January 28, 2005

BY THE VALUES THEY HONOR:

Passionate Christians Perceive Bias in Academy Award Nominations (Andrea James, 1/26/05, Religion News Service)

Conservative Christian groups are outraged, but not surprised, that the box-office hit "The Passion of the Christ" didn't receive an Academy Award nomination for best picture or best director. [...]

"There's no question that bigotry and prejudice is rank among the liberal elite of Hollywood," said the Rev. Louis Sheldon, founder of the Washington-based Traditional Values Coalition. "Why would they want to recognize the `ancient of days,' Jesus Christ, unless they want to bow their knee to him?

"They would prefer to be those silent ones in the crowd, that don't yell crucify, but turned their eyes away from the reality of his crucifixion."


The 'Passion' Oscar Snub: Revenge of the Blue States?: And the Oscar nominations go to...movies tacitly condoning abortion, euthanasia, and adultery. (Barbara Nicolosi, Church of the Masses)
The Oscar noms are out, affirming once again just how very, very sick America’s storytellers have become. Many people are dismissive of the culture’s storytellers, but that is short-sighted. A country with sick storytellers dreams sick dreams, or doesn’t dream at all. Both are societal suicide. [...]

So, this year, the top Oscar nominations have gone to...

...a movie that makes a hero out of a man who murders his adopted daughter.

...a movie that makes a hero out of an abortionist.

...a movie that makes a hero out of a discredited researcher who was obsessed with sex and encouraged many others to experiment with various perversions.

...a movie that lionizes a billionaire narcissist who slept with scores of women--including at least one 15-year-old--and died an insane syphilitic.

...a movie that suggests it is funny when an engaged man sets off with his drunkard best friend for a week of debauchery before his marriage.

...a movie that glamorizes four alley cats dressed as beautiful people who fornicate and commit adultery with each other, and indulge in various sexual perversions until the movie ends.

...a movie that makes a hero out of a paraplegic in despair who wants to kill himself.

The truth is, secular Hollywood had next to nuthin' this year. Really. Except for Finding Neverland and the kids movie Incredibles, they got nuthin' this year to give an award to. Nuthin' that people will be watching in five years, nevermind in fifty.


And then they wonder why Americans loathe them?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 28, 2005 12:32 PM
Comments

The culture's best storyteller right now is Charlie Kaufman, and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" will certainly be among the films satisfyingly watched in five and 50 years.

Posted by: Semolina at January 28, 2005 12:44 PM

I was actually surprised not to see Gibson's bloodbath on the list. Contrary to what so many evangelicals seem to need to believe, it was in no way any sort of exception to Hollywood rules; it was emblematic of the sort of movie Hollywood makes these days. If it wasn't for Gibson's occasionally inspired imagery, it couldn't be differentiated from the average piece of Bruckheimer trash. It was nearly as bad as Braveheart, an actual Oscar winner.

So I suppose Andrea James is right. The snubbing of Gibson's "Passion" can only be due to objections to the source material.

Posted by: M. Bulger at January 28, 2005 12:55 PM

Except for The Aviator, Sideways and Kinsey, I didn't recognize any of those movie descriptions. God I'm such a square!

Posted by: Governor Breck at January 28, 2005 1:01 PM

Gov. Breck:

"...a movie that makes a hero out of a man who murders his adopted daughter."

That would probably be Million Dollar Baby, but I think this is a completely unfair characterization of the film. Clint Eastwood is never that shallow; he's a throwback and one of the finest filmmakers alive.

"...a movie that makes a hero out of an abortionist."

Vera Drake. To be fair, the movie apparently does not make her a hero _because_ she's an abortionist. She's just the protagonist of the film, and the film fails to condemn her for it.

"...a movie that glamorizes four alley cats dressed as beautiful people who fornicate and commit adultery with each other, and indulge in various sexual perversions until the movie ends."

I spent a little time on this, wondering if I'd missed an animated film at some point. I think she means Closer, though.

"...a movie that makes a hero out of a paraplegic in despair who wants to kill himself."

This one's pretty obscure: The Sea Inside (foreign film).

She omitted Maria Full of Grace ("...glamorizes a mother who becomes a drug smuggler") and Ray ("...practically worships a serial adulterer and drug abuser").

Posted by: M. Bulger at January 28, 2005 1:36 PM

Semolina:

Probably the only one besides The Passion that does matter in the long term.

Posted by: oj at January 28, 2005 1:49 PM

OJ and Semolina:

Haven't seen "Eternal Sunshine," but "Napoleon Dynamite" is a perfect movie is every conceivable way. My cube mates quote it like they used to quote Office Space, my left coast relatives are as nuts about it as we are here in Michigan. My teenage son tosses chunks of dialogue from the movie back-and-forth with his evangelical stepmom. One proof of its greatness: not one nomination.

Posted by: Palmcroft at January 28, 2005 1:58 PM

The Nicolosis of the world would prefer the Taliban to the Founding Fathers.

If you could go to Million Dollar Baby and not be affected by the story, then you are a complete moral zero. Hilary Swank's performance might be the best I've ever seen from a woman. If you think that Hughes' sexual behavior was being lionized in the Aviator, you have a serious problem with reality.

But then Torquemada wanna-bes like Nicolosi would happily burn Quentin Tarantino at the stake.

If you like a marriage between Grand Guignol and Oberammergau circa 1935, then I guess Mel Gibson's tripe is your bag.

Posted by: Bart at January 28, 2005 3:10 PM

Million Dollar Baby is the kind of antihuman drivel you'd expect from a European, not an American conservative.

Posted by: oj at January 28, 2005 5:27 PM

...a movie that lionizes a billionaire narcissist who slept with scores of women--including at least one 15-year-old--and died an insane syphilitic.

To be perfectly fair to Hughes, he was quite insane when he died, but he was not syphilitic. OC and probably addicted to painkillers that he started taking as a result of the Beverly Hills crash he was quite nuts, but not so much that he could not amass the largest fortune in the world by the time he died.

The movie overplayed his insanity and underplayed his charity, his kindness to his workers and his role in building the arsenal of democracy.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 28, 2005 11:40 PM

Aside from adultery, what's wrong with "beautiful people who fornicate...and indulge in various sexual perversions"? Seriously. Sounds like harmless fun among consenting adults.

Posted by: Tom at January 29, 2005 9:10 AM

Tom:

It's beautiful... in the privacy of your own bedroom with your wife in the missionary position.

Posted by: oj at January 29, 2005 9:43 AM
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