February 26, 2000
Amy Wallace's article on the varying accusations of distortion leveled against "The Hurricane" and "The Insider" missed the most obvious reason why academy voters may have taken the controversy surrounding "The Hurricane" more seriously than the one surrounding "The Insider" ("Split Decision Over 'Hurricane,' 'Insider,' " Feb. 16). If the tobacco lobby feels that "The Insider" portrays them unfairly, I don't really think this is going to bother too many people, since, after all, the industry has done more than its share of lying in the past.
February 16, 2000 |
Controversy about the veracity of Universal Pictures' "The Hurricane" appeared to take a toll Tuesday, when the film, once seen as a formidable Academy Award contender, garnered only one nomination--best actor for Denzel Washington. The film, which tells the story of boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter's imprisonment on a false murder charge, has been accused of distorting history and falsifying Carter's legal battles.
February 8, 2000 |
When Universal Pictures launched "The Hurricane" at the end of December, the studio not only thought the film starring Denzel Washington was a potential hit but a formidable Academy Awards contender. But in the weeks following its release, the studio and Beacon Pictures, which co-financed the picture, have been embroiled in an ugly media battle over the movie's veracity, which many in Hollywood believe has badly tarnished its Oscar aura.
February 5, 2000
There's been much writing in the Calendar section over the last few weeks about who should be nominated for the upcoming Academy Awards, but I'd like to suggest someone who does not deserve a nomination. Jim Carrey's performance as the late, great Andy Kaufman in "Man on the Moon" is an imitation and nothing more. Carrey's smug, back-patting insistence that he "became" Kaufman is an insult to the artistry of Kaufman and to every actor throughout the world who simply "acts." You never hear Denzel Washington jabbering to the press about how he "became" Malcolm X or Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, and his work is more satisfying (and accolade-worthy)
January 24, 2000 |
In a year when Hollywood tried not only to entertain but educate and enlighten movie audiences, the Golden Globes were awarded Sunday night to films that dealt with social injustice, the human drama, dark satire and even an odd assortment of toys with a heart and a mission. "American Beauty," a bleak fable about a middle-age Everyman stuck in a boring job and a loveless marriage, won three Golden Globes--including best feature-length drama, director and screenplay. The win vaulted the Sam Mendes-directed film to the head of the pack in the all-important Academy Awards race.
January 24, 2000 |
Most Americans understand that "real life" movies rise or fall on their entertainment value and accept that at least some elements of fiction are mixed together with fact. However, Universal Pictures' "The Hurricane" crosses the line between reasonable embellishment and pernicious distortion.