February 27, 2017
Spicy Satire for Traumatic Times
BLACK FILM ALMOST CHEATED BY WHITE HOLLYWOOD
Hollywood tries to deny diversity even in its triumphant hour
What does an African-American movie need to do to win a best picture award? After last year’s protests that the Oscars were too white, with not a single nominee of color in a major award category, things were going to be different this year. There were black award nominees galore, including two films for best picture, and Viola Davis did win for best supporting actress.
The Academy even voted “Moonlight” the winner of this year’s Oscar for achievement in a motion picture, but the white guys tried to give it to “La La Land” anyway, leaving the 89th Academy Awards grand finale in confusion as the usual Jewish producers clutched the Oscars to their breasts and the narrator proclaimed that the musical about Los Angeles had tied a record with its seven Academy Awards, including best picture.
Only it hadn’t. Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, doing the best dead Bonnie and Clyde impersonation, reading from a previous award card for Emma Stone that Beatty somehow was handed, announced, “La La Land,” and viewers at home sighed as they turned on the news, only to learn that they hadn’t seen what they just saw.
The white guys graciously handed over the hardware as the mistake was explained, but even Jimmy Kimmel was at a loss for a funny word as the real La La Land stole the show. Next year’s host will have fun with this one for the whole four hours.
Oh well, it is the year of Fake News, isn’t it?