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Snubbed by the Academy? We Must Be Dreaming

January 25th, 2011 by Ben Collins Editor

A few hundred people this morning woke up and typed “I must be dreaming” into their status boxes on Twitter.

This raises the question: What’s the best way to get a few hundred people to type the same cheesy, four-word phrase on Twitter within a three-hour timespan?

Money, primarily. Money would probably be the best way to do that.

Or you can just sling an injustice at Christopher Nolan, the beloved director of “Inception.” He was robbed of a Best Director nomination this morning for what is largely considered his magnum opus.

Here’s friend of Hulu Richard Roeper’s first sentence written about the Oscar nominees. Let’s say he didn’t bury the lead.

“No offense to the five immensely talented individuals nominated for ‘Best Director’ on Tuesday morning, but members of the Academy must have been smoking something powerful to snub Christopher Nolan’s astonishingly creative work on ‘Inception.’”

Twitter exploded with variations of the same joke—Twitter’s Faliq Fahmie simply beat everyone to the punch, saying “Chris Nolan didn’t plant the idea inside The Oscar’s board members’ mind to nominate himself”—but Chris Rock won the morning, taking a line from Nolan’s Batman masterpiece “The Dark Knight.”

“It’s okay though, Chris Nolan is the director the Academy Awards deserve, but not the one it needs right now.”

Agreed. Plus, the publicity of Nolan getting snubbed for David O. Russell (“The Fighter”) or Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”) will probably get the last four Americans who haven’t seen “Inception” yet (they were presumably incarcerated until yesterday) to go out and buy the DVD. That wouldn’t have happened if he was nominated and lost unspectacularly.

Still, the snark and hate parade soldiered on. @Ghostparticle on Twitter busted out this sort of xenophobic gem, effectively blaming all of us for Academy’s Nolan slight: “So the Americans think Chris Nolan is not a worthy director…”

Hey, man, don’t drag the whole country into this. We don’t blame Europe for Uwe Boll. Not every day, at least. It’s been about 13 days since I blamed Germany for Uwe Boll movies. Show some restraint.

There’s the only-slightly less egregious snub of Mark Wahlberg, who wasn’t nominated for Best Leading Actor for his role as Mickey Ward in “The Fighter.” Even though Christian Bale, who played his brother, is up for Best Supporting Actor. Ditto Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, who won Supporting Actress bids.

Wahlberg got edged out by Javier Bardem in a rare Spanish-language nod in a major category. The committee must have forgotten that Wahlberg is bilingual, as well. He speaks a little bit of animal in “The Fighter,” as he does in the following clip.

At least Weird Al Yankovic was able to provide a reasonable explanation as to why Wahlberg wasn’t nominated: “No #Oscar nomination for Mark Wahlberg? I suspect it’s that bitter Funky Bunch voting bloc.”

But Nolan’s snub? Seems inexplicable. Hopefully he won’t lose any sleep over it.

Let’s pretend like I didn’t just type that.

Ben Collins is an Assistant Editor at Hulu. You can find him on Twitter @globesoundtrack or email him here.

Gervais at the Globes: Gone Too Far?

January 18th, 2011 by Ben Collins Editor

Ricky Gervais may never be invited back to the Golden Globes after telling some jokes in his monologue Sunday night.

This is too bad, of course. Because if Ricky Gervais’ jokes set the bar for getting banned from some buildings, most of the things said about Charlie Sheen in this country would prohibit any American from going within 200 yards of a school zone ever again.

Yes, Ricky Gervais just told some very coherent, very structured, very PG versions of the jokes we’ve all been telling our friends and muttering to our cats while watching awards ceremonies for years now.

And now a bunch of people with nice suits but no real problems are angry at Ricky Gervais.

Figures.

But that’s not the bad part. The bad part is that those well-dressed folks got some reporters and average Globes-watchers to feel bad for Angelina Jolie because her bad movie was called bad.

It’s a little dumbfounding, really.

This is the equivalent of Brett Favre walking into a bar, stealing your girlfriend immediately, then you yelling “Hey, Brett Favre, nice jorts!” very sarcastically in retribution, only to have the whole bar turn on you for the rest of the night, even while knowing the whole story.

