Now let me be clear. I think politics has a great and important place in filmmaking. It’s at the heart of some of my favorite movies, from The Lives of Others to the decidedly Marxist Potemkin. And, despite some quibbles, Argo, this year’s winner, is a worthy political film too.
It just doesn’t have a place in the Academy Awards. It’s bad enough the event is usually riddled with obligatory two-bit pot shots at the right (like Sunday’s gratuitous comment about the “Christian right” not liking vampires that drew a ripple of confused laughter). It’s now become a venue for outright electioneering.
Perhaps 2014’s awards could feature Nancy Pelosi, cheerleading the Democrats on in a bid to retake the House.
So here we go again. What do we do? Boycott them? Maybe the right should start its own Conservative and Libertarian Academy Awards. The problem is there won’t be many decent candidates.
But that’s the point. That’s why I considered not writing this article in the first place. (Obviously, I couldn’t resist.) Much more important than bitching about the Academy Awards – they’re only prizes, after all – is making movies of your own with themes that match your values.
If you don’t do that, it’s irrelevant whether Michelle Obama or Harry Reid host the Academy Awards.
Now hold on… there’s an idea. Harry Reid hosting the Academy Awards. Talk about vampires.