After receiving his first-ever Academy Award, actor and climate activist Leonardo DiCaprio used part of his acceptance speech to harp on his favorite subject: catastrophic climate change.
DiCaprio called climate change the “most urgent threat facing our entire species” and blamed big corporations for contaminating initiative on the issue. Nevermind, his jet-setting, yacht-renting ways.
“Outstanding.” That’s how Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts described liberal Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change speech at the Oscars. The journalists at ABC were thrilled over the movie star’s advocacy. Lara Spencer hyped, “And Leo with his sixth Oscar nomination finally having his moment taking home best actor and using it as a platform for global change.”
Hollywood is infamously liberal and the Oscars are always a night when they really let their political freak flags fly. Whether it’s activist films or actors lecturing to the American public during acceptance speeches, politics inevitably takes center stage, especially in an election year.
Vice President Joe Biden stopped by the 88th Annual Academy Awards and was given a hero's welcome by a room of rich white liberals who no doubt want him to jump into the race for president.
Comedian Chris Rock was under a lot of pressure to "speak truth to power" in his second turn as host of the 88th Annual Academy Awards. The lack of black actors and actresses nominated has dominated Oscar coverage again this year, with pledges from Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee to boycott and the Academy to change the racial makeup of its members. Rock reportedly even rewrote his opening monologue after the Oscar nominations were revealed in mid-January and the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag started trending.
Spike Lee has made it well-known that he will refuse to attend the Oscars next month. Less well-known is what Spike intends to do with his time when he’s not at the Oscars.
Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican blasted conservatives on Monday's CNN Tonight for criticizing actress Patricia Arquette for her politicized acceptance speech at the Oscars. Breznican actually went after Don Lemon for stating that "winners and presenters bring their often-liberal-leaning political and social issues to the ceremony." Breznican asserted: "I can't really think of anything last night that was actually liberal."
Let’s see if this is something the networks air in their Oscar reviews: a thank you to God.
In his acceptance speech for Best Actor, McConaughey declared, “First off, I want to thank God, because that’s who I look up to.” Matthew McConaughey won his Oscar on March 2 for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof who smuggles drugs to help AIDS patients after he himself is diagnosed in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Besides McConaughey’s significant weight loss for the role, the movie fell under controversy when co-star Jared Leto played Rayon, a transgender woman, as a straight man. Article continues after the video.
Looks like the media are tiring of their attack on life, at least when that life turns out to be a celebrity success story.
During his acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor, Jared Leto told the story of his mother who fought to create a better life for him despite her status as a high school dropout and single mother. From Time magazine to ABC News, the media offered only praise for Leto’s words.
Few spectacles are more satisfying than watching the left eat its own. That’s especially true when conscientious liberals find that speech or actions that were common-place weeks or months ago are suddenly taboo among other lefties. Witness what happened when poor, hapless Piers Morgan recently fawned over a transgender guest but was crucified for not slavishly memorizing the latest acceptable LGBT (Etc.) terminology.
Something similar has happened to Jared Leto. His crime was being a straight actor who sympathetically played a transgender in “Dallas Buyers Club,” which is in the running for Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday.
In a report on Tuesday's NBC Today that only briefly mentioned criticism of First Lady Michelle Obama's appearance during Sunday's Academy Awards, White House correspondent Kristen Welker gushed that people were "still buzzing" over the "Oscar finale that no one saw coming."
Welker described Obama's recent "media blitz": "The First Lady has been popping up all over the place lately, on Jimmy Fallon, sharing a moment with Big Bird...And talking hairdos with Rachel Ray." Welker then cited New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor seeing it as "all a part of a carefully crafted PR plan." A sound bite of Kantor followed: "It's almost as if her real strategy is a kind of charm offensive that is then intended to build support for her husband's initiatives."
New York Times reporter Jennifer Steinhauer missed the point in her Tuesday take on Michelle Obama's "star turn" on Oscar night to announce the award for best picture at the Academy Awards, "A Tale of Secret Talks and Intrigue Behind Michelle Obama's Oscars Appearance."
She may not have walked the red carpet, but Michelle Obama -- all bangs and biceps and bling -- had her own star turn during Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony, when she announced the winner for best picture via satellite from the White House.