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02.02.10 35 Comments

(From left: Pete Hammond, Sandra Bullock, Retard Pig…)

If you don’t know who Pete Hammond is, he’s the film critic whose talent for sloppy hyperbole would rival Aunt Sylvia after a few Chardonnays, and who spent the early part of this year calling The Proposal “the year’s best comedy” (an eagle stole her Blackberry lol!).  He disappeared for a while, but now he’s back like a diabetic phoenix to take credit for Sandra Bullock’s Best Actress nomination for Blind Side. From Hollywood Elsewhere:

Here’s how it went down, according to an e-mail he sent around this morning:
“I first saw The Blind Side on the WB lot on October 15th. I called WB the next day and asked them afterwards if they knew what they had, that this was Bullock’s Erin Brockovich, and said she can get an Oscar nomination if they campaign it. They weren’t even planning to do that at this stage.
“I held off writing about it and predicting the Oscar nomination until Nov 4th — the first time I talked it up. […]
“On November 23rd I wrote about it again after the opening weekend’s boxoffice report and put out a public plea for someone, ANYONE to join me on buzzmeter in predicting Bullock. Again I was still alone.”
“That article was used by Santa Barbara Film Festival chief Roger Durling in convincing Sandra’s reps to commit to a tribute and award at the SBIFF when a Best Actress nomination seemed still like a longshot. He first contacted them after the first article on November 4th. He hadn’t even seen the movie at that point.”

Way to go, Pete.  Because, as we all know, getting a movie star’s publicist to agree to an embarrassing tribute at a minor film festival is job #1 for any professional film critic.  Here’s to you, buddy.  *tries to break champagne bottle over Pete’s fat belly, fails, drinks champagne*

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