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Well, Lou Dobbs will probably call on a boycott of movies. But if there was ever a testament to the fact that Americans are not insular and xenophobic, it's the fact that the most American of institutions - Hollywood - reflects the globalization of this country. I'm not a film historian, but I don't believe there has ever been another year when the winners of Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress all went to foreign performers. Here are international recipients of this year's Academy Awards:
Javier Bardem - Spain - Best Supporting Actor - No Country for Old MenAlexandra Byrne - UK - Costume Design - The Golden AgeDante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo - Italy - Art Direction - Sweeney ToddDidier Lavergne - France - and Jan Archibald - UK - Makeup - La Vie en RosePhilippe Pollet-Villard - France - Live Action Short Film - Le Mozart des PickpocketsSuzie Templeton and Hugh Welshman - UK - Animated Short Film - Peter and the WolfStefan Ruzowitzky - Austria - Best Foreign Language Film - The CounterfeitersTilda Swinton - UK - Best Supporting Actress - Michael ClaytonMarion Cotillard - France - Best Actress - La Vie en RoseGlenn Hansard - Ireland and Marketa Irglova - Czech - Best Song - OnceDario Marianelli - Italy - Best Score - AtonementDaniel Day-Lewis - UK - Best Actor - There Will Be Blood
[Update: I learned this morning that a foreign sweep of the actors categories happened in 1964. Live and learn].
The Travel Industry Association has released Department of Commerce data showing the country is welcoming fewer tourists than we were before the September 11th attacks despite the fact that tourism around the world has skyrocketed in the last few years. The TIA is urging Congress to pass the Travel Promotion Act to promote US tourism overseas at no cost to American taxpayers.
Soldiers risking their lives in Iraq were promised that they would go to the front of the line and quickly be naturalized as a token of our country's appreciation for their tremendous sacrifice. But the New York Times reports today that this promise is not being kept.
Cate Blanchett has her primarily home in her native Australia, but she's regularly working in the US working. And working. And working. Tonight she has a chance to do what has never been done - win two Academy Awards in acting categories in a single year. She's up for best actress for Elizabeth: The Golden Age and for best supporting actress in the Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There (she plays Bob Dylan believe it or not). She won an Academy
Award for playing Katherine Hepburn in the Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator. She's been nominated two other times as well. She already has two movies completed that will be released later this year. One of them is the new Indiana Jones movie which I'm really eager to see.
Here's an interesting piece from Lawrence Downes in the New York Times on the journalist's recent lunch with Lou Dobbs and his ill-fated attempt to convert the CNN "news" anchor. My favorite line:Mr. Dobbs is unencumbered by self-doubt.The true sign of an extremist.