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Dinesh D'Souza's '2016' Movie: Winner at the Box Office Snubbed by Oscar
Christian Post ^ | 12/09/2012 | Alex Murashko

Posted on 12/09/2012 5:13:44 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Dinesh D'Souza's documentary "2016: Obama's America" failed to earn an Oscar nomination despite earning $33.4 million at the box office, and becoming the fourth highest grossing documentary in history. Of course, there isn't much an outcry inside liberal Hollywood. However, D'Souza didn't keep quiet about the Academy Awards committee snub.

"I want to thank the Academy for not nominating our film," D'Souza joked, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "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 film's producer, Gerald Molen, isn't keeping silent either.

"I was surprised," Molen, who won an Oscar for "Schindler's List," told FOX411's Pop Tarts column. "'2016' was never made with any particular award in mind nor [was it] looking for specific accolades from anyone. But as an industry practice it was submitted along with a number of other documentaries."

The film, which was released late last summer, examines the question: "If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?" It shows D'Souza "immersed in exotic locales across four continents" as he "races against time to find answers to Obama's past and reveal where America will be in 2016."

Filmmakers say that during D'Souza's journey "he discovers how Hope and Change became radically misunderstood, and identifies new flashpoints for hot wars in mankind's greatest struggle. The journey moves quickly over the arc of the old colonial empires, into America's empire of liberty, and we see the unfolding realignment of nations and the shape of the global future."

The film made more money than all 15 short-listed films such as "Searching for Sugar Man," "Ethel" and "Bully." Molen told the Hollywood Reporter, "Dinesh warned me this might happen. 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." He added, "'2016' loses an opportunity to compete in what most always perceived to be a fair business atmosphere. But no way, it is totally unbalanced and unfair... The left rules – for now."

FoxNews.com in its Pop Tarts section reports that while Molen was somewhat surprised, others in the media industry were not.

"Hollywood is seldom just about money. It's about propaganda. And if you defy the party line, you stand no chance of winning. So when Dinesh D'Souza's movie got passed over, I wasn't even vaguely surprised," noted Dan Gainor, VP of Business and Culture at the Media Research Institute. "Is that bias? Of course. Jack Nicholson was close: Hollywood can't handle the truth. And they can't handle disagreement. Their one-sided view of what deserves awards underlines that."

When D'Souza was asked by The Christian Post at the time of the film's release whether "2016" would have an impact on the presidential election, he said, "Well, the film is intended to [offer] a debate about what's the future of America. Nowhere in the film do we mention the election.

We certainly don't tell people how to vote.

"The film is about the American dream and Obama's dream. In some ways it's about my dream, which is the immigrants' dream," he said. "Also worked in there is Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream an¬d the dream of the founders. In that sense it's very different. In some ways I was inspired to do this by Michael Moore. I feel embarrassed to say that because Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' is an intellectual disaster, but nevertheless that film was about a controversial president and it was received at a time when one half of the country was for the president and one half was against him and it was dropped in the middle of an election.

"So that gave me the idea to make a film under similar conditions – controversial president, one half of the country is for him, one half is against him, and drop it in the middle of this year's debate," he explained. "But I wanted to make and have made a very different kind of a film that is not fast with the facts and is intellectually and factually very sound. So far, no one has alleged the contrary."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2016; boxoffice; dineshdsouza; oscar

1 posted on 12/09/2012 5:13:56 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
These UN-AMERICAN, idol-worshipping, Obama-cult/HollyWeird fascists will never give any credit to anything that resembles conservative thought, principled reasoning....
... or common sense.

Just my humble and long-considered opinion...

2 posted on 12/09/2012 5:19:18 PM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I know which film will win next year...

“Cloud Atlas”, a real crap film where every bad guy, killer, thief and evil person is a white male and the heroes are black, gay, female and Asian.
The white men are racists and homophobes and evil and ugly...

Crappiest film I ever saw.


3 posted on 12/09/2012 5:22:18 PM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: SeekAndFind

>> Of course, there isn’t much an outcry inside liberal Hollywood.

Hollywood sat by in silence while a filmmaker was seemingly accused by the Admin for inciting 9-11-12 terrorism. Hollywood has no integrity.


