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For a medium we're told nobody cares about, people sure are devoting a lot of column inches to the end of cinema. Michael Cieply joins the long line of writers sounding the artform's death knell, claiming that Hollywood has lost its grip on the public imagination to TV. He points out that even the film of the moment, "Argo," has still attracted fewer viewers over its three-week run than a single episode of "Glee," while the number of specialist films released in US market has dropped by 55% in the last decade. Furthermore, Cieply quotes sources suggesting the Oscars are complicit in this disconnect, citing the recent coronation of the backward-looking "The King's Speech" (to which audiences flocked, mind you) as an example. I think people might be getting a bit dramatic. [New York Times]
Zachary Laws wonders if, after two straight years of relatively little-known directors ruling the roost, Best Director will go to an overdue auteur this time round. (No, he doesn't mean Ben Affleck.) [Gold Derby]
With dress-up on his mind, Christopher Campbell wonders why some of the most Halloween-friendly costume and makeup designs in recent cinema haven't been recognized by the Academy. [Film School Rejects]
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