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What’s More Inane than “2016: Obama’s America” Filmmakers Whining About Oscar?

What's More Inane than "2016: Obama's America" Filmmakers Whining About Oscar?

What’s more inane? That Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of “Schindler’s List “and “2016: Obama’s America” and the doc’s director Dinesh D’Souza believe they should have been on the Oscar shortlist for best documentary? Or that The Hollywood Reporter published a story about their ridiculously unfounded complaints? According to the trade/gossip rag, the filmmakers state that their film’s lack of recognition by the Academy proves that the industry is biased against conservatives. What they don’t account for, of course, is that the film’s lack of recognition by the Academy may be, in fact, because the movie is bad.

it just goes to show how out-of-whack Molen and D’Souza are if they think just because a movie makes a lot of money it should be considered for awards. D’Souza said, “By ignoring 2016, the top-performing [documentary] box-office hit of 2012, and pretending that films like Searching for Sugar Man and This Is Not a Film are more deserving of an Oscar, our friends in Hollywood have removed any doubt average Americans may have had that liberal political ideology, not excellence, is the true standard of what receives awards.”

But when did “excellence” ever have anything to do with box-office performance? Did the filmmakers behind “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” or “Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides”–the top-grossing three films of 2011–complain when they weren’t nominated for awards last year?

I’d also like to say to all the right-wingers who commented on my site when I declared that the success of D’Souza’s film wouldn’t do a damn thing to swing the election against Obama: TOLDJA.

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Jessica Rosner

What is particularly inane and insulting is that D'Souza clearly knows NOTHING about SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN or THIS IS NOT A FILM. Out of 15 excellent documentaries short listed he manages to pick two of the very few view ( 4 total by my count) that even a paranoid right winger would not call "liberal". A film about the search for a forgotten musician and a "film" about a director who refuses to be silenced by the repressive Iranian government despite facing a six year jail term and a ban on film making. Heck you would think a right winger would love THIS IS NOT A FILM if they actually bothered to watch it. Mr. D'Souza could have thrown darts at a board with the shortlisted doc titles and not looked as ignorant as he does in singling out SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN and THIS IS NOT A FILM in his petulant rant.

Full disclosure I am the booker for THIS IS NOT A FILM ( I went on Mr. D'Souza's FB page and offered him a screener)

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