“After [last] Saturday’s Mickey Rourke tribute, at which he received the American Riviera award, Academy voters woke up Sunday morning to a big color photo of the star and a front-page headline in the Santa Barbara News-Press blaring ‘The Comeback King.’ Can it influence their thinking at crunch time? Studio consultants must think so, or they wouldn’t keep coming back year after year with major contenders.” — from Pete Hammond‘s 2.2.09 Envelope column about his Santa Barbara adventures.

Mickey Rourke, Pete Hammond.