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RNC Spox Shreds Hollywood Elite for Muted Applause for Troops

It's hard to forget how Hollywood's brightest stars did more than applaud Roman Polanski when he won the Best Director Oscar in 2003 for "The Pianist."

They gave a man who admitted to drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl a standing ovation. Even Meryl Streep stood and cheered.

Not all subjects bring the Hollywood elite to their feet, though. We learned that recently during Sunday's Oscars telecast, the lowest rated event in Academy Award history.

Host Jimmy Kimmel drew the expected chuckles and cheers from the crowd throughout the night as he saluted the #MeToo movement and dubbed President Donald Trump a racist. Just like last year.

One part of the ceremony drew a different, more tepid response. Veteran actor Wes Studi, who starred in the powerful Western "Hostiles," took the stage mid-show to salute the men and women of the U.S. military. Studi shared how he served his country during the Vietnam War, and then asked the crowd if anyone in the theater could say something similar.

Awkward titters commenced.

Studi then introduced a video clip montage of American war films, a tribute to the real soldiers who have fought and died for our nation. The audience applauded on cue, but hardly with the kind of enthusiasm some might expect. Cameras panned the crowd, catching director Christopher Nolan, among others, clapping robotically with little to no passion.

Compare that to the Polanski reception 15 years ago.

Quite a difference.