4 posted on 12/09/2012 5:23:33 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Wings-n-Wind

BOYCOTT THE OSCARS! It’s time for us to seriously put the hurt on these liberals where they live - but to do so, means we have to cut off watching THEIR liberal crap TV stations, movies, etc.


5 posted on 12/09/2012 5:23:39 PM PST by princess leah
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To: SeekAndFind

“Cloud Atlas”, was made by the Wachowski brothers...the guys who brought us ‘The Matrix’; Andy and Lawrence... Now Lana after his/her sex change.

The cast includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant and more...

Crappiest film I ever saw.
Pure PC propaganda with no plot and a monumental waste of time.


6 posted on 12/09/2012 5:26:49 PM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: SeekAndFind

No Oscar nomination for 2016 is the highest form of compliment Follywood could bestow on a high grossing film.


7 posted on 12/09/2012 5:27:42 PM PST by Dapper 26
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To: SeekAndFind

No Oscar nomination for 2016 is the highest form of compliment Follywood could bestow on a high grossing film.


8 posted on 12/09/2012 5:27:52 PM PST by Dapper 26
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To: Dapper 26

Oscar who?


9 posted on 12/09/2012 5:33:21 PM PST by haroldeveryman
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To: SeekAndFind

I did not find the film worthy of an award. It was well intentioned. But it was poorly done. Dinesh put too much of himself into the movie. That distracted from the allegedly intended message about Obama. That is not great film making. This is the plague of our side. We lose focus in our message. We again need the great communicator or great communicatorS.


10 posted on 12/09/2012 5:33:21 PM PST by spintreebob
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To: princess leah

I have been boycotting viewing anything Oscars since “Hearts and Minds” won decades ago. When the acceptance speech praised the Communists in Viet Nam and Cambodia (this preceded the Cambodian slaughter), my parents (I was living at home at the time) heard me hurl a torrent of profane insults at those Marxist (censored). They realized later that I was right.


11 posted on 12/09/2012 5:41:02 PM PST by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is the operational wing of CPUSA.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Being snubbed by those far-left fascists is a badge of honor. That said, I haven’t watched the Oscars in 20 years. ‘eff them.


12 posted on 12/09/2012 5:44:13 PM PST by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: SeekAndFind

My “shocked” face.


13 posted on 12/09/2012 5:49:12 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: princess leah

I’ve been boycotting the oscars and movies for years except those made by Sherwood Pictures. I have seen a couple of movies this past year like Tyler Perry’s Witness Protection. I love Tyler Perry. Wish he would win an oscar. Madea is awesome!


14 posted on 12/09/2012 5:52:40 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

One of those “I’m not impressed” with Oscar looks would be appropriate.


15 posted on 12/09/2012 5:57:12 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: Bon mots

Wasn’t “Cloud Atlas” a huge box disaster? I believe Roger Ebert(no conservative to say the least) panned it.

I’ve no interesting in shelling out another dime for any Tom Hanks film after he said it was “un-American” to believe marriage is between a man and a woman. The logical conclusion of his reasoning is that the Founding Fathers and every American who lived up until the past decade was “un-American”.


16 posted on 12/09/2012 6:11:17 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: Bon mots
I know which film will win next year...
“Cloud Atlas”, a real crap film....

'Cloud Atlas' was 'Gey'...figuratively and literally.

17 posted on 12/09/2012 6:13:19 PM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who really cares about oscars anymore? The thing to do is to starve out the bad and liberal flicks. Eventually, it will come down to the dollar for the hollywood big mouths.


18 posted on 12/09/2012 6:16:33 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Dapper 26

We went to see Clint Eastwood in the Curve but never heard how he did with this movie. Was not surprised when I saw no mention of it coming out of Hollywood. I do know that we kept reordering the Empty Chair bumper stickers before the election and absolutely couldn’t meet the demand for more.


19 posted on 12/09/2012 6:18:24 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: SeekAndFind
.... Well .... this is no surprise to me. In order for a film to actually make it to the realm of an actual "Nominated" film, your movie has to make it through the nominating process. This process is comprised of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences actually viewing and critiquing films that qualify for this process.

