Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Another politically correct Oscars

The Oscars have become so political now that they really don't mean much at all. Last year, for example, the Best Actor award went to Sean Penn for his portrayal of murdered gay activist Harvey Milk. But Mickey Rourke's turn in The Wrestler was vastly superior.

And this year the Best Film went to The Hurt Locker, and Best Director to Kathryn Bigelow. This was just crazy. Surely Avatar was the better film, and James Cameron the more accomplished director. Okay, the script was a bit silly, what with its dark green subtext, floating mountains, "unobtanium" and all. However, it was surely the most visually stunning movie ever made; a real "game changer". Nowadays, with all the amazing technology already routinely utilized by film-makers, this was no mean feat. It was not unlike a hundred meter sprinter breaking the nine second barrier without drugs.

But this was all ignored in favour of making a pro-feminist statement, neatly timed to coincide with International Women's Day.


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