Best of the best…
MO showed at the Oscars to open the envelope for best picture. Those bangs certainly got a bit longer. Amazing how much her “hair” grows in a couple of weeks. There should be a couple of new categories added to the Oscars. Best Actor for his portrayal as POTUS and, Best Actress for her portrayal as FLOTUS. BO and MO would win those two categories in a NY second. “Argo” won best pic award. MO announced the win so BO would get credit for saving the embassy staffers. That should quiet all the talk about Benghazi and the absent Preezy who let Americans be captured and killed by his policy of “leading from behind”.
Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days, but a handful of embassy staff were sheltered by the Canadian ambassador. Their escape, using a fake movie as a cover story, is recounted in “Argo.”
The semiofficial Mehr news agency called the Oscar “politically motivated” because First Lady Michelle Obama, from the White House, joined Jack Nicholson via video link in Los Angeles to help present the best picture prize.
Iran’s state TV called the movie “an advertisement for the CIA.”
Iran’s culture minister, Mohammad Hosseini, said Hollywood has “distorted history” as part of what Iranian officials call a “soft war” of cultural influence in Iran.
But retired teacher, Reza Abbasi, who saw the Revolution first-hand, said: “I know Hollywood usually changes reality to make it attractive for movie lovers, but more or less it was close to the realities then.”
If you missed the show, as I did, Deadline Hollywood has the snark. “Not for the easily offended or ridiculousyly naive”.
As if Hanoi Jane wasn’t fuel enough. Oh My God – the Academy actually fans the fire by drafting First Lady Michelle Obama to help present Best Picture from presumably the White House? So unnecessary and inappropriate to inject so much politics into the Oscars yet again. Hollywood will get pilloried by conservative pundits for arranging this payoff for all the campaign donations it gave the President’s reelection campaign. I don’t understand this very obvious attempt to infuriate right-leaning audiences. Clearly the studios only want to sell their movies to only half of America.
1.5 billion in subsidies goes to the entertainment industry and there is very little to show for it except pols photo-ops with the “stars”, and the Oscar for government subsidies goes to….
About $1.5 billion in tax credits and exemptions, grants, waived fees and other financial inducements went to the film industry in 2010, according to data analyzed by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Politicians like to offer this largess because they get photo-ops with celebrities, but the economic payoff is minuscule. George Mason University’s Adam Thierer has called this “a growing cronyism fiasco” and noted that the number of states involved skyrocketed to 45 in 2009 from five in 2002.
In its 2012 study “State Film Studies: Not Much Bang For Too Many Bucks,” the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that film-related jobs tend to go to out-of-staters who jet in, then leave. “The revenue generated by economic activity induced by film subsidies,” the study notes, “falls far short of the subsidies’ direct costs to the state. To balance its budget, the state must therefore cut spending or raise revenues elsewhere, dampening the subsidies’ positive economic impact.”
These are the Obama’s new peeps, the cronies of the entertainment industry who raised oodles of cash to help him retain his office. While they rant and rave about helping the poor and downtrodden little guy, they are stuffing their pockets with your money and living a luxe lifestyle.
Meanwhile, Hollywood millionaires still tout their regard for the little guy while decrying the unfairness in America. Spare us the self-righteous piety.
For a group of people who spend a lot of time gazing at themselves in the mirror, on magazine covers and on screens across America they are a remarkably unreflective group of people. For all the looking they never see the hypocrisy.
No wonder Barack Obama finds Hollywood such a congenial place. He feels right at home.
- Overexposed: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama presents Best Picture award at Oscars… (bluegrasspundit.com)
- Oscar for Argo politically motivated, says Iran (thehindu.com)
- Iran dismisses “Argo” best picture Oscar (cbsnews.com)