No more playing it safe for Steve Carell

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Mark Schultz apologises for angry outburst against Foxcatcher director.

Olympic champion wrestler Mark Schultz has backtracked on his now infamous New Year’s Eve rant on social media against “Foxcatcher,” the film about the 1996 murder of his brother, David, by eccentric millionaire John du Pont — unloading particularly harsh criticism for director Bennett Miller. “You crossed the line Miller.Five weeks left till the Oscars, folks, and now that the nominations are out, we are officially in what campaigners and the people who track ‘em call “Phase 2.” This is the phase where things get serious. In Phase 1, when theoretically anything was possible, campaigners took out all manner of ads and threw every potential awards client they had at Academy members and journalists in an effort to drum up coverage and a sense of momentum, all with the end goal of landing an Oscar nom.

Mark Schultz, who is played by Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher, labelled Miller’s film a “miracle” and said he hugely regretted his previous criticisms. The fancy buffets and hoity dinners that accompanied screenings are verboten, per the Academy rule that “no screening event may include a reception or otherwise offer complimentary food or beverages.” Academy members aren’t allowed to “host” screenings, or go to more than four nominee-related screenings that involve Q&As (meanwhile Q&A screenings held by the Academy or the guilds don’t count). At the time he railed against the film’s implications that there was a sexual element to his relationship with Du Pont and that he wrestled in his older brother’s shadow. But after the film garnered five Oscar nominations, including best actor (Steve Carell as Du Pont), best supporting actor (Mark Ruffalo as David Schultz) and best director, Schultz took to Twitter over the weekend to cheerlead for the film and apologize publicly to Miller. “Bennett Miller is the greatest director ever. 3rd time’s the charm. Every now and then someone gets busted: Last year, the ditty “Alone Yet Not Alone” was scratched from the original song category after one of its creators, who served on the executive committee of the Academy’s music branch, urged voters to take note of his song.

— The director and producer of “Force Majeure,” the heralded Swedish film that the Academy slighted, stunning everyone who saw it as a shoo-in for best foreign language nomination, posted this possibly spoofed, and if so very well acted, reaction video to YouTube. I should have followed God, not man.” Schultz also lamented the Academy’s snub of Tatum, whose performance the 54-year-old wrestler had championed even during the period he was trashing Miller and the film. When I fought and Dave wasn’t there was so emotional.” The gold medallist, who triumphed alongside his brother at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, mounted an angry social media assault on Miller earlier this month. I hate it.” Coming in the midst of award season, the unscripted drama threatened to be a takedown of the film’s Academy Award chances, since it called into question the film’s authenticity to the true story on which it’s based. “I think the problem I had was the context of the movie,” Schultz explained to his social media followers Saturday. “It’s what happened was so hard.

His initial anger appears to have been sparked after critics reviewing the film noted homosexual undertones to the relationship between the on-screen Schultz and DuPont, played by Steve Carell. Schultz, who had previously appeared supportive of the film, wrote on Facebook and Twitter: “The personalities and relationships between the characters in the film are primarily fiction and somewhat insulting. Leaving the audience with a feeling that somehow there could have been a sexual relationship between DuPont and I is a sickening and insulting lie.” He then referred to Miller as a “punk”, “pussy” and “liar” in later deleted posts.

— And the hand-wringing over “Selma’s” shutouts (best picture and song nominations notwithstanding) marched on, as it were, with blame landing on Paramount for bungling the campaign and sending out too few screeners, and on the Academy for lack of diversity. Also, on Sunday, “Selma’s” cast, including David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey, and director, Ava DuVernay, were set to join in that city’s Martin Luther King Jr.

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