Oscar nomination is instant-runoff voting, Idiot Brother to Weinstein, Meek’s Cutoff at Sundance

24 January, 2011

Michelle Williams 2007

Michelle Williams 2007

Oscar nomination:is instant-runoff voting: In general, receiving consistent (but not spectacular) reviews is a asset to a film late in the vote-tallying process, when it will begin to pick up votes as a compromise choice as others are eliminated. But it can be vulnerable early on in the counting if it doesn’t rank at the top of at least some ballots.

This is definitely a flaw with instant-runoff voting, by the way: hypothetically, a film that received the highest ranking on average choice (say that literally everyone voted it in second place, and the first place votes were split between many different candidates) could be the first one eliminated. But political scientists have determined there is literally no such thing as a perfect voting system — it’s just a matter of picking which flaws you’re willing to tolerate.

The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that it has acquired domestic rights to Jesse Peretz’s new film MY IDIOT BROTHER, which had its world premiere Saturday night at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The company also acquired distribution rights for the U.K., Germany, France and Japan. TWC will partner on the acquisition with Ron Burkle, who previously backed TWC founders Harvey and Bob Weinsteins’ bid to acquire Miramax Films and its library. Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, Rashida Jones, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley Knight, TJ Miller, Janet Montgomery and Adam Scott star in the film, a comedy about family and the sacrifices it takes to deal with them.

Sundance screening: Meek’s Cutoff Kelly Reichardt 2010 | Spotlight | 104 min.Friday January 21, 2011 3:00 PM Egyptian Theatre

Reichardt, director, the subject of a Walker Art Center, Mineapolis, retrospective last year, said the museum is in discussions with distributor Oscilloscope Pictures to show the film in April, prior to its theatrical release.

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