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Friday, March 2, 2007

Seattle Loves Open Letters

posted by on March 2 at 15:48 PM

First Michael Seiwerath, now John Sinno. Seattle loves open letters.

Regarding Jerry Seinfeld’s lame routine ahead of the announcement for best documentary at the Academy Awards, the producer of Iraq in Fragments writes to the Academy,

I had the great fortune of attending the 79th Academy Awards following my nomination as producer for a film in the Best Documentary Feature category. At the Awards ceremony, most categories featured an introduction that glorified the filmmakers’ craft and the role it plays for the film audience and industry. But when comedian Jerry Seinfeld introduced the award for Best Documentary Feature, he began by referring to a documentary that features himself as a subject, then proceeded to poke fun at it by saying it won no awards and made no money. He then revealed his love of documentaries, as they have a very “real” quality, while making a comically sour face. This less-than-flattering beginning was followed by a lengthy digression that had nothing whatsoever to do with documentary films. The clincher, however, came when he wrapped up his introduction by calling all five nominated films “incredibly depressing!”

While I appreciate the role of humor in our lives, Jerry Seinfeld’s remarks were made at the expense of thousands of documentary filmmakers and the entire documentary genre […]

Complete letter at Greencine Daily. For some reason I can’t find Seinfeld’s speech in English. But here’s a Spanish dubbed version.

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the fact is, Jerry Seinfeld was the weakest link of 'Seinfeld'....the supporting cast (and the writing)were the geniuses of that show...he's kind of an a lot of stand-up comedians...

Posted by michael strangeways | March 2, 2007 3:58 PM

I'm Not defending the lame popcorn rant and I'm sorry you got your feelings hurt but those five films ARE “incredibly depressing!”
For you to pretend they are not just makes the joke funnier.
The world AND doc film-making are big enough for laughs and dead babies.

Posted by james27 | March 2, 2007 4:06 PM

Jerry was a hell of a lot funnier than Ellen.

Posted by DOUG. | March 2, 2007 4:07 PM

Jerry apologising for Kramer was the most depressing footage all year.

Posted by Seinfeld Blues | March 2, 2007 4:15 PM

The producers of the AAs yanked all the clips off of YouTube. Something about maintaining the integrity of the show...or some such bullshit.

Posted by Kate | March 2, 2007 4:39 PM

I love documentaries but I can't think of a single AA winner that wasn't depressing (unless Woodstock won when it came out).

Posted by elswinger | March 2, 2007 5:50 PM

Iraq in fragments wasn't depressing. It was a bit bland, but it's not depressing. If watching people living absurd lives is depressing, then The Queen takes the cake. QEII is absurdity writ grey.
Seinfeld was drunk, and the bad canned jokes were designed to make the non-gore entries even less significant. They had obviously decided months ago to give the award to gore's bit of filmed speaking engagement.
Anyways the only thing Gore and the Oscars prove is that if you are filthy rich you can afford to throw some dimes to charities masquerading as carbon-offsetting groups. All of that has 0 relevance to most of us. They are all a bunch of arrogant bastards, doing whatever the fuck they want - flying everywhere, powering huge mansions, etc. - and then claiming to be green because they tap a tiny tiny bit of their ill-gotten gains to *offset* their emisions. Carbon offset = hyppocrisy.

Posted by kinaidos | March 2, 2007 8:28 PM

Shouldn't you credit the source from whom you stole this? Not like we don't all know you just troll Gawker, Seattlest, and various other gossip sites and cut and paste.

Posted by sheesh | March 4, 2007 7:00 PM

Uh, I stole it from Greencine Daily. I assumed you could infer that from the link.

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