A curious thing occurs each year about this time (post-nominations / pre-Oscars). I begin to get various e-mails, messages questioning my biases and such in my film coverage. The core of these messages always seems to be: You should be neutral.
Newsflash! I am not, have never been, and never wish/plan/could be neutral. I am not a reporter. You're reading opinion pieces. Without editorialization and point of view there is no Film Experience. There is no blog. There is nothing for me to say that you can't read somewhere else. I'm assuming most of you reading understand and embrace this. But for those who don't... I am not Mary Hart reporting on everything from someone's payroll with a non-judgmental smile. I am just a passionate devourer of film, theater, tv, etc... who likes to write about the things that amuse, annoy, and perplex me as well as the things that are so great that they demand my complete subservience and obsession [this past few months that'd be A History of Violence, Brokeback Mountain, and Project Runway for those not paying attention.]
So, no, the Oscar coverage is neither fair nor balanced. I'm rooting for Brokeback, Ang Lee, Heath Ledger and Reese Witherspoon. It's out in the open! ...not like it wasn't already painfully obvious.