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Forest amidst a media forest of laptops

January 28, 2007 |  7:30 pm

Here's the perspective of SAG's backstage press area from The Envelope's official position. That's Forest Whitaker at the mike up on the platform chatting with us — spied through the scattering of laptops owned by journos like me who must file instant reports. We sit in the back at tables. Up front are lots of chairs where other journos sit who write on small notepads and don't need computers. Along the right and left sides of the press room are monitors that show us what's happening out on stage. At most award shows, you can trade in your driver's license to get a headset that enables you to listen to the TV show if you're not interested in hearing the winners drone on. Often the most frustrating thing about covering award shows backstage is that you miss what's happening out on stage. That's certainly a toughie here where headsets aren't offered.


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Forest Whitiker really needs to be a little more articulate in his thank you coments. This is the third time he has been unable to express what he is feeling for winning an award, the other times being the Broadcast Critics win and his Golden Globe triumph. As much as I dislike winners reading from pieces of paper, maybe this would be the way for him to go at the Oscars. I hope academy voters will be able to look past these three mis-steps since he truly deserves to win the Oscar.

Aren't noms supposed to have pre-written acceptance speeches? What's with Forest Whitaker...on the other messg boards they said he flubbed it again...please somebody give him a written speech to take to the stage.
As for Eddie, I would be very surprised if he got best supporting at Oscar time...reminds me of Richard Gere when he got the Globes and didn't get the Oscar nom - surprised me! and it was because of the Academy not being warm to him as a person.
Eddie might be nom'd but it's going to be a tough race at Oscar time.



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