Skip to comments.'2016' Oscar Snub Has Filmmakers Claiming Political Bias
Posted on 12/05/2012 11:14:02 AM PST by smoothsailing
December 4, 2012
Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of Schindlers List, is claiming political bias because a documentary movie he produced this year isn't up for an Oscar, even though that film, 2016: Obamas 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 DSouza, 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 films 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, DSouza 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.
WHY do they CARE????
The “awards” are meaningless CRAPPOLA.
I’m disappointed that they CARE about an empty “award”.
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!
What, Follywood Biased? Oh, no!!
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.
What’s new? Nothing to see here.
Thanks for the added info....I was being snarky again a little....
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!
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.
The Oscars are a marketing and political ploy, nothing more. I haven’t watched for more years than I can remember.