Earlier today in the Oscar nomination thread, Dr. New Jersey wrote the following: “I just wanted to mention that at the beginning of the year when Kent Jones‘ Diane was showing at the festivals, HE insisted that Mary Kay Place would be nominated for Best Actress and many of us said her performance would be long forgotten when the nominations came around. HE insisted that she was greatly respected in the industry, and so on and so forth. Anyhoo, Breakthrough is an Oscar-nominated film and Diane is not. As Clint Eastwood wisely said, ‘Deserve’s got nothing to do with it.'”
HE to Dr. New Jersey: “How’s your short-term memory? Place recently won Best Actress trophies from both the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress and the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress.
“The only reason she didn’t make the Oscar nom cut (as well as the Critics Choice and Golden Globe cut) was because IFC Films wouldn’t or couldn’t fund an Oscar season campaign on her behalf. Voters tend to respond when money (parties, swag, FYC ads) is thrown around with face-time mingling — that’s how it works.”