Jokes about the industry’s prejudice against African Americans. Check.
Jokes about the industry’s prejudice against immigrants. Check.
Clarion calls for equal pay for women. Check.
Call-outs against government surveillance programs. Check.
And lest we forget that “The Lego Movie” hit musical-number “Everything is awesome” is actually about the dangers of conformity and compliance–though you wouldn’t know it from the dancing workmen and pixie-singers belting out the number.
And that’s the funny thing about the Academy Awards. As a die-hard leftist, they should make me happy. The Oscars have a history of serving as a platform for progressive actors standing on the stage and making pleas for such important causes as civil rights or environmental protection. When Patricia Arquette ended her speech with a thrilling and bold call for equal rights for women, I was thrilled and excited. But then a couple car and cellphone commercials later, and it quickly dawned on me how insignificant and superficial all that righteous progressive idealism was.
Yes, a few more people will watch “CitizenFour” as a result of its Oscar win. And Patricia Arquette will trend on Twitter for another 24 hours. And Mexican-born filmmaker Alejandro Iñárritu’s career is set. But the liberal wave that swept our Twitter accounts and Facebook updates last night is already lost in a surge of anti-Obama-fueled pro-“American Sniper” outrage that is sure to persist long after Oscar night and into the next Presidential Election.
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It’s easy to get swept into something as culturally sweeping as the Academy Awards, which I watched for the first time last night in a few years, but as has already been reportedly extensively, viewership dropped catastrophically. Like NPR and Rachel Maddow, it’s naval-gazing for the liberal left, and increasingly exists in its own bubble of glamour and self-congratulatory hooey. Honestly, I wish it wasn’t the case.