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December 12, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 12, 2008 |

Taste that? It’s the sordid flopsweat of the Oscars approaching, which has flared up a violent East Coast — West Coast rivalry between film critics. (Well, “legitimate” critics. Here, we still give you happy ending.) The Los Angeles Film Crips announced yesterday the animated film Wall-E as Best Picture of the Year, following it up with Heath Ledger as best supporting actor — an obvious ploy to cut down on Oscar speeches. Not to be outdone, the New York Film Bloods decided to give almost all the accolades to Milk, including ousting Ledger’s leering joker for Josh Brolin’s hair-helmeted foil to Harvey Milk. While LA thought Danny Boyle deserved top honors for Slumdog Millionaire, NYC was all nuh-uh, Mike Leigh in the Happy-Go-Lucky hizzouse.

While ballers on both sides are trying to feverishly baffle mainstream audiences by tossing top honors to a superhero movie instead of the usual indie darlings, the bloodshed has already begun. Rex Reed was unceremoniously capped in the ass by some bitches while leaving a Brooklyn Cineplex earlier this week. Retaliation is expected to flair up uncontrollably with the release of Notorious.

Roger Ebert was questioned by authorities, but released.

West Siiiiiiiiiide / Brian Prisco

Industry | December 12, 2008 |

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