Such arrogance! Such gall!
Once again, the Academy Awards show last night was used as a political soapbox. Extremely overpaid people who lie for a living, aka actors, deem themselves our superiors in moral judgment and political knowledge by lecturing down to us.
[T]his year’s Oscar telecast…played out like a response to Trump, his policies, and even his persona, even though his name wasn’t even mentioned.
“The 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history,” said Spike Lee, who won his first Oscar for the screenplay to “BlacKkKlansman.”
Jose Andres, a Trump nemesis, joining with Diego Luna to introduce best picture nominee “Roma,” said the movie “reminds us of the understanding and compassion that we all owe to the invisible people in our lives — immigrants and women — who move humanity forward.”
Hillary Clinton reinforced the point when she tweeted, “Well said, @chefjoseandres #Oscars.”
“There are no borders or walls that can restrain ingenuity and talent,” said Javier Bardem as he presented best foreign language film, his words translated in English subtitles….
Best actor winner Rami Malek noted that Freddie Mercury was an immigrant, and that he was “the son of immigrants from Egypt, a first-generation American.”
…Maya Rudolph, presenting along with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, took a dig at the Academy’s foibles and at the president. “There’s no host, there won’t be a popular movie category, and Mexico is not paying for the wall.”
The Nielsen ratings for last night’s Oscars are not yet published. I didn’t watch the show; the last time I watched was 15 years ago, in 2004, when the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King won 11 Academy Awards. Last year’s broadcast was the least-watched in modern history with 26.5 million viewers tuning in.
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