The media is yelping out one loud, “You really shouldn’t have said that mean thing about Brett Favre’s jorts!” right now. And they’re getting a lot of people to regurgitate it as their own opinion under the tempestuous allure of mock outrage.

“Ricky blew it big time,” a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (which puts on the Globes) told Popeater. “It’s one thing to make fun of celebrities but it’s another to make them totally uncomfortable.”

You’re right! The best way to make fun of celebrities is to make them comfortable. Who can forget Billy Crystal’s classic one-liner from the 2004 Oscars: “Mr. Kingsley, you have a very nice face and your voice is brusque and warm. Let me massage you gently with this nice, hot towel.”

Wait, that didn’t happen. Why? Because discomfort, to a large extent, is comedy. It’s taking people out of their comfort zone so they have a better, less serious view of reality.

Problem is, the people Ricky was offending had no grasp on reality to begin with. That’s why it was so funny to the rest of us.

“He certainly was rough,” said one Huffington Post recap.

Certainly was he?

There were some very hands-off topics last night that Gervais could’ve tackled last night with a controversial joke or opinion. But Gervais — even if it’s weird saying this today — has lots of tact. He didn’t touch them.

He’s not an idiot or unconscious to the repercussions of calling out movie stars who have it coming. He wanted to do exactly what he did last night.

“I don’t think I went far enough (in 2010),” he told Conan last week. “Obviously not, because they invited me back.”

Of course, there is always the Hugh Jackman option, where the host plays out the Hollywood fantasies he dreamed up in a pillow fort when he was 9 years old. It leaves the audience clapping out of politeness. Mind you, this option is also called the Just Put On The Discovery Channel Until Best Actress Comes Up Option. And it’s also now called The Only Option From Now On.

Thanks a lot for being so damn funny, Ricky. You made our night and ruined awards shows for all of us.

Ben Collins
Assistant Editor, Hulu

Turn Emmy snubs upside down by voting for the EWwy Awards!

September 3rd, 2009 by Michael Slezak Sr. Writer, EW.com

Today, EW.com’s Michael Slezak writes about Entertainment Weekly’s EWwy Awards. Check out some of the comedy contenders on Hulu’s EWwys page, then vote for your favorites at EW.com.

And the Emmy nominees are … Tony Shalhoub for Monk. Charlie Sheen for Two and a Half Men. Entourage. And pretty much all the usual suspects that you expect to hear from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences year after year after frustrating year.

No disrespect to Mr. Shalhoub, Mr. Sheen or HBO’s guys-in-Hollywood dramedy, but where’s the Emmy love for fresh, underrated series like Chuck, Psych, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Better Off Ted? Given the standard operating cluelessness of Emmy, Entertainment Weekly created the EWwy Awards, a yearly opportunity for our readers to nominate and vote for their favorite programs and performers snubbed by Emmy.

From now until Sept. 6, you can view all 30 nominees in five EWwy comedy divisions, then vote for your favorites, at EW.com/ewwys; and if you need a refresher on why our nominees are so awesome, you can check out clips of selected nominees at Hulu’s EWwys hub. (The drama categories kick off Sept. 7.) Hey, even if you don’t really need a refresher course to help you decide between Ugly Betty‘s Michael Urie and How I Met Your Mother‘s Jason Segel (two of the six guys up for an EWwy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy), it’s always a hoot to relive some of their funniest moments instead of, oh, finishing that pile of work on your desk, right?

And the Crunchie Goes to…

January 20th, 2008 by Eric Feng

We’re excited (and incredibly honored) to announce that we’ve won the Crunchie award for Best video startup at the 2007 Crunchies! The awards show, held on Friday at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco, was an inaugural event organized by TechCrunch, GigaOm, Read/WriteWeb, and VentureBeat to “recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations of the year”. Most importantly, it was users who picked the winners by casting online votes so thank you all for your support!

We were on hand for the fun and festivities of the ceremony that featured industry heavyweights (like Mark Zuckerberg and Kevin Rose), a terrific performance by the Richter Scales, and a very entertaining acceptance speech by Fake Steve Jobs. But the highlight of the evening for me – besides picking up the award of course… – was getting to meet MC Hammer (yes, you read that right) at the after party.

Again, on behalf of the entire Hulu team, thanks so much for your votes and we look forward to living up to these expectations in 2008.

Eric Feng ()

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