Skip to comments.With Lectures & Political Reprimands, Hollywood’s Angriest Awards Season Has Begun
Posted on 09/14/2017 2:40:58 PM PDT by EdnaMode
Its hard to recall a season when Hollywood has been so harshly at odds with so much of its potential audience. On Wednesday, Robert Redford became the latest in a growing string of celebrities to pepper the summer/fall film promotions with reprimands and recrimination.
Weve lost our moral foundation, the Oscar winner told Esquire, speaking of the year-ago presidential election in an interview keyed to the upcoming Netflix release of Our Souls at Night, in which the small-minded gossips of small-town Colorado cluck at his senior moment with Jane Fonda. Were the ones who let that happen. We should be looking at ourselves, said Redford, who was referring to the election, not to his screen relationship with Fonda.
Two days earlier at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11 Guillermo del Toro introduced The Shape of Water, set for release in December by Fox Searchlight Pictures, by comparing Americas current state to a hideous disease. Its like a cancer. We have a tumor now, he told those at a press conference for the film.
That doesnt mean the cancer started with that tumor. It was gestating for so long, he added. His movie, about the similarly troubled Cold War era, purportedly is part of the cure.
Jennifer Lawrence, promoting Mother!, due out Friday from Paramount, might or might not have intended to link the wrath of recent hurricanes with American political behavior. But, in an interview with British television, she was clear about her view of the climate back home. Ive heard things and Ive seen things on TV in my own country that devastate me and make me sick, she said, before walking the remarks back with an out of context Facebook disclaimer that is about as likely to fly in the storm-battered heartland as George Clooneys obscene assault on Steve Bannon, somehow in support of his new movie Suburbicon, due in October from Paramount.
So the awards season is off to an angry start, and that cant help the movies. Right, wrong or just plain confused, about half the American electorate and half the potential moviegoing audience last year moved in a direction of which Redford, del Toro, Lawrence, Clooney and more than a few stars and filmmakers yet to be heard from dont approve.
But lectures and cancer metaphors wont bring the masses back not at the voting booth and certainly not in the theaters. Only last month, the audience delivered a sharp, hard slap at Kathryn Bigelows Detroit. The film, about the 1967 Detroit riot, was framed as a rebuke. Even though this story takes place 50 years ago, it feels, sadly, very much like today and therefore tomorrow, Bigelow told the BBC.
Viewers, for the most part, simply stayed away. And that could happen to Suburbicon, Mother! and a long string of worthy films in the seasonal queue perhaps clearing the way for an inspirational Best Picture winner from abroad, like, say, Dunkirk, if Hollywoods sulk doesnt soon lift.
“On Wednesday, Robert Redford...”
Whooa right there! RR is still alive?
Who cares about Hollywood awards? I never watch them. We can do fine without those libtards. Let’s see how well they do without us.
He still hangs out with Hanoi Jane and lectures Americans about their inferior morality.
Weve lost our moral foundation, Were the ones who let that happen. We should be looking at ourselves.
Bob, if you are talking about your democratic party I agree, that is why the rest of us voted for the other guy.
Good keep on talking, we will not walk to any of these films!
A good Trump tweet. ‘America, Hollywood is mocking you!’
Our local multiplex had “flashback Thursdays”, showing the older movies. It was so popular they now do it twice a week. It’s probably what’s keeping them from going bankrupt. We recently saw Spaceballs and the place was packed. There’s a reason for this.
This is why old Hollywood kept tight leashes on their dumb-assed script readers.
That’s not surprising. Older movies are so much better! Love Spaceballs. :D
... and audiences tune out in droves.
Self-righteous, judgmental liberals - nothing ever changes.....
Doesn’t look alive ... replaced with a dimwitted robot?
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