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Oscar's inconvenient truths: Never let the facts get in the way of winning an award
New York Post ^ | February 22, 2009 | Kyle Smith

Posted on 02/22/2009 5:25:53 PM PST by EveningStar

Tonight's Oscars will celebrate only-in-the-movies fantasy figures like Wall-E and the Joker . . . and Harvey Milk and Richard Nixon. Even when Hollywood is dealing with documented reality, it can't resist turning it into a cartoon.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: academyawards; hollywood; liberalism; live; livethread; oscars

1 posted on 02/22/2009 5:25:53 PM PST by EveningStar
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2 posted on 02/22/2009 5:26:58 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Gee, is anyone watching?


3 posted on 02/22/2009 5:28:48 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: A_Former_Democrat

I haven’t watched the Oscars in many years.


4 posted on 02/22/2009 5:31:38 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: A_Former_Democrat

I’m watching Patton on AMC and FReeping:)


5 posted on 02/22/2009 5:31:46 PM PST by jp3 (BABIES, GUNS & JESUS...HOT DAMN!!)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Positively absolutely NOT!

I have no desire to see these dumb, dim witted, uneducated, naive, un-american, dangerous fools celebrating anything, especially celebrating their narcissistic selves and lauding all over Obama.


6 posted on 02/22/2009 5:32:42 PM PST by Ballygrl
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To: A_Former_Democrat
Gee, is anyone watching?

This is on teeheevee, right? No. Never have, never will.

7 posted on 02/22/2009 5:35:00 PM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi | 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | REAL Stimulus: Apply paddles, shout "CLEAR!")
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To: EveningStar

We watched Wall-E recently ($1 thru Redbox)....didn’t like it much...


8 posted on 02/22/2009 5:38:17 PM PST by goodnesswins (Conservative and fighting for freedom and liberty....whether you like it or not.)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Not watching. Not caring. Not missing anything!


9 posted on 02/22/2009 5:39:49 PM PST by PERKY2004 (Proud Military Wife -- my DH is in his 26th year of military service! PRAY 4 OUR TROOPS!)
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To: jp3

thanks dude. I was planning on watching Paton as well.


10 posted on 02/22/2009 5:43:16 PM PST by Ancient Drive (will)
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To: PERKY2004
It took me 22 minutes to say enough is enough. What crapola. I was hoping NBC would have grabbed the ‘’honor’’ of broadcasting this junk so I could watch Desperate House wives but now I have to settle for Andy Griffin
11 posted on 02/22/2009 5:43:29 PM PST by shadeaud (Time to smell the roses and not the stench coming from D .C.)
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To: goodnesswins

Didn’t the movie fee like one of those environmentally correct crap shoots?


12 posted on 02/22/2009 5:44:15 PM PST by Ancient Drive (will)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

We’re sort of watching. Channel surfing but on it now. They take themselves and their entertainment work so seriously.


13 posted on 02/22/2009 5:47:24 PM PST by Twink
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To: shadeaud
I am watching only because I have seen every NCIS episode several times. However, I have to say that I thought Hug Jackman was excellent. The musical number made fun of Hollywood, though not excessively.

There was an earlier thread here kind of denigrating Jackman. I have never seen or heard of him being political (not to say that he hasn't, I just haven't heard him do it). But he was called talentless. He is not. I watched him play Curly in Oklahoma a few years ago, and he was terrific. Don't let his role as Wolverine in the X-Men movies fool anyone. He showed he could sing and dance tonight, and some of the dances could not have been easy.

14 posted on 02/22/2009 5:48:29 PM PST by CaptRon (Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: EveningStar

Ugh! it figures, I was changing the channel when some guy won for the Harvey Milk movie! :rolleyes:


15 posted on 02/22/2009 6:01:02 PM PST by Ballygrl
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To: Ballygrl

Just saw that too. Ugh. Did you hear his speech? Yuck.


16 posted on 02/22/2009 6:05:22 PM PST by Twink
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To: goodnesswins
We watched Wall-E recently ($1 thru Redbox)....didn’t like it much...

Awww, really? My kids liked it. The WALL-E robot was very well portrayed with human characteristics (loved the part where he was just sitting there waiting for EVE to come back to life, distractedly banging his tractor-foot against the other - just a bored human would do to while away the time).

