Hollywood Reporter Reveals 2012 Rule Breakers With 4 Covers
This story first appeared in the Jan. 10, 2013, issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
When CNN ’s Candy Crowley dared to contradict Mitt Romney during the presidential debate she moderated, telling him he was wrong to state Barack Obama hadn’t mentioned terrorism in his initial comments on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, it wasn’t just a defining moment in the election; it was one of the defining moments of 2012.
She already had broken one rule: that debate moderators should be men (ideally white men, at that). Now she was breaking another, effectively implying moderators could and should step in when the facts are wrong — bloviators and critics be damned.
Her intervention didn’t just break a rule; it changed the rules. And that’s what this year’s great rule breakers have done. They’ve shown there’s no such thing as the “exception” to a rule. The rule itself must change — even if it’s one as simple as, “You can’t kill off your main character each week,” which The Walking Dead’s 10 million viewers happily defied.
Steven Spielberg committed his own act of defiance when he risked $65 million on a history lesson about the passage of the 13th Amendment, proving audiences were willing to spend more than $100 million on a talky period piece without robots, zombies or special effects. So did Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal when they took on one of the most controversial subjects of our time, dealing with such issues as torture and women inside the CIA , proving you can alienate both the left and the right — and still make a great film.
Those who break the rules might not always succeed, but those who don’t almost always fail. That’s one rule that remains infallible.
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