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October 22nd, 2007

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When Awards Become Politicized
 
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From:bayarts
Date:October 22nd, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
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I don't like it when people use the awards podium to make a political statement...as in when they espouse their political beliefs instead of simply accepting the award and saying, "Thanks"....and I agree with the article's complaints about there being so many award programs these days that they are no longer special. However, I adamantly disagree with the contention that some of the films named in the article won awards on their political stances rather than because of their merit. Specifically, "Crash", a film that I was initially reluctant to see. I found it to be a surprisingly well-acted film, and "Brokeback Mountainthe story of which was a well-written, excellently-crafted love story that was beautifully shot in some of this country's most gorgeous territory and whose focus did not advocate being gay so much as it illustrated the challenges of being gay in the time period in which it was set.

Politics ARE life. Life is what politics are all about and when I watch a film, I enjoy seeing the writer/filmmaker's points of view about life, even if they aren't my own...or if they are. Just as "Patton" swept the Oscars in its day. I will not deny that it was a great film, even though it does not coincide with my own belief system. The same can be said for "Walking Tall" which offended my political sensibilities yet caused me to appreciate the good acting, realistic writing and portrayal of the main character. My point is that whether a liberal or a conservative express their life's views in a film, I base my opinion of that film on the quality of the writing, the acting, the cinematography and other cinematic merits whether it is politically conservative or politically liberal or politically neutral. I felt the writer of that article was way off the mark in some of his criticism. It gave cause for me to wonder if he had, in fact, even seen the films about which he had commented.
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From:john_holton
Date:October 22nd, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
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Then, on the other hand, she (Cinnamon is a she) might have felt that one of the other nominees ("Capote", "Munich" or "Good Night, and Good Luck") should have won. Personally, I think "Capote" should have won that year, but what do I know?

Remember, the film industry is an industry. Artistic achievement, political statement, etc. is second to how much money a film makes. It's surprising that "Brokeback" didn't win only because it made more money than "Crash".

In short, she's probably wrong as far as Hollywood is concerned because she lost sight of this...
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From:bayarts
Date:October 22nd, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
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oops. "She"...sorry.

I agree with you about "Capote". Blew me away, that one.

Yes, you're right...the film industry IS an industry. THOSE are the types of politics in film that I *really* object to. Handing out awards based on $ rather than talent. I think that is just wrong!

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