17 posted on 02/22/2009 6:12:01 PM PST by jeffc (They're coming to take me away! Ha-ha, hey-hey, ho-ho!)
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To: jeffc

Oh, I liked WALL-E....but, it got slow...but, can see how kids would love it.


18 posted on 02/22/2009 6:17:35 PM PST by goodnesswins (Conservative and fighting for freedom and liberty....whether you like it or not.)
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To: goodnesswins

I meant I liked the ROBOT, Wall-E


19 posted on 02/22/2009 6:18:33 PM PST by goodnesswins (Conservative and fighting for freedom and liberty....whether you like it or not.)
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To: Twink

Yes, I wanted to hear what the fool was going to say and of course he pushed his agenda, or should I say, he shoved his agenda down the throats of his captive audience.


20 posted on 02/22/2009 6:19:53 PM PST by Ballygrl
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To: Ballygrl

I see old horse-face decided to come as Cinderella. Love to hear her take on the stimulus package, since she complained a few years ago that her family might need welfare, despite her making millions for no discernible reason.


21 posted on 02/22/2009 6:22:26 PM PST by CaptRon (Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: Ballygrl

Only four of the Oscars go to actors. The rest go to various craftsman who are highly educated in their field.


22 posted on 02/22/2009 6:24:17 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

It’s Veronica Lake!


23 posted on 02/22/2009 6:26:09 PM PST by CaptRon (Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: CaptRon

I know FReepers were eschwing the Oscars, but we should have started a snarky thread. Ben Stiller is hillarious right now making fun of Joaquin Phoenix on David Letterman.


24 posted on 02/22/2009 6:35:02 PM PST by CaptRon (Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: EveningStar

Harvey Milk and Hound Dog will be the top movies! Just like Brokebutt Mountin’


25 posted on 02/22/2009 7:13:42 PM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: ViLaLuz
Yep. The only thing we MIGHT hold onto and the left will deny, is that Milk was a Repblican. So was Martin Luther King. So was Frederick Douglas, after whom my college dining hall was named.

Contrast that to Democtat black leaders: Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, John Conyers...what is wrong whith this picture?

26 posted on 02/22/2009 7:42:45 PM PST by CaptRon (Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: CaptRon

I’m with you watching the show and it IS a different approach. Jackman is one talented SOB.

Err, Jerry Lewis just got the humanitarianism award and the slobs wouldn’t stand up for him after all the work he’s done for MDA for forty plus years. This crop of Hollywood definitely lacks class, intelligence and understanding.


27 posted on 02/22/2009 7:51:44 PM PST by NewRomeTacitus
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To: weegee

Whassup? This is the first time you’ve not piped up for the Oscars. If you’re ill I hope you get back on that horse and ride, pilgrim. You’re missing so much gay-hugging multiculturalism.


28 posted on 02/22/2009 8:00:29 PM PST by NewRomeTacitus
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To: A_Former_Democrat
I haven't seen any of the nominated movies. Can't really tell many of the performers apart. Have better things to do.
29 posted on 02/22/2009 8:05:46 PM PST by BenLurkin (Mornie` utulie`. Mornie` alantie`.)
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To: NewRomeTacitus

Frankly, I’ve always thought that Jerry has done the marthons because he has always played less than fully competent characters. He is also an arrogant SOB. So needless to say I am not a fan. But I do disagree that the audience did not give him props. He got a standing ovation.


30 posted on 02/22/2009 8:06:25 PM PST by CaptRon (Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: BenLurkin

I have not either. I DO know that my father and his girfriend walked out of of Slumdog and somehow they got free tickets, too comlicated to go into and not relevant). Anyway, they walked out. They said it was too depressing.


31 posted on 02/22/2009 8:15:21 PM PST by CaptRon (Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: CaptRon

Cinch up your tie. You’ve just won the Oscar, idiot!


32 posted on 02/22/2009 8:23:07 PM PST by CaptRon (Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: EveningStar

Some see “Frost/Nixon” as a call for the trial of George W. Bush, and “Milk,” which retells the story of the defeat of the anti-gay Prop. Six, is called a powerful plea against Prop. Eight, the anti-gay marriage measure that passed in California - three weeks before the movie came out.


33 posted on 02/22/2009 8:31:03 PM PST by kcvl
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To: CaptRon

Astonishing?! Sophia looks astonishing for her age, which hs to be close to 80!


