' Cinema Romantico: Oscar = Influence

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Oscar = Influence

Kate Winslet has been named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. Director Peter Jackson penned the brief ode and noted her "fierce intelligence...willingness to take risks...(and) unflinching honesty."

If I may, I'd like to add her earnestness to that list. Few things have pissed me off more this year (in the movies or anywhere else) than the backlash she received for her gushing acceptance speeches at the Golden Globes. Heaven f---ing forbid someone should get up there and be completely genuine in their happiness to win an award. How sad is society when sincerity gets you mocked?

I don't like fake people. Kate ain't fake. If her earnestness makes you queasy, well, in the words of Juno's stepmother, "Go fly a kite."

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