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'2016' Oscar Snub Has Filmmakers Claiming Political Bias
Hollywood Reporter ^ | 12-4-2012 | Paul Bond

Posted on 12/05/2012 11:14:02 AM PST by smoothsailing

December 4, 2012

'2016' Oscar Snub Has Filmmakers Claiming Political Bias

Paul Bond

Gerald Molen, who produced the Academy Award-winning 'Schindler's List,' said the box-office success of the anti-Obama documentary proves the film was a hit: "The action confirms my opinion that the bias against anything from a conservative point of view is dead on arrival in Hollywood."

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Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of Schindler’s List, is claiming political bias because a documentary movie he produced this year isn't up for an Oscar, even though that film, 2016: Obama’s America, made more money at the box office than the combined earning of the 15 films the Academy deemed eligible.

2016, a negative take on President Barack Obama co-written and directed by author Dinesh D’Souza, earned $33.4 million at the domestic box office. But its omission on the list of the 15 documentaries the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday would advance in the voting process makes it ineligible for an Oscar.

"Dinesh warned me this might happen," Molen said with a laugh Tuesday. "The action confirms my opinion that the bias against anything from a conservative point of view is dead on arrival in Hollywood circles. The film’s outstanding success means that America went to see the documentary in spite of how Hollywood feels about it."

D'Souza echoed his producer's words.

"I want to thank the Academy for not nominating our film,” D’Souza joked. "By ignoring 2016, the top-performing box-office hit of 2012, and pretending that films like Searching for Sugar Man and This Is Not a Film are more deserving of an Oscar, our friends in Hollywood have removed any doubt average Americans may have had that liberal political ideology, not excellence, is the true standard of what receives awards."

The documentaries from 2012 that the Academy has deemed Oscar-worthy besides Sugar Man and Not a Film are Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Bully, Chasing Ice, Detropia, Ethel, 5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, The House I Live In, How to Survive a Plague, The Imposter, The Invisible War, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God and The Waiting Room.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2016; duh; hollywood; snub

1 posted on 12/05/2012 11:14:10 AM PST by smoothsailing
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2 posted on 12/05/2012 11:17:22 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I saw “2016” on Netflix recently. Wasn’t too bowled over by it. Partly because I already knew most of what he went over, so there weren’t any surprises. Even so, it felt kind of flat and much too low key.


3 posted on 12/05/2012 11:18:38 AM PST by rbg81
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To: smoothsailing

I saw “2016” on Netflix recently. Wasn’t too bowled over by it. Partly because I already knew most of what he went over, so there weren’t any surprises. Even so, it felt kind of flat and much too low key.


4 posted on 12/05/2012 11:18:38 AM PST by rbg81
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To: smoothsailing

It should have at least been nominated for the Best Non-Fiction documentary. Oh wait...


5 posted on 12/05/2012 11:21:17 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Don't tax me bro! Tax that guy over there!)
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To: smoothsailing

In the eyes of a liberal, criticizing the state is blasphemy.


6 posted on 12/05/2012 11:21:26 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Democrats are evil. Republicans are stupid.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

What I find surprising is that they’re surprised that their anti-leftist film didn’t get kudos from the film industry.


7 posted on 12/05/2012 11:24:49 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: smoothsailing

I haven’t watched an Academy Award ceremony since the Obamadork was getting his first quota-baby entrance into college.


8 posted on 12/05/2012 11:25:17 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: smoothsailing

By ignoring 2016, the top-performing box-office hit of 2012.

lol. A bit of an exaggeration there for sure.


9 posted on 12/05/2012 11:27:04 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: rbg81
In terms of Best Picture, I'd agree. But I assume 2016 would be nominated for Best Documentary, historically an unexciting catagory.

Considering "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry", "Bully","Detropia" and "Ethel" made the list, I would think the one documentary that probably out grossed the next ten combined would've at least been nominated.

10 posted on 12/05/2012 11:27:59 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Da Coyote

Seriously you should watch “The Artist”...absolutely worth every award it received. I didn’t want to go and I went kicking and screaming...My wife told me to knock it off...lol. I ended up LOVING it.....