When I was on the committee I had to personally screen almost fifty projects!!! At times there may be well over a hundred. And before the advent of home media systems ... a person would be required to physically attend screenings of the possible nominees!!! All I can say is ... Thank the lord for the progress of technology!! ..... So the question I had to ask myself was ..... "How the heck am I going to screen all of these films?!?! Where the heck was I going to find the time to do so??? ..... The answer was actually quite simple ...... Heck .... there is no way I was going to screen them all!!!

So I proceeded to look at the copies sent to me and read the synopsis and plot overview of the films and whittled down the list of projects that actually piqued my interest and ignored the rest. My point here is .... most of the members of AMPAS tend to be on the Liberal end of the social and political spectrum .... and, other than a few film zealots that take their job seriously .... the majority of members on the nominating committee, whether they admit it or not, use the same system I used. Therefore most of them would have just set aside "2013" into the "Don't Watch" pile because of lack of interest and moved on to a more socially or politically appealing project.

Yes the system is rather one sided and biased.... but that is how the system and machine is set up. So to expect a conservatively bent project, even though it may be based on fact ... to actually make it to the top of the heap as being nominated would rather tend to exist only in the realm of wishful thinking. Unless a project is so called "Critically Acclaimed" by critics and winning praises in the Hollywood community .... that just wouldn't happen.

20 posted on 12/09/2012 6:24:02 PM PST by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: SeekAndFind

The Academy Awards is a glorified trade show. He should consider it an honor to be excluded.


21 posted on 12/09/2012 6:29:59 PM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, Forever in Rebellion.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Meanwhile, AlGore’s Mockumentary won the gold-flake award for a hilarious movie by a failed ministry student who switched to law and barley passed and who then became a senator because of his daddy’s political ties, who purchased a mansion that consumes as much electricity as a small town, and who decided, after so much success that he was, after all, a prophet of meteorology who had to save the world and make a few billion dollars on the Chicago “carbon credits” exchange in the process.


22 posted on 12/09/2012 6:51:34 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe

If all of the Conservative working in Hollywood in back of the camera or ‘below the line’ would speak up, these prancing bigmouthed Progressive Liberals would never come out of their from door. How come all these Progressive or Socialist actor’s union members will travel to foreign countries to participate in killing their own occupation with such disgusting run-away production? I am sure the talented production union members see this as a sick double standard worth earning their disgust. Being a unethical Progressive means union actors never have to say, “I’m sorry or I made a mistake”. When they clearly and obviously have.


23 posted on 12/09/2012 7:09:57 PM PST by cowboy_code (Note for visitors at Arafat's grave - first dance, THEN pee.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Box office numbers irrelevant.


24 posted on 12/09/2012 7:27:04 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: spintreebob
I did not find the film worthy of an award.

I agree. The movie said all the right things but it just wasn't very well done.

25 posted on 12/09/2012 7:27:21 PM PST by Katiana Kalashnikova
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To: Bon mots

Passion of the Christ which saved the industry years ago did not get a nomination, and we expect this?


26 posted on 12/09/2012 8:07:11 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: SeekAndFind

LINCOLN. Movie of the year. It was PERFECT.


27 posted on 12/09/2012 8:07:20 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: SeekAndFind

I think the Oscar has become some kind of foreign commie award that Americans are not allowed to win. This would explain why D’Souza is not eligible to win one.


28 posted on 12/09/2012 8:29:45 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (I feel sad for my once great country. We deserve everything that is about to happen to us.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I no longer care at all to watch as these overpaid morons who pretend for a living pretend to be happy that someone else won the award they’d sell their souls for. Clap clap clap...with tight little smiles. LOL

However, I really liked the Life of Pi.


29 posted on 12/09/2012 9:21:04 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - both were a coup d'etat.)
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RE: , I really liked the Life of Pi.

Ang Lee, the director of the above movie also gave us BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.


30 posted on 12/10/2012 7:23:35 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Aria

RE: , I really liked the Life of Pi.

Ang Lee, the director of the above movie also gave us BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.


31 posted on 12/10/2012 7:24:40 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Didn’t see Brokeback because of the subject matter but Life of Pi was wonderful IMO.


32 posted on 12/10/2012 6:18:44 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - both were a coup d'etat.)
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