The Wall Street Journal has this intriguing report about the so-called Bigelow Snub: That the director of the movie Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow, was the victim of (ready now? It’s shocking!) right wing politics! That the Academy caved to right-wing criticism surrounding this movie and refused to nominate the director (the film was nominated for Best Picture and several other awards):
This being Hollywood, it’s possible they simply weren’t thinking. It’s also possible Ms. Bigelow lost out to better directors. But L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan was probably closer to the mark when he called Ms. Bigelow and her film “an undeserving victim of politics.”
“Anyone who knows the academy’s traditional aversion to controversy,” writes Mr. Turan, “knew that letter meant Oscar trouble for ‘Zero.’ It’s not even that surprising that it was the directors who caved in to the drumbeat of condemnation. As one of the smaller branches of the academy, it is more susceptible to the vagaries of outside pressure.”
I respect those who know more about this sort of thing but I’m not buying. If anything I would suggest political pressure ought to have the opposite effect on Hollywood. But maybe they are right. I think based on my reading about the movie that Zero Dark Thirty is a typical “America is evil” movie. That it competes with the worst President ever, Abraham Lincoln, is typical for Hollywood. No Sherwood movie has even been nominated for any Oscar. I’ll root for Les Miserables this year but I probably won’t watch the Oscar show. I am sure there’ll be political digs taken at, let’s see, the NRA this year! Maybe the GOP in Congress, too!
One thing I am sure to be right about is this: There is a Oscar snub and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences still can correct it but they’re running out of time: That’s the Reagan snub. I’ve blogged on this before.
There is one actor who was elected President of the United States. One who was not only a member of the Screen Actors Guild but was its president for at least seven years. If he had remained a liberal Democrat, he’d been awarded an honorary Oscar long ago! But Ronald Wilson Reagan, thank the Lord, did not remain a liberal Democrat but was the symbol of conservatism for a generation and still shines in the hearts of many of us: conservatives, libertarians and even some Democrats. There is plenty of honor for the 40th President in Eastern Europe, see this blog site for a summary. But none among his own: Actors and actresses. Why is that? It is clearly a political snub. It ought to stop. I suggest the Academy award Ronald Reagan an honorary Oscar. It’s not too late. Here is the contact site for the Academy. Give them a call today.