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 The World of Film in Australia - on the Internet Updated Thursday, November 16, 2017 

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CROWE'S CASH SHOWS UP ESTRADA'S LACK OF CHARACTER

28/8/2005 - By Andrew L. Urban: Russell Crowe’s phone rage incident has made lowly Mercer Hotel clerk Josh Estrada US$100,000 richer after Crowe reached a settlement that ends Estrada’s law suit against him. But the settlement only serves to highlight Estrada’s lack of character, his lack of professionalism and his greed. And the Hotel should be apologizing profusely for having such an inefficient telephone system while charging guests a reported $3,000 per night.
  OSCAR'S FOREIGN LANGUAGE DILEMMAS – AND AUSTRALIA'S LOOMING ISSUE
For the first time this year, Australia will have made a film that could be our official entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar – but considering the politics and rubbery rules involved in this category, we should buckle up, as Bette Davis famously once said, as we could be in for a bumpy ride. Andrew L. Urban reports.
  OSCARS OF COLOUR – PART 4
For four weeks we have published opinions and readers views on the Oscars of Colour which was the Academy’s clumsy attempt at affirmative action. And a last word on the subject, from an American expatriate who admires Denzel Washington but is dismayed by the Academy’s continuing segregation mind-set.
  OSCARS OF COLOUR: PART 3
Our readers in Australia and the US continue to fume over this year’s Best Actor Oscar, revealing a depth of feeling - and thought. From Sydney: “..how patronising the Academy was..” and from the US: “many people can't believe what happened. And yes, many are black.” 
  OSCARS OFF COLOUR? – READERS RESPOND
Our story last week ‘Oscars of Colour’ has drawn a strong - and contradictory - response from readers. The well intentioned but misguided attempt by the Academy to recognise black actors through the Award process completely overlooks the fact that it’s not so much the Academy that ignored African Americans, it’s been the writers, producers and studios who didn’t include African Americans as part of the normal human landscape of American stories. 





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