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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Anti-Obama Movie Didn't Get Nominated for an Oscar Because Waaaaahhh

Posted by on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Here's the story from Movieline:

The Oscar-winning producer of this year's anti-Obama doc 2016 Obama's America is calling foul after the Academy released its Documentary Shortlist for Oscar consideration earlier this week.

Gerald Molen, who produced 1994's Schindler's List (with Steven Spielberg and Branko Lustig) won the Academy Award for Best Picture said political bias is to blame for 2016 not making the cut of 15 titles to advance to the next round...

"[2016 director] Dinesh [D'Souza] warned me this might happen," Molen said with a laugh, according to THR. "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."

Clearly, the Oscar polls are skewed! I watched 2016, and it's not a very good movie. It basically fails at making a coherent argument, and it's so unhinged from reality that Molen should be complaining about it not being nominated for Best Picture, not Best Documentary.


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i was surprised to see it on redbox outside the supermarket.

don't doubt some of the cash earned was from thse who hadn't heard of the thing and didn't know it was propganda
Posted by judybrowni on December 5, 2012 at 12:34 PM · Report this
biffp 2
"There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes."
Posted by biffp on December 5, 2012 at 12:34 PM · Report this
But Atlas Shrugged II got so many nominations.

Wait. Whuuuuut? It didn't?

Posted by tkc on December 5, 2012 at 12:40 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 4
Almost every war film ever made is conservative-ish, and they win awards all the time.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on December 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM · Report this
Best dog-whistle clusterfuck of 2012.
Posted by butterw on December 5, 2012 at 1:01 PM · Report this
Knat 6
Success* has zero relation to a film's worthiness for acclaim. For example, look no further than the Transformers franchise.

*And in this case, I'm assuming he means outstanding financial success, as critics absolutely hated this garbage. Even NPR called bullshit on D'Souza when they interviewed him, and they're utterly terrified of appearing biased.
Posted by Knat on December 5, 2012 at 1:15 PM · Report this
I realize that none of the films I'm about to mention are documentaries, so, to a certain extent, I'm mixing apples and oranges, but here are a few films from the last few years that were commercially successful, nominated for Academy Awards, and conservative in their themes:

Juno--Ellen Page regrets becoming an inconveniently pregnant teenager. She considers abortion, but chooses life, and gives her child up to someone older and more affluent.

Slumdog Millionaire--impoverished young man pulls himself up by the bootstraps and makes a success of himself with no government help whatsoever!

Inglorious Basterds--a conservative, hawkish tale that accomplishes in fantasy what real, special-ops troops could not accomplish in life: Killing Hitler before he can kill himself!

Moneyball--the underdogs come out on top because of their own hard work and inspiration. And they do this in the almost entirely white and male world of professional sports management!

Up--a man goes on an adventure he's been waiting to have for nearly eighty years, but only after the death of the woman he married, loved and cared for his entire life.

Aren't these all conservative movies? Or am I missing something?
Posted by Clayton on December 5, 2012 at 1:27 PM · Report this
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9/10 of the Hollywood movies I've seen in the last 30-odd years have featured either: 1) Good guys killing bad guys while driving big cars and shooting big guns, or 2) Good girls and boys falling in love and finding a way to stay in love despite the odds. Often both 1 and 2 are true simultaneously. If that ain't the very picture of the conservative establishment, I don't know what is.
Posted by Gurldoggie on December 5, 2012 at 1:47 PM · Report this
blip 9
But... it's not a documentary. Documentaries document things that have actually happened. 2016 predicts a dystopic future that WILL NOT HAPPEN. It's like calling "Blade Runner" a documentary about robots.

One of the best things about Obama being re-elected is that we have this movie as a literal benchmark to illustrate how fucking dumbass crazy conservatives have become. In 4 years we can all watch and laugh at it when none of this shit comes true.
Posted by blip on December 5, 2012 at 2:26 PM · Report this
McGee 10
@7 Yeah you missed a lot.
Posted by McGee on December 5, 2012 at 2:52 PM · Report this
@10 Such as?
Posted by Clayton on December 5, 2012 at 5:37 PM · Report this
that so call documentary is much to do about nothing.
Posted by badmus on January 7, 2013 at 8:23 PM · Report this

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