Magazine article Variety

Oscar State of Mind: Skewed and Screwy

Magazine article Variety

Oscar State of Mind: Skewed and Screwy

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I recently received an invitation to a Jan. 5 wedding, and my first thought was "Are they insane? Why are they getting married on Golden Globes weekend?"

Then I realized that not everyone in the world centers their lives around awards season. I slowly came to a more shocking realization: Maybe I've gotten a little too showbiz for my own good.

When I thought about it, I found other dismaying evidence to back this up.

* I read the tweet of a friend, who was praising the classical beauty and history of the Capitol Building. He then posted a photo on Instagram of the Washington Capitol in D.C. I had assumed he was writing about the Capitol Records building.

* On a trip to Sicily (which, BTW, is highly recommended), I went to Mount Etna with a friend who's a local. We were atop a mountain of rock and dirt, which he said had been a level field until 2002. The eruption that year had created lava that became about eight stories' worth of rugged new terrain that we were standing on. Then he got out his cell phone and called his girlfriend. I was standing there, and my second thought was about the power of nature. But my first thought was: How does he get phone reception here, but I can't get a signal driving through Laurel Canyon?

* In November, Variety and Rolling Stone posted a package of stories on criminal justice reform. In the first planning meeting, several people agreed we should reach out to Mike Lee. And I thought "I love Mike Leigh, but why are we talking to a British director about the American legal system? …

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