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02/25/2008

Oscar archivist deliberately scrubbing gays?

by Jeremy Hooper

**UPDATE, 11:46 PT: The transcript has now been updated to include the gay-centric remarks. We'd like to thank the Academy.

So watch this Oscar acceptance clip, in which producer Scott Rudin concludes his remarks by thanking his partner in life, Broadway press agent John Barlow:

A sweet sentiment? We think so. But does the Academy? Well, check out this official press transcript from the Oscars website and see how they chose to present Rudin's words:

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"END TRANSCRIPTION"?! Wow, that sure is a much less romantic sentiment than we remember hearing!

It could be an oversight, an it could be a deliberate omission. We'll investigate further.

The transcript: CATEGORY: BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR SPEECH BY: SCOTT RUDIN, ETHAN COEN AND JOEL COEN FILM: "NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN" [Oscars]
Best Motion Picture [YouTube]

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Your thoughts

Bullshit! Bullshit! BULLSHIT!

A transcript is a written record of spoken language. It is expected to be an exact and unedited record of every spoken word, with each speaker indicated.

There is no good excuse for his personal thanks to be left out. It was said loud and clear...not under the sound of the orchestra. Everyone heard his words loud and clear.

The "Academy" can kindly go fuck itself.

If the folks typing the closed captioning managed to type it in, then the people issuing the transcripts could have managed...unless someone told them to strike it.

Posted by: Patrick W. | Feb 25, 2008 11:32:39 AM

"This is also for my partner, John Barlow. Without you honey, this would be hardware. Thank you so much."
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I'm going to have to concur with Patrick's sentiments above.
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That wasn't just the last line of a speech, it was literally a theatrical ending line.

For a transcription artist, it's inexcusable. For an Oscar's transcription artist, it's criminal.

Posted by: Emproph | Feb 25, 2008 12:31:41 PM

Looks like they've fixed it.

Posted by: DCN | Feb 25, 2008 4:16:04 PM

Yeah, the fixed it!! Did you know you had that much power? I guess the only problem with this is if you happen to end up in a movie as an extra I don't think you have a snowball's chance in Hell of being nominated for an Oscar! You burned too many bridges!!!


Edward

Posted by: CubBC | Feb 26, 2008 4:26:42 AM

I am dumbstruck.How could this posibly be true?I am a straight man following a link from Michael Musto's column and while obviously I can see its offensive,I actually think the proper response is hilarity.The fact that at this day and age some fool putting together the transcripts from the Oscars would be compelled to edit out a loving comment from one gay man to his betrothed (one rich and fucking powerful gay man I might add :) )is pathetic,backwards and actually hilarious it is so childish. As I said,I am dumbfounded almost to a point where I could believe it was mistake rather than there exists someone so wretched and audacious that he/she/it would have the balls to edit Rudins comments out and not think someone was going to notice. Okay everyone...close your eyes,take a deep breath and say "Love is Power",over and over. : )

Posted by: jimmybooby | Mar 20, 2008 6:12:44 AM

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