When someone dies the term ‘Oscar winner’ is always in the Obit if it applies even if its 40 years after the fact. Films that win almost always experience a box office bump. However, if you regard cinema as trivial to begin with that’s different.
Well, of course. There's still a lot of liberals around ;-) and people that want to be 'in'. Lol. Like that communist book that Chavez gave to Obama went to a top seller on Amazon. That guy will probably get an award now. It means nothing to me and to a whole lot of people who don't want to contribute one cent toward any of their 'causes'.
However, if you regard cinema as trivial to begin with thats different.
Propaganda isn't trivial, but it's still propaganda, and should be acknowledged for what it is. I'll even say that as propaganda goes, sometimes it is well done and perhaps that's the standard that is used in the award shows by the fellow travelers that vote.