Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ham-handed editing

So here's the Oscars story as it appeared in The State's printed edition:

Can you find what's wrong?
LOS ANGELES — After a tumultuous week that saw the departure and replacement of the Oscar show’s host and producer, the film academy enjoyed a night of good vibes Saturday at its third annual Governors Awards. You might even say the force was with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Armed “Star Wars” storm troopers ensured guests were in their seats and paying attention as Darth Vader opened the evening. Under Vader’s helmet was academy president Tom Sherak, who welcomed the audience of industry insiders with, “How was your week?”

Over the past week, Oscar producer Brett Ratner and host Eddie Murphy resigned and were replaced with producer Brian Grazer and host Billy Crystal. Ratner departed the Oscar show amid criticism of his use of a pejorative term for gay men at a screening of the director’s action comedy “Tower Heist,” which stars Murphy.

Saturday’s untelevised Governors Awards couldn’t have been smoother.

Jones, who famously voiced Vader, accepted his award by video from London’s Wyndham Theater, where he is starring in “Driving Miss Daisy” with Vanessa Red-grave. Baldwin and Glenn Close feted the actor before Sir Ben Kingsley presented him with his Oscar onstage in London.

Close called Jones “a world treasure” and Kingsley said the 80-year-old actor is “always so damn good.”

Smith, the groundbreaking makeup artist who counts “The Exorcist” and “The Godfather” among his credits, was lauded for his long career and his generosity in sharing the secrets of his craft. Writer-directors J.J. Abrams, Peter Jack-son and Guillermo del Toro saluted the 89-year old.

Abrams, creator of TV’s “Lost” and “Fringe,” said Smith “was the Beatles to me” and told of how he wrote a fan letter to the makeup artist and received an “old but clean” tongue from “The Exorcist” in return.

Winfrey was introduced by Quincy Jones, Travolta, Maria Shriver, producer Larry Gordon and a student she’d never met but whose education she funded.

Travolta said “the academy got it right” when it chose the media mogul to receive its Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, calling her “the most wonderful person in the world, the most magical person in the world and the most powerful person in the world.”

Yep, in a bunch of ham-handed editing, The State in its print editions managed to cut the first names of Jones (actor James Earl), Smith (makeup artist Dick) and Winfrey (Oprah - need we say more?) and the awards (lifetime achievement) that Jones and Smith received.

It also managed to leave out the first names of "Baldwin" (Alec) and "Travolta" (John).

It did manage to get it right in the online edition.

Smooth, very smooth.

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At 11/16/11, 5:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering they only have 2 people to edit the entire paper, that's not half bad.

At 11/16/11, 8:14 PM, Blogger Doug said...

I'm sympathetic, but that's no excuse for this.

It would be different had the article been a mess and required major work. This is just inattention when trimming.


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