by Scott Creighton
Last year the Oscars were accused of racism. It wasn’t really fair because Hollywood has always been racist, last year was just highlighted because the divide and conquer effort across the country was fixated on race-baiting and the Oscars failed to nominate anyone of color for an award of substance.
In 2016, the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite popped up and folks like Dustin Hoffman made a point to let everyone know he was boycotting the ceremony. When was the last time Dustin was relevant at the Oscars? Anyone remember? He joined Chris Rock saying Hollywood is racist and always has been.
Well this year they fixed that. Kind of. Jimmy Kimmel made a joke about it in his opening monologue saying something like “Thank God for Trump because now the Oscars look less racist” or something like that. It went over like a lead balloon as you can probably imagine.
Moonlight, a movie about being a gay black man in the rough neighborhoods of Miami, came out of nowhere and won Best Picture beating out favorites Manchester By The Sea and La La Land. This year a number of black-themed films were released which were worthy of awards: Moonlight, Fences and Hidden Figures come to mind right off the bat.
But Moonlight was a big surprise taking the big prize at the Oscars. So much so, they weren’t announced as the winner on stage. That honor went to La La Land and those guys got up on stage and spoke for a couple minutes before the “mistake” was noticed and the Moonlight cast and crew were called up to get their second-hand trophy.
La La Land won:
- Best Director
- Best Actress
- Best Original Music Score
- Best Cinematography
- Best Production Design
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role
- Best Writing Adopted Screenplay
And of course.. Best Picture.
All I can say is that must have been one hell of a performance in a supporting role.
Both Best Supporting actor awards went to black actors as well. I have yet too see Fences or Moonlight so I cannot comment on their performances anymore than it seems like the Academy Awards seems to have “fixed” their little racism PR issue this year.
On another Oscar-related note, this year they decided to give an award for Best Documentary Short Subject to al-Qaeda’s PR team known as the White Helmets.
That’s a hell of a turn around, isn’t it? Talk about redemption. al-Qaeda goes from enemy of the free world and magical destroyer of 3 sky-scrappers with 2 planes in 2001 to winner of an Academy Award in 2017. I’m sorry, but that even beats the racism retooling switch we saw at the Oscars this year. That’s rebranding if I ever saw it.
Of course, it didn’t go without notice or comment on Twitter.
I don’t know what else we are supposed to expect from Hollywood. They’ve been run by Zionists, neocons and the CIA’s Mockingbirds forever.
Yet this year’s offering seems unusually transparent, doesn’t it?
Now I don’t know if Moonlight was a better film than La La Land or not. I’m not in a big rush to go see an urban jungle version of Brokeback Mountain any time soon.
But it does seem pretty odd timing that this film with it’s Best Supporting Actor beat out another with so many major awards the year after #OscarsSoWhite was a thing.
And of course, there is never a good reason to give an Academy Award to a bunch of PR guys working for the folks who supposedly blew up the Twin Towers and made a giant 767-200 disappear into the side of the Pentagon.
Maybe I’m old fashioned but that’s just the way I see it.
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