Oscars 2021: Oscars So Woke and So Boring
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, and Dr Tom Snyder, Editor
The Oscar ceremony Sunday night had a couple unexpected surprises, but, for the most part, it was a boring affair filled with predictable, boring moments and rather predictable, boring selections.
Marxist “diversity” was the main theme of the evening. For example, according to The Hollywood Reporter, only four of the 18 presenters were white males. Also, multiple references were made during the ceremony to the importance of racial diversity, even though the Best Actor awards went to two white people. Finally, three or four times during the broadcast, people talking about the movie JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH, which won two awards, mentioned what a great guy Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader in the movie, was, even though in the movie he quotes the violent rhetoric of mass murderer Mao Tse-tung and calls for killing every police officer in the country in the movie.
As predicted by many pundits, the movie NOMADLAND won for Best Director, Best Actress and Best Picture. People complained, however, that Anthony Hopkins took home the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in THE FATHER, over the late Chadwick Boseman, the sentimental favorite for his role in MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM. Boseman’s early death was indeed a terrible tragedy, but Hopkins gave a tremendous performance in THE FATHER.
Should the racist Marxist quest for racial “diversity” trump excellence? Wiser heads would say, “No.” If racial identity were the ultimate standard, then why even let black nominees compete, much less white nominees? They’ve won plenty of awards in the past. Time to let the people of Outer Mongolia and Papua New Guinea have a chance.
Perhaps the evening’s biggest outrage, however, was the shortened In Memorium segment, where major film exemplars like Sean Connery, Olivia de Havilland and Carl Reiner got short shift, and other noteworthy people, like Jessica Walter and Michael Lonsdale, didn’t even get mentioned. The names went by so fast, they barely registered.
Finally, instead of ending with Best Picture, the ceremony ended with the best acting awards, a very strange choice. Moreover, the ceremony took away all suspense by listing the Best Director award early. Predictably, the Best Director award went to Chloe Zhao, the Chinese director of NOMADLAND, the second woman to win the award and the first “woman of color.”
As a result, the 93rd annual Academy Awards recorded its lowest TV ratings in history. Nielsen Live+Same Day preliminary national numbers fell 58% compared to last year’s ceremony, with only 9.85 million viewers.