By Rajan Laad January 26, 2023
Cinema is a rare art form that transcends all boundaries and brings people together. Nowhere else does a diverse group of people sit together to experience similar emotions simultaneously. Audiences are enthralled together, they laugh together, they cheer together, they jeer together, they cry together, and if the work is admirable, they applaud together.......When award nominations are announced, many in the media study the demographic groups of the nominees instead of the quality of their work.
A few days back, the same Hollywood that sanctimoniously brands a large section of the public as bigots, was accused of bigotry for snubbing some critically acclaimed films by and about Black people. The film at the center of this controversy is Till..................Chukwu accused Hollywood of racism and sexism............Some were outraged that African American actress Viola Davis didn't clinch a Best Actress nomination for her role for The Woman King.......... So were they driven by racism and misogyny?
Before we decide that we must remember that auteurs such as Alfred Hitchcock, and Stanley Kubrick, never won an Oscar for directing. Harrison Ford hasn’t won an Oscar........Al Pacino didn’t win for the first two Godfather pictures or for Serpico, or for Dog Day Afternoon. Peter O’Toole didn’t win for Becket, The Lion in the Winter, Lawrence of Arabia, or any of his other masterly performances. Ultimately in 2003, O'Toole received an honorary Oscar.......... Citizen Kane, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Graduate, Apocalypse Now, Raging Bull, E.T., Goodfellas, Saving Private Ryan, The Shawshank Redemption, There Will Be Blood, and numerous other films that are considered classics were nominated for Best Picture, but never won the Oscar. Robert Redford never won an Oscar for any of his memorable acting performances -- he eventually got one for Best Director......
The snub for Till may hence not necessarily be driven by racism or misogyny, but perhaps due to a lack of awareness about the film........It was inevitable that this monster would eventually turn on its creator. It will be amusing to see how they get out of this pit.......To Read More....
My Take - Is it racism, misogyny, or maybe the people who vote didn't like the films or performance? Or maybe the studio arrogantly thought they didn't have to create "buzz" since Hollywood has become a sect in the Church of Wokeness? I have no idea, I've not seen any of the films at issue since I just don't go to the movies any longer, just as I don't watch sports any longer, and for the same reason.
So, maybe it was, maybe it wasn't, I don't know, but since "All Things Great and Small Are Racist", I've long stopped caring.