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Tuesday 15 February 2011, 14:33

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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    Comment number 1.

    Too bad you were cut off, that sounded like an awfully great speech! :-)

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    Comment number 2.

    I liked the jab at Hollywood's need to remake an entire foreign film to get around that horrible nuisance (ahem) of subtitles, though you're perhaps lucky Fincher wasn't there!

    Was thrilled to see you in that last minute 'lesser awards' montage at the end of the broadcast, though I hate both that you don't see the ENTIRE show (what's wrong with the technical awards?!), and also the cynicism in leaving the actors until after the directors, who should, really, come towards the end! Directors are not as unsung as the organisers think, are they? I sure hope not.

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    Comment number 3.

    Dear Mark,

    Have you ever considered running some wittertainment awards, voted for by your dedicated listeners? Would either be a compliment to your opinions or a wonderful reason to rant at us all.


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    Comment number 4.

    I caught most of the BAFTAs the other night, and it was great to see you presenting an award Dr. K, even if you were bunged in at the end with the "non-important" awards, which is a concept that always annoys me.

    Why does a film not being in English mean that it has to run in a seperate category? I understand that it exists to give more recognition to foreign language films (although apparently not on TV as it only flashes up for two quiff-filled seconds of screen time right at the end), but it just seems to say: "These films weren't in English and therefore can't possibly be better than those that were". I'm not really sure of the ins-and-outs of it, but are those films even eligible for the "Best Film" category in the first place?

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    Comment number 5.

    Mark - when will you be presenting the Kermode Awards for 2010? Or have I missed that already?


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