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Wherein Obst Stands Up for Miranda


Streep winning her most recent Golden Globe.Photo: AP

From: Lynda Obst

Sent: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 4:55 PM

To: David Edelstein

Subject: RE: Powerful Female Executives


Iñárritu is a one-off. He is wildly influential on screenwriters and directors here. His triptych approach is now a kind of template for storytelling, and his handheld “scenery is a character” approach has become part of the vernacular. I think that’s part of the reason why he demands so much of the actors. When so much is required of the background, when everything is so visceral, the actors wind up highly adrenalized. 21 Grams is when I discovered Naomi Watts’s range!

I agree on the animated pictures. I can only wonder what happened at the Globes. Actually, I know — Dr. George (Genius Miller) stayed in Australia. Well, fuhgeddaboudit. Happy Feet all the way.

This is our State of the Union, seen through the lens of the State of the Industry. Such as it is: struggling for Joy in a world of Despair. And tonight we will watch W. try to deny the real state of the union, struggling for spin, having relied for too long on the perspective of Dick Cheney.

Till the votes come marching in.

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Wherein Obst Stands Up for Miranda