February 26, 2012, - 10:26 pm
**** UPDATE: “The Artist” won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, so class won out, tonight. Also, thankfully, “former” illegal alien Demian Bichir lost. So sad, too bad. On the other hand, Nick Nolte was robbed in Best Supporting Actor in favor of Christopher Plummer in silly gay marriage propaganda movie, “Beginners.” ****
If you read my movie reviews on a regular basis, you know I loved “The Artist” (read my review), and it was my second pick for the Best Movies of 2011 (see the whole list). I hated the hypocritical, racist, cartoonish/caricaturish, anti-White, “The Help” (read my review), the hypocritical liberal author of which ripped off her own Black maid to write it, but preaches to White American women about racism decades ago, when today the racism is against Whites and Asians in the form of affirmative action, minority set asides and other multiples of reverse racism–the new racism. Tonight’s Oscars is a contest between “The Artist’s” classic glamor and style and the racism merchantry of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton on display in “The Help.” So far tonight, racists Jesse and Al are winning. No surprise there. We live in an age of Hollywood affirmative action and political correctness.
As a member of the Detroit Film Critics Society, I voted for “The Artist” in almost every category. I didn’t vote for “The Help,” not even once. (My votes, which I cast in early December are all posted below.) It’s the most overrated movie of 2011. Yes, racism against Black maids happened in the ’60s. But now, it’s the other way around. When Hollywood does a movie about every White kid from Appalachia or just plain suburban Detroit who loses a chance at a job or admission to college because someone Black with less qualifications got affirmative action–or when Hollywood does a movie about every White male whose construction company misses out on government contracts because some guy who is 1/4th Black or “native American” or Latino got it instead, then we’ll have a movie that deserves an Oscar about racism, the racism that exists today.
“The Help” is about racism that mostly doesn’t exist anymore (especially to that degree)–except in the practice of its rich liberal author who ripped off her poor Black maid’s story (a modern-day story, which would be far more interesting on the silver screen). And we’ve paid for that racism through the nose with every single race-based college admission, hire, promotion, minority set-aside, Justice Department lawsuit against a small business that doesn’t have the right percentage of minorities through no fault of its struggling owners, etc. But that’s not the slice of life that the real 1%–the people of showbiz and Hollywood–know. They don’t live like the rest of us.
The people who are members of “the Academy of Motion Pictures” don’t have to live in the real world in which their kids are passed over for less qualified minorities or in which they lose out on a film project because they didn’t have the fortuitous birth into minority status. That’s why they love the dated, anachronistic, “The Help.” If we had more of the glamour and class of “The Artist” at the movies and less shove-it-up-America’s-ass politics of race-baiting movies like “The Help,” we’d be better off.
But Billy Crystal and the Oscar folk are too busy making the important observations of our time: jokes claiming the Republican choices on Super Tuesday are crack addicts (unlike Barack Obama, the only admitted illegal drug addict–and probably salesman–running for Prez).
As with his flat jokes, the Oscars isn’t about the best. It’s about left-wing politics. Period.
Here’s how I voted as a member of the Detroit Film Critics Society. We could vote for up to five nominations in each category, with the first choice most weighted (five points) and so on.
Warrior (5 points)
The Artist (4)
Jane Eyre (3)
Another Earth (2)
Michel Hazanavicus, The Artist (5 points)
Martin Scorsese, Hugo (4)
Peter Weir, The Way Back(3)
Cary Fukunaga, Jane Eyre (2)
Mike Cahill, Another Earth (1)
Jean Dujardin, The Artist (5 points)
Asa Butterfield, Hugo (4)
Berenice Bejo, The Artist (5 points)
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn (4)
Mia Wasikowska, Jane Eyre (3)
Brit Marling, Another Earth (2)
Juliette Binoche, Certified Copy (1)
Nick Nolte, Warrior (5 points)
Jonah Hill, Moneyball (4)
Michael Fassbender, Jane Eyre (3)
William Mapother, Another Earth (2)
Amy Adams, The Muppets (5 points)
Chloe Grace Moretz, Hugo (4)
Elle Fanning, Super 8 (3)
Brit Marling, Another Earth (5 points)
Hugo (5 points)
Our Idiot Brother (4)
The Artist (5 points)
Warrior (3 )
Another Earth (2)
Candyman: The David Klein Story (5 points)
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness (4)
Square Grouper (3)
Tags: Academy Awards, affirmative aciton, Movie Reviews, Oscars, Racism, The Artist, The Help