HALLE BERRY and KEVIN BACON have spoken out against the new ban on sending
special DVDs and videos to ACADEMY AWARD voters.
Earlier this month (OCT3), JACK VALENTI, president of the MOTION PICTURE
ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (MPAA), announced the restrictions as part of a plan to
counter film piracy.
But the move has been met with fierce opposition from many corners of the
Hollywood industry, with screen beauty Berry insisting she'd never have won the
coveted best actress OSCAR had such restrictions been in place two years ago
She says, "I think the small movies will really be affected by it. I know
MONSTER'S BALL for me, that never would have been my reality had these tapes
not gone out. I know this."
Bacon, meanwhile, disagrees with the move because he never has the time to
see all of the nominated films in movie theatres.
He says, "I like the experience of being in a movie theatre way better
than I do the experience of watching a movie at home. But when Oscar time rolls
around, I can't see all those movies. How can I possibly see everything that