This would be part 2
Jeremy looks cuter when Lucky is in the picture, lol
More on the morons who pick the Oscars, in History and Today:
OP/ED By Jeremy Steele
“Obscene, dirty and grotesque”. These are the words Dustin Hoffman
once used to describe the Oscars. Twice he skipped the ceremony for his nominations
in 1969 (Midnight Cowboy) and 1974 (Lenny), although he would have a change
of heart, as he strode up to the podium he once cursed and accepted his Best Actor Oscar for Kramer vs. Kramer.
He even gave a goofy acceptance speech: “I’d like to thank my mother and father for not practicing
birth control,” he gushed.
Here’s an anagram for: Academy Awards : A SCAM, ADD WEARY
Who the fuck are these pathetic assholes who pick the Oscar Winners, anyway?
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), maintains a voting membership of over 5,800. Actors constitute the largest voting bloc, numbering 1,311 members (22 percent) of the Academy’s
composition. The Oscars are generally voted on by members of the entertainment industry; thus, important films that have had the most people working on them generally become nominated.
Director William Friedkin (of “The Exorcist”), an Oscar winner and producer of the Academy Awards, spoke critically of the awards at a conference in New York in 2009. He characterized the Academy Awards as “the greatest promotion scheme that any industry ever devised for itself”.
The motion picture academy has a dark past which it constantly seems to over-compensate for. Thus it’s ugly past heeds only to an uglier, ever more muddled, present.
The hearing impaired were first recognized at the 1977 ceremony. As Debby Boone crooned her Oscar-nominated ballad, “You Light Up My Life,” 11 fresh-faced “deaf” students signed beside her. But the production number proved more infuriating than inspiring. The next day, the papers reported that the kids weren’t deaf at all, and worse, their “signing” was mumbo-jumbo.
1977 was also the year that Annie Hall would win over Star Wars for Best Picture.
The Oscars are supposed to represent the pinnacle of dreams come true. However, the reality is usually something different. Acting prizes have often been criticized for not recognizing superior performances so much as being awarded for sentimental reasons, personal popularity, atonement for past mistakes, or presented as a “career honor” to recognize a distinguished nominee’s entire body of work; anything but simply picking the best damn movie.
And the dream that MLK Jr once had of man judging man based on the content of their character instead of the color of their skin, has been replaced by race-centric opportunistic hustlers crying “racism” every chance they can, seeing everything in terms of black and white. They are essentially guilty of the very things they accuse whites of, and that is being racist.
This year, When Mo’Nique began her acceptance speech for the best supporting actress Oscar with, “I would like to thank the Academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics.” In the next line of her speech: “I want to thank Miss Hattie McDaniel for enduring all that she had to, so that I would not have to. “
“Not the politics”, my ass! It’s ALL politics, Mo’nique, and politics in art accolades doesn’t serve your race; namely- the Human Race.
Mo’nique may have deserved to win based on her performance, but we may never know for sure thanks to the current trend of a pathetically obsequious academy to show how non-racist against blacks they ‘really” are.
Hattie McDaniel, who Mo’nique was referring to (for her role in “Gone With The Wind”. She also made an appearance in “The Little Rascals”) was not only the first African-American to win an Academy Award butthe first to be allowed into the ceremony in anything but a serving capacity — they stuck her at a table in the back. If she had wanted to launch a schmooze campaign for the Oscar she won in 1940, it would have been virtually impossible. She was barred from attending the “Gone With the Wind” premiere in Atlanta,because it would have been against Georgia law for her to sit in a theater with white people.
Several years ago, when Sidney Poitier was acknowledged for his achievements, Denzel Washington and Halle Berre won best Actor and Actress, respectively. There was talk about the “need” to name Washington Best Actor in part because he is an African American.
But, what about the need of just picking a winner, regardless of race politics? Is this not racism?
As of that year it had been 39 years since Sidney Poitier became the first African American male to win for a leading role, in Lilies of the Field. Considering that blacks comprise about 13% of the U.S. population, It really seemed that it was “African American” night at the Oscars, that year.
Washington beat Russel Crow (A Beautiful Mind) as critics had decried Crowe’s generally roguish behavior of late, including a recent tangle with a BBC executive at an awards show, as reason enough not to vote for him.
Eddie Murphy once commented that at first he didn’t want to present Best Picture because of the lack of black actors winning Oscars. This year, “Precious” director Lee Daniels is only the second African American (after John Singleton) to be nominated, and as he said last Tuesday “I am the first African American to be nominated for a movie that was produced by an African American.”
I’m glad the oscars now show how racist they aren’t any more (at all other races’expense). Next gays need to come out of the closet on stage and complain about why have gay themed movies not won? Estimates vary, but gays are considered to comprise between 5 to 10% of the population.
In 2006, MSNBC’s Erik Lundegaard wrote that giving the Best Picture Oscar to “Crash” instead of “Brokeback Mountain” amounted to the “worst Best Picture winner since ‘The Greatest Show on Earth.’”, which is often ridiculed as the worst Oscar-winning Best Picture of all time. In 1952, “High Noon” was snubbed and the academy gave Best Picture Oscar to “The Greatest Show on Earth”, Also, “Moulin Rouge” (the original starring Jose Ferrer) one of my favorite movies of that year was nominated but didn’t win.
But beyond race, nationality and sexual orientation, we have other major problems with the Academy. Along with great individual works, we have ENTIRE GENRES of films that get snubbed year after year. If thesemovie genres were individual races there would be riots on the streets at this point in our history.
The Academy Awards have come under criticism for having a bias towards certain types of performances and film genres. The Best Picture prize has NEVER been given to a FILM NOIR, SCIENCE FICTION or an ANIMATED FILM; and rarely are horror, fantasy, comedy and westerns recognized by AMPAS.
In 1977, a revolutionary film called Star Wars lost the Oscar to Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. Was Annie Hall really a greater film than Star Wars? Where is Annie Hall’s long enduring cult following? Why don’t we have Woody Allen and Mia Farrow action figures, along with his adopted daughter which kids can pretend to have him molest?
“It’s become much more than just about the performances and the pictures,” said New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick. “It’s become a popularity contest, a spin-and-spend contest.””It is a political campaign,” “There is no real difference between this and politics. The Academyis in serious need of campaign reform.”