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Even for those of us who enjoy the red-carpet portion of awards season, the vacant questions and 360-degree cameras that female stars must face from the likes of E! have become a bit exasperating. But as Hadley Freeman notes, the women are beginning to fight back against this institution, with stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Thompson and Elisabeth Moss making a point of rebelling against red-carpet routine, whether by photobombing fellows stars or giving the finger to the (ugh) "manicam." "We have reached peak red carpet," writes Freeman. "It's all just got too stupid and too hysterical, and there are too many savvy, funny women working in the industry to put up with this bullshittery any more, or to swallow the old line that any bad behaviour on the red carpet could destroy their career." [The Guardian]
Scott Feinberg reports from the Santa Barbara fest's Virtuoso Awards, where Oscar nominees Jared Leto and June Squibb were among the seven actors feted. [Hollywood Reporter]
Scott Timberg on how this year's Oscar nominees are indicative of contemporary's reluctance to engage with the issues of the day. [Salon]
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