Hey 3.5 readers.
OK. The coveted best picture award. Who will win?
Let’s talk about Hollywood’s many problems this year.
First of all, if you love Donald Trump or if you hate Donald Trump, I feel like the whole “let’s make the awards shows super political” trend has been backfiring on Hollywood. The average person goes to movies for entertainment purposes. The average person turns on the Oscars for entertainment purposes. The average person will make up their mind on politics based on their own beliefs, values, research, what have you. There really won’t be any people saying, “Huh, that celebrity thinks this so I should think this.”
It also comes off as a bit disingenuous. I mean, these people live lives the average person can’t possibly fathom. They wear suits and gowns to an event that cost more than the average salaries of like 50 people combined and then they probably just throw those clothes away and never wear them again.
They live in fancy mansions, can buy whatever they want and get paid piles of money to play pretend all day. Some do a better job of reaching out to those in need than others but all in all, I just don’t see any of these celebrities opening up one of the several homes they own to shelter poor people in need. Hell, if they took like a one percent pay cut the people who fetch their coffee on set could probably earn a living wage.
All I’m saying is that it’s better to do than to say. Celebrities say a lot. They don’t do a lot and it’s ironic because they’re in a better position to do than anyone.
3.5 READERS: Do you have a point, BQB?
Yes. Thank you, 3.5.
This year, the Best Picture Nominees are:
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
WHO SHOULD WIN: Though I haven’t seen it, my gut tells me any film but La La Land. The plight of the forgotten, struggling people who keep working but never get ahead has been forefront on the public’s mind this past year.
Reflecting that mindset, you’ve got Fences, about a father who is poor and has been knocked around and yells at his son to stop dreaming about becoming a football player and get a regular, boring job and it becomes hard to tell whether the father is trying to give the kid tough love by telling him to stop chasing pie in the sky dreams and focus on reality or if the old man is so pissed off that he never made it that he feels inner jealousy at the idea of his son doing better than him.
You’ve got Hell or High Water, about two brothers cheated out of the family farm by a corrupt bank so they go on a bank robbery spree as an act of revenge against the bank that done them wrong. The idea that people who depended on farms, factories, and other ever dwindling blue collar jobs are being forgotten is prevalent in the film.
In Manchester by the Sea, a troubled man has to raise his nephew when his brother dies. Stepping up to do more when a relied upon family member dies is something the average people can relate to.
Moonlight – Cuban born drug dealer tries to be a part of his bullied son’s life. A lot of people can relate to bullying, struggles with drugs and drug related crime, trying to make it as an immigrant and so on.
Hacksaw Ridge – Son tired of seeing his father beat his mother becomes so disgusted by violence that he refuses to carry a gun when he signs up to become a World War II army medic and overcomes threats of court martial and imprisonment due to his refusal to carry a weapon. His abhorrence of violence drives him to become the best medic ever, single handedly saving tons of wounded men by dragging them down the side of Hacksaw Ridge on a rope while Japanese forces are in hot pursuit.
Hidden Figures – In the 1960s, black women overcome stereotypical views held by society about black people and women to become mathematicians, helping America win the space race.
Lion – An Indian kid gets so hopelessly lost that he is unable to find his family again. He is adopted by an Australian couple, then years later, uses Google to locate his original family, thus highlighting how new forms of technology have helped people who in the past were not able to be helped.
La La Land – Gosling and Stone fall and love and sing and dance and shit.
WHAT WILL WIN: La La Land. And, OK, I haven’t seen it. Maybe it’s good. But this is the problem. Hollywood already gave the Oscar to a shitty love letter film to Hollywood’s greatness called Birdman in 2014, and that movie was truly a pile of crap. It really was.
So I just think Hollywood is going to end up with a lot of egg on its face this year. All the stars are going to rant and rave about how the government doesn’t do enough about poverty and how no one worries about poor struggling people and then all of the films about poor struggling people are going to get screwed over in honor of the film about two pretty people who have nothing better to do than fall in love and sing and dance and shit.