the high number of egregious omissions in this year's documnentary Oscar longlist (from "Senna" to "The Interrupters" to "Tabloid") made it clear that something in the system was broken, they didn't waste too much time attempting a fix. Whether their solution works remains to be seen: in future, any doc hoping to compete will need to be reviewed in either the New York Times or Los Angeles Times to qualify, spelling the end of phantom qualifying runs. Some are protesting that this discriminates unfairly against smaller works with sketchier distribution, though I don't think it's unreasonable to limit the competition to films that have, at some point, been made available to the public in a theatrical context: it's no different from how the general Oscar categories work, after all. Perhaps the Best Foreign Language Film award should go the same way? [New York Times]
Speaking of soundtracks, Jim Emerson reflects on the experience not just of watching "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," but listening to it. [Chicago Sun-Times]
Critics unsold on Keira Knightley's performance in "A Dangerous Method" are "reveling in their own plainness of appearance, supercilious intellectualism and compulsions to express bitchiness." Uh, okay. [Women and Hollywood]
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