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Word of Mouth

3.1.14: The Anti-Oscar Show

Taylor Quimby

This Sunday marks the zenith of award season spectacle - the 86th Annual Academy Awards.  There will be winning speeches, and silent snubs. Triumphant toasts, and whispered words of consolation. Some will openly weep with joy, and others will wipe away tears of another temperment. Today, Word of Mouth turns away from the glam and glitz of the Academy Awards to investigate the crimson underbelly of the red carpet, and the painful truth that for every winner, there are far more losers.

And The Winner Is....

Part 1: The Art of Writing Rejection Letters

Part 1: The executive editor of Graywolf Press extrapolates on the painful art of writing rejection letters - an unavoidable part of working in the publishing industry. Also, Word of Mouth's dramatic readings of some notorious rejection letters, including a scathing note received by Gertrude Stein before she became famous.

Part 2:  Oscar Smear Campaigns

Part 2: Marlow Stern, entertainment editor for The Daily Beast, looks back at notable Oscar smear campaigns.

Part 3: Oscar's Evil Twin:  The 'Golden Rasberry' Awards

Part 3: John Wilson, creator of "The Razzies", on the worst films of 2013. Plus, comedian Dana Gould on a 1971 science fiction film that broke ground for featuring one of the first interracial kisses in cinematic history.

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