Magazine article Variety

It Was the Best and Worst of Times

Magazine article Variety

It Was the Best and Worst of Times

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Awards season is six months long, and everyone deserves a prize for endurance. Here are some of the season's high- and low-lights.

Nov. 7: Both "Interstellar" and "The Theory of Everything" bow. Kip Thorne was an exec producer of the former and is depicted briefly in the latter - the first time a physicist has two films opening the same day.

Nov. 10: At an API Fest screening of "Mr. Turner," police remove a woman who sprayed mace in the face of an audience member after he asked her to turn off her cell phone.

Nov. 14:The Hollywood Film Awards - which copyrighted the phrase "the official launch of the awards season" - are broadcast on TV for the first time. Presenter Johnny Depp appears to be drunk, while Chris Rock fake-gushes, "All my life, I dreamt of getting one of these! Like everybody else in the room!"

Dec. 10: At an awards screening for "Winter Sleep" at the iPic Theater in Westwood, a tech malfunction prevents the film from being shown. Instead of the three-hour Turkish foreign-language entry, the audience gets "Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. …

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