Intro for January 12, 2012

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 12, 2012 15:24:13 January 12, 2012 15:24:13

Dear Gossips,

I donΓÇÖt understand the BAFTA Rising Star short list. ItΓÇÖs ONLY men. Which... fine. But here are the women who were on the long list and didnΓÇÖt make the final five:

Jennifer Lawrence, Felicity Jones, Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain took a seat for Thor, Chris Hemsworth.

Per the Huffington Post, Simon Pegg, who was on the panel that put forward an initial list of 8 names, expressed his disappointment and clarified that the panel had nothing to do with determining the short list. The list was shortened from 8 to 5 by public vote. And thatΓÇÖs the downside of a public vote. TheyΓÇÖll always vote for the hot guy with the hammer, the funny guy in that funny movie, and the quirky boys with the small rabid following whoΓÇÖll spend all day mobilising support online.

How is that any different from how the Clooneys and the Branges of the world campaign? Very good question. If I were the Dean of the Faculty of Celebrity Studies at a liberal arts university somewhere in New England, this would be the final exam question in a second year course called Fame & Strategery. ItΓÇÖs a take home paper.

Yours in gossip,

Lainey


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