11 posted on 12/05/2012 11:29:03 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: smoothsailing

Obama won(maybe), so Hollywood will trash conservatives, and make even more leftist films over the next 4 years.


12 posted on 12/05/2012 11:32:01 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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To: smoothsailing

By just the thought of a new film criticizing George W Bush has already received several awards.....


13 posted on 12/05/2012 11:35:54 AM PST by jughandle
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To: MrB

I don’t think Molen and D’Souza are surprised. I think they’re disgusted.


14 posted on 12/05/2012 11:43:14 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I'm shocked.................

15 posted on 12/05/2012 11:46:02 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: napscoordinator
Not an exaggeration at all, given D'Souza is talking about film documentaries. Context, naps, context.
16 posted on 12/05/2012 11:51:02 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: rbg81

When it comes to documentaries, “flat” and “low key” are more credible, than (say) “strident” and “hysterical”.


17 posted on 12/05/2012 11:54:56 AM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: smoothsailing
That is a shame, but I hear the movie is up for the Noble Peace Prize in the film flim-flam category.

FMCDH(BITS)

18 posted on 12/05/2012 11:58:48 AM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: MrB

Did you read the article? Molen said it confirms his suspicion about treatment of anything from a conservative perspective in Hollywood, while D’Souza expressed gratitude to the “Academy’ for confirmeing for ordinary Americans its leftist bias.


19 posted on 12/05/2012 12:00:39 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: napscoordinator
By ignoring 2016, the top-performing box-office hit of 2012. lol. A bit of an exaggeration there for sure.

I'm sure he meant, in the Documentary category. I"m pretty sure in Documentaries, it was a top-performing box-office hit.

20 posted on 12/05/2012 12:07:56 PM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: smoothsailing

WHY do they CARE????

The “awards” are meaningless CRAPPOLA.

I’m disappointed that they CARE about an empty “award”.


21 posted on 12/05/2012 12:18:24 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Mortrey

The disgusting treatment Of Elia Kazan (when he was to receive his lifetime achievement “award”) made me want to smack all the audience members who REFUSED to applaud his artistic talent.

I’ll never forget seeing Nick Nolte crossing his arms when Kazan came on stage. IDIOT!

Kazan was being punished for not towing the communist line...
It’s obvious that the “awards” are NOT given for talent or skill, so, they are WORTHLESS to artists!


22 posted on 12/05/2012 12:25:29 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Mortrey
Are you referring to the Nick Nolte of multiple mug shots,this one being after his arrest for selling phony draft cards? I think he looks better in a Hawaiian shirt myself.


23 posted on 12/05/2012 12:36:47 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: smoothsailing

What, Follywood Biased? Oh, no!!


24 posted on 12/05/2012 12:46:44 PM PST by Dapper 26
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To: Mortrey

I don’t get the impression that they “care”.

I think they just have no inhibitions about pointing out the fraudulent nature of the awards and the degenerate mindset of those who put them on. IMO, what they are expressing is honest disgust.


25 posted on 12/05/2012 12:47:46 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

What’s new? Nothing to see here.


26 posted on 12/05/2012 12:49:38 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: smoothsailing; LibertarianLiz

Thanks for the added info....I was being snarky again a little....


27 posted on 12/05/2012 1:54:46 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg

ping


28 posted on 12/05/2012 2:42:06 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: Gay State Conservative

HA!HA!HA!
I didn’t know Nolte had a long running career in crime, as well!!!

(I prefer the Hawaiian shirt one, myself!!!!)

Thanks for the laugh!


29 posted on 12/05/2012 4:13:40 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The way I understand the process, first the Oscars determine eligibility, then a nominating committee will choose who is to be nominated or put on the ballot, then there is a vote for the award.

Deeming the movie 2016 to be “ineligible” means it is not eligible for consideration to be nominated.

This is as low as you can go.

Not winning is one thing, not getting nominated is another, but being deemed “ineligible” to even be considered for nomination is really bad.


30 posted on 12/05/2012 4:48:39 PM PST by staytrue
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To: smoothsailing

The Oscars are a marketing and political ploy, nothing more. I haven’t watched for more years than I can remember.


31 posted on 12/05/2012 4:54:09 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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