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VIDEO: Amy Ryan refuses to judge her 'Gone Baby' mom

December 1, 2007 |  8:21 pm


So what's it like to portray a crackhead alcoholic who'll never win the Mother of the Year Award? That's what we ask Amy Ryan, star of "Gone Baby Gone," who's got Oscar megabuzz as a supporting-actress contender for portraying a character she describes as "a single mom struggling, doing the best she can without the help of any social services.

"It's not my job to judge this character," Ryan adds. "I just have to add up the math in her world and not bring in my own prejudice. You've got to see all angles of this woman. She's not just black and white, not just a demon. She's trying to survive in a tough neighborhood and get by."

But she is enormously frustrating. "Just when you think she's learned a lesson, she slaps it away," Ryan says.

And what was it like working with Ben Affleck as a neophyte director? He "really loved" the true drama that occurred behind the camera, she said. He told Ryan, "I'm thriving on the problem-solving. As much as you plan your day on a movie set, something is always going to come up and surprise you."

Now she says, "I wonder what it'll be like for him to go back to being an actor now that he's been on this side?"

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Of course homophobia played the biggest part in the loss of Best Picture for "Brokeback Mountain", for crying out loud!

The movie won Best Picture awards in red states, blue states, and countries overseas. To print the list would take a lot of space!

It would take a lengthy article to show just what happened after the movie was released, and how it was effectively sabotaged!

Many minorities hated "Crash". It was a token nod to minorites. It was so contrived, that it was insulting to people such as the African American writer, Syl Jones, of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, who blasted it in a lengthy piece!

One of the main points was that some of the academy's white, male voters most probably wanted to feel good about themselves, so they awarded this 2-star movie the oscar. They may have expected minorities to bless them for their choice, instead of being insulted.

How could they know that minorities would identify with the terrible oppression of the bi-sexual sheepherders.

There were other players in this fiasco of that oscar season. Players who preached against it on national tv, and claimed they wouldn't see "that picture"; nor would they vote for it. But did they disqualify themselves? Nooooo!

But that's nothing new! Hardly a year goes by, that the oscars doesn't prove to be a popularity contest; an elitiest award.
Just like Woody Allen, Marlon Brando, et al, told us in no uncertain terms!


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