34 posted on 02/22/2009 8:33:14 PM PST by CaptRon (Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: CaptRon

On the red carpet Frank Langella said he came to like Nixon. Could be BS. Who knows?


35 posted on 02/22/2009 8:35:56 PM PST by CaptRon (Perdicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: Ballygrl

I always love how these jerks continue to lecture others on how one should think. These are the so-called ‘open minded’ but don’t you dare disagree with them!

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Dustin Lance Black’s emotional Oscar Acceptance Speech for Original Screenplay for his work on MILK can be read below.

“Oh my God. This was, um, this was not an easy film to make. First off, I have to thank Cleve Jones and Anne Kronenberg and all the real-life people who shared their stories with me. And, um, Gus Van Sant, Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, James Franco and our entire cast, my producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, everyone at Groundswell and Focus for taking on the challenge of telling this life-saving story.

When I was 13 years old, my beautiful mother and my father moved me from a conservative Mormon home in San Antonio, Texas to California, and I heard the story of Harvey Milk. And it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life. It gave me the hope one day I could live my life openly as who I am and then maybe even I could even fall in love and one day get married.

I wanna thank my mom, who has always loved me for who I am even when there was pressure not to. But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he’d want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches, by the government or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights federally, across this great nation of ours.

Thank you. Thank you. And thank you, God, for giving us Harvey Milk”.


36 posted on 02/22/2009 8:38:19 PM PST by kcvl
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To: CaptRon

If you’ve seen the work he’s put into them as I have over the years I wouldn’t be so quick to write Jerry Lewis off as using the Muscular Dystrophy telethons to further a stopped career. He did that because that’s where his heart moved him.

Yeah, he’s eccentric, egotistical and can’t help saying what he sees as the truth at times. Did you consider all the physical pain, addiction to pain medications, the pain of kicking them while still in pain, getting a weird thyroid disease , etc. as to why the guy might just see things differently than you or I? People forget he was the primary backer of Sammy Davis when that performer thought he should stop trying. Jerry’s also cited by many comedians as taking the time to come backstage and reassure them while they were starting out.

I didn’t see anyone standing. I saw an old soldier giving his last hurrah shuffling off, disrespected, knowing his time was definitely over while having enough grace to exit quietly. I noticed, probably like he did, that class is an extinct animal in today’s Hollywood.


37 posted on 02/22/2009 10:14:43 PM PST by NewRomeTacitus
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To: NewRomeTacitus

Jerry Lewis is on the Hollywood politically incorrect s-list for a variety of statements made about various “untouchables”. Now that he has his Oscar, can he release “The Day the Clown Cried”?


38 posted on 02/22/2009 10:18:55 PM PST by garbanzo (Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem.)
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To: garbanzo

He’s like what, 89 years old? Hasn’t had a profitable film since 1968? Why are the powers so down on him?

Because he dared to speak the truth. I have the same problem.

Rest assured “Clowns” will be released right after his passing to take advantage of that and to line the pockets of those he dared to “dis”. What an evil town.


39 posted on 02/22/2009 11:09:04 PM PST by NewRomeTacitus
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To: NewRomeTacitus
Rest assured “Clowns” will be released right after his passing to take advantage of that

I have this sneaking suspicion that the film will disappear down the memory hole after he passes at the behest of his heirs. Or an "accidental" fire will destroy the only print of the film.

40 posted on 02/22/2009 11:16:10 PM PST by garbanzo (Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem.)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

What—They were on tonight? Not that I would have watched, but I thought they were usually In March.


41 posted on 02/22/2009 11:58:56 PM PST by giotto
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To: Borges
“Only four of the Oscars go to actors. The rest go to various craftsman who are highly educated in their field.”
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My son is an actor. I am very proud to say that.
He is a wonderful craftsman in his field.

I understand the feelings many on FR have concerning Hollywood and actors. But the blanket statements I read over and over again saying all Hollywood is bad are wrong.

There are many conservative, honest, hardworking people who are in the entertainment industry.
They just know to keep their political views to themselves.

42 posted on 02/23/2009 12:11:53 AM PST by Aurorales
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To: EveningStar

I would have been willing to give anyone three to one odds that Penn would have won the Oscar. Any time there’s some sort of homosexual agenda/plot involved, that film or play is an odd’s on bet to win whatever award is up for grabs.


43 posted on 02/23/2009 12:28:09 AM PST by driftless2
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