In the climate of “MeToo” and “Time’sUp,” is it worth asking why there isn’t a “Best ActPerson” Oscar instead of separate categories for men and women?
Jan Chromoxy, Samesby, AL
I“ActPerson”? Worth asking? Sure, though it’s peripheral to the heightened attention that harassment, abuse, and inequality deserve. The high stakes visibility of movie making is a valuable crucible for culture change, but merging men and women into fewer award categories probably needn’t be a priority in the ticket-selling celebrity game.
Oh, my God. Even though it’s a year later, I still can’t get over them announcing “La La Land” as Best Picture when “Moonlight” was the actual winner.
Muffy Gletch, Pittsfield, MA
I hope you can gather some composure knowing that this entertaining live TV moment was corrected in a minute and no one died because of this biggest mistake in Oscar history.
Don’t you think the Academy Awards executives should have fired PriceWaterhouseCoopers? Don’t you think that this accounting firm should have fired employees who messed up the Best Picture announcement?
May Kumpay, Ketchum, ID
For the highest visibility error that those entrusted could have made, PwC’s Cullinan and Ruiz are banned from Oscars insider limelight. Is that enough of a message and punishment? How awful was Cullinan’s pattern of being too casual about his responsibility? Was the mistake consequential enough to break off an 80+ year business relationship? How about we focus our “you’re fired” fervor on someone who demonstrates a more disreputable character, a more dangerous incompetence, a more unethical core, a more impeachable pattern of behavior?
Ha, ha. Man, I loved watching over-the-pretty-people-hill Beatty and Dunaway fumble over the wrong Oscar envelope.
A friend, Los Angeles
You exhibit a flare for unkind satisfactions. Actually, Beatty and Dunaway – victims of the mistake – showed remarkable poise under the circumstances.