Photo: Actress Patricia Arquette argued for equal pay at the 2015 Oscars.
I’ll not be watching the Academy Awards Sunday. I refuse to waste my time on those radical lefty America-hating pukes.
Today’s Hollywood productions are NOT my cup of tea. I see there are a whopping 10 nominees for BEST PICTURE. To me that’s laughable. I don’t think there were 10 worthwhile films released last year, especially worthy of being called “BEST.” Is that all they got?
What idea am I referring to in the above title?
I’ll get to that, but first, from the Oscar broadcast of March 27, 1973, 49 years ago from this year’s ceremony.
Presenters are Roger Moore and Liv Ullmann.
Note the smattering of boos drowned out by applause from the mutual admiration society. My guess is there would be zero boos at this weekend’s ceremony if some trophy winner made any type of commentary claiming discrimination.
The show’s producer had threatened to physically remove Littlefeather and arrest her if her speech exceeded 60 seconds.
Some rumors claim that an angry John Wayne, backstage, tried to encounter Littlefeather after her brief acceptance speech, but was stopped by six men.
A few years after the Littlefeather circus, in 1978, Best Supporting Actress Vanessa Redgrave referred to protestors — who opposed her support for the PLO and condemnation of Israel — as “Zionist hoodlums.”
Later that evening, screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky — a presenter and former Oscar-winner himself — responded “I’m sick and tired of people exploiting the occasion of the Academy Awards for the propagation of their own personal political propaganda.” He wasn’t done: “I would like to suggest to Miss Redgrave that her winning an Academy Award is not a pivotal moment in history, does not require a proclamation, and a simple ‘thank you’ would have sufficed.”
Now to the idea I love. It comes from Matt McDonald:
But will the luvvies be able to resist trotting out all the usual fashionable platitudes about sex, race and gender? The producers of the Oscars certainly hope so. Last year’s telecast only attracted 10.4 million viewers, down from 23.6 million in 2020, and various initiatives have been introduced to boost the audience figures.
For instance, this year’s hosts are three potty-mouthed comedians: Amy Schumer, Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes. Schumer has said she intends to emulate Ricky Gervais, whose politically incorrect monologues as host of the Golden Globes have attracted huge audiences on social media. “I’m going to get myself in some trouble,” she said earlier this month. “I’ll burn every bridge.”
Here’s (a) suggestion: why not introduce a rule whereby any winner who expresses support for a political cause during their acceptance speech has to forfeit their gold statuette? This is a role that Ricky Gervais was born for. I can imagine him marching up to Steven Spielberg, snatching the Oscar from his hand and saying: “Sorry, but a man who owns a $70 million private jet doesn’t get to lecture us about climate change.”
But in truth I don’t expect 2022’s Academy Awards to be much of a departure from previous years, i.e. a snorefest of nonstop virtue signaling. Just as most leading Democrats cannot help but engage in ritualized bouts of racial self-flagellation, even though they know it’s Kryptonite to white working-class voters, so multi-millionaire movie stars will drone on about the under-representation of women and minorities in spite of the television audience’s lack of interest in their political views.. It will be a few years yet before America’s liberal establishment learns the lesson that’s currently being meted out to the mainstream media: get woke, go broke.
Matt McDonald is the US managing editor of The Spectator.