Quick question: name the outlet that wrote the following about Sunday’s Oscars telecast: "What I did mind was a sinking feeling that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for all its inclusiveness, had wound up excluding more viewers than ever. Couldn’t they have promoted that dual appearance by Steve Martin and Chris Rock? Bang that drum just a little, and another 3 million viewers might have watched. Shouldn’t they have done just a little bit more of what Renée Zellweger attempted when she said something nice about those in the Armed Forces, or Bong when he devotedly quoted Martin Scorsese?"
You know what they say about a broken clock being right twice a day. Actress and Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan is nine times out of ten an insufferable lefty, but she served up such a searing indictment of Hollywood hypocrisy that we’re going to cheer for her today.
The Oscars, the highlight of the Hollywood awards season, aired February 9 on ABC. This year’s event proved to be much more political than last year, unfortunately. It’s an election year, you know.
Hollywood’s favorite 17-year-old climate change expert Greta Thunberg kicked off the documentary mash-up during the Oscars. She thanked David Attenborough for getting her interested in the environment through his documentaries. Attenbourgh’s latest documentary A Life on Our Planet, about how, according to the trailer “humans have overrun the world.”
The first half hour of the 92nd Academy Awards started off very woke on Sunday night on ABC, from the opening musical number being sung by a self-declared "queer, black artist" to Steve Martin and Chris Rock going on a riff about all the white nominees.
Hollywood awards acceptance speeches can be so political that sometimes you have to wonder, did they hire Obama’s speechwriter for this? What a crazy thought, right? According to one Hollywood outlet however, this is precisely what happens nowadays. Just in time for the Oscars on Sunday, February 9, New York Magazine’s pop culture site, Vulture, revealed that there are in fact Democrat speechwriters penning pithy and political thank yous for Hollywood stars as they accept the industry’s awards.
Along with the red carpet, Best Picture, and the Oscar itself, the annual Academy Awards has become synonymous with left-wing political speeches and grandstanding. Since 2016, MRC Culture's On TV blog has covered the Oscars in all its liberal glory, from the anti-Trump opening monologue jokes to the activist acceptance speeches.
The New York Times continues to ruin nights at the movies.Brooks Barnes and Nicole Sperling lamented the Academy Awards film nominations: “The Oscar Leaders, And the Overlooked – With 11, ‘Joker’ scores the most nominations.” “The Irishman,” “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and “1917” each received 10 nominations. Black actors and actresses were largely overlooked.” Don’t forget women either! The Times certainly didn’t. (It won’t shut up about it.) Also, Kyle Buchanan’s “Carpetbagger” column on Oscar nominations, “The Big Surprises And Glaring Snubs,” made a radical case for quotas.
Does the New York Times truly want a quota system for artistic excellence? That’s the gist of Friday's piece by reporters Nicole Sperling and Brooks Barnes, “Female Filmmakers Slighted Yet Again.” With the Times’ approval, the art police are manning (oops, sorry) the perimeters, marking the limits of permitted creativity: "Some are also troubled by the large number of Oscar contenders that feature (white) men lamenting a changing world."
ABC and CBS on Monday offered sneering shots at Green Book, the Oscar winner for best picture, as not being sufficiently enlightened enough. Deriding the movie as “problematic” and “inauthentic,” Good Morning America and CBS This Morning chided it as a film that “glosses over” Jim Crow-era horrors.
Apparently last night’s Oscars weren’t woke enough for some devout lefties. Despite jokes at the expense of Donald Trump, several mentions of the plight of immigrants, and of course some race-baiting from director Spike Lee, Daily Beast writer Kevin Fallon claimed that the show “made the case for its own irrelevancy.”
Hyped as an awards show sure to be full of surprises, the only real surprise is that there was so little political commentary in the words uttered by Hollywood celebrities. The 91st Academy Awards ceremony aired February 24 on ABC live from Los Angeles. The show had no host so celebrity presenters walked out as their names were announced.