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dsc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 03:50 PM
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A very touching reaction to Milk's nomination from the screenwriter
http://www.mcnblogs.com/mcindie/archives/2009/01/oscar_...

Mid-Oscar morn, studios email quotes from their nominees, and they're often of the template of "so much fun working with," "such great material." Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black's stands out: "I wont lie, I was up at 4:30 AM Pacific Time this morning. I couldnt sleep. I took a shower, I started washing dishes, I did a load of laundry I was completely losing my mind waiting for that local ABC telecast. My heart jumped when Josh Brolin got nominated, but the tears started flowing when Gus got his. I couldnt have asked for a better director for this project, a fiercer protector of this little spec script that meant so much to me. And that script would have been nothing without the dedicated talent of nominee Sean Penn, who truly inhabited Harveys soul, and Josh Brolin, James Franco, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna, Alison Pill, Joseph Cross, and on and on. This film was a real team effort. By the time the nominations got to Best Picture, I was a wreck. Tears lots of tears. I couldnt breathe. My big hope had been that the Academy would recognize our film enough that Harveys story could get a wider release, but I could never have predicted 8 nominations including Best Picture. Im still pinching myself. When I first heard Harveys story at 13, I was a closeted kid living in a conservative Mormon, military home. It was a rough time for me. Hearing Harveys story not only gave me the hope he talked so often about, it very likely saved my life. What happened this morning means this film WILL win a wider audience, and maybe, just maybe Harveys message will reach some of those kids out there today who have been told they are less than, that they are sick, that God does not love them, and perhaps, from the grave, 30 years later, Harvey might give those kids the hope and love he gave me so long ago. It might sound overblown to some, but I firmly believe these nominations are life-saving. I cant thank the Academy enough."

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Zuiderelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 03:53 PM
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1. Beautiful.
k&r
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Duncan Grant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:09 PM
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2. Thanks for sharing that!
Off to the greatest page... :thumbsup:
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:12 PM
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3. That is as lovely as the film was. It was a loving and tender movie.
There were no stereotypes, no cardboard figures. It was humanist and moving and wonderfully inspiring. I loved it. I hope everyone nominated in that movie gets the Oscar.
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Zookeeper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:18 PM
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4. K&R. Thanks for posting! n/t
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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:36 PM
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5. Wonderful news!
This is the first I knew of the eight nominations. (I don't pay much attention to entertainment news.)

Maybe this means they'll have it at my neighborhood theater! (I haven't seen it yet because the one place it is playing anywhere near me is a traffic and parking nightmare.)
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littlebit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:56 PM
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11. If you want to see it
pm me I will let you know where you can get it.
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Mike 03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:44 PM
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6. The nominations surrounding this film are exciting. These are all filmmakers I have respected
for years and to see their talents acknowledged is nothing short of inspiring.

Anyone who lived through that experience--those months, living in San Francisco or the Bay Area at that time, will never forget it.
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:03 PM
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7. Yep, my main reason for wanted it to get lots of Oscar noms
was to get it into much wider release, that and the fact that I was blown away with Penn's Harvey. Hell, for ninety minutes, Penn was Harvey. I remember walking out of the theater saying that I am well familiar with the fact that Sean Penn isn't gay, but for these two hours, I forggot.
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:56 PM
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8. Love in action. Harvey himself, of course. Everyone involved in "Milk" -
it seems so, too. I went to see "Milk" on Christmas Day. I talked with a neighbor a few days later and he and his wife also went to see it Christmas Day. Christmas is a great day for seeing love in action.

I haven't watched the Oscars since "The Color Purple" was ignored by the "academy" decades ago.

I may just have to turn in this year to see if the academy can redeem itself with "Milk".
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dsc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:19 PM
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10. The writer is the closest thing to a sure thing Milk has
since screen play is a divided category and his screen play isn't in Slumdog's category. So at least you should get to hear him give his speech.
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:15 PM
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9. Very touching.
Thank you.

:kick:
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TEmperorHasNoClothes Donating Member (356 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 10:20 AM
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12. brought tears to my eyes
This is why we need our rights. Gosh I hope he wins and can say that in front of the studio and tv audience.
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dsc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 11:01 AM
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13. If he doesn't win it will be a very long night for Milk
This category is about as close as it gets to a sure thing.
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-26-09 11:18 AM
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14. I am so glad it got a bunch of nominations
I think Sean is probably the only one that will be win ... but this is a great honor.
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