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By this point, it's common knowledge that the Academy's voting system for Best Foreign Language Film -- or Best Foreign Language Film Approved And Selected By A National Committee That Is Also Agreeable To The Widest Academy Demographic And Was Domestically Released Within The Eligibility Window -- is, to put it gently, somewhat flawed. Everyone has different ideas about how to fix it (including, to their credit, the Academy itself), but Toronto Film Festival director Cameron Bailey's are more sensible than most. I wholeheartedly echo his statement that the idea of this being a country-based competition in this era of global co-production is archaic. Also interesting: he argues that requiring contenders to have a US release date would encourage increased distribution of foreign fare. Good points all round. [Variety]
Jon Weisman on what went wrong with this year’s In Memoriam tributes at the Emmys – all awards show producers should really take note. [Variety]
In this week’s Criticwire survey, participants name the movies that their fellow critics got wrong. Well, “wrong.” [IndieWire]
An excellent essay by Dan Schindel on a widespread misconception about documentaries: why do so many people demand that they be “objective?” [Movie Mezzanine]
Adopt Films has acquired US rights to Israeli thriller “Bethlehem,” which has a strong chance of being the country’s Oscar submission this year. [Screen Daily]
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