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Oscars: politics trump entertainment

It was a pleasant change to see Broadway musical-style entertainment courtesy of Oscars host Hugh Jackman, along with the upbeat improvements in the event, including the nominations of supporting and best actors/actresses by five previous winners. “Slumdog Millionaire” was certainly deserving of best picture. However, Hollywood’s social and political agenda is as alive and judgmental as ever. Best actor winner Sean Penn certainly didn’t disappoint his critics with his condescending attitude and scolding of Proposition 8 supporters. Nor did the comments of the original screenplay winner, Dustin Lance Black.

Nevertheless, the liberal agenda was pushed forward with the anti-Catholic “Doubt” and environmentalist “WALL-E” beating dead conservatives “Frost/Nixon” and the Boomer wish film, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

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  1. km
    February 24, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    If they were to have a mic for the losers, I am sure there would be more footage….. 😉

    Thanks Cecil.

  2. Cecil Jones
    February 24, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    In the time I spent last night watching the Oscars drip by, it dawned on me why they are so boring. The production is completely choreographed and totally plastic. The Oscars are an internal Hollywood award given to whomever they damn well please. The entire production is wrapped in plastic presented to the public as is. If you don’t believe the hype, then it’s an early night to turn in as so many of us do. Oscars can be improved by letting the voices speak truth to power. Set up a mic back stage after the award has been presented and let the winners speak. Edit their speeches and let the world see what they have to say. Let them be real and let their passion shine. It will give us all plenty to think about the next day. It will also give Hollywood plenty of footage to drive the hype and continue the political debate openly. You could set up a mic specifically for the losers too. I’d pay to see the “Loser’s Ball” with an open mic. Hugh Jackman did nothing. I say, “Whoopie.”

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