Defining Deviancy Down at the Oscars
I didn’t watch the Academy Awards. The next day’s reporting is enough for me. The whole process has gotten so political that my blood pressure is elevated 30 points for two days after reading the stories about who won and why. Watching the process on television would probably kill me. Seeing multi-millionaires strut across the stage reading what other people wrote for them makes me sick. Their leftist politics is a sham, giving them cover from an equally leftist media and political machine. Most of them are gun-toting-anti-homosexualist-one percenters who feel guilty about making so much money while contributing almost nothing of value to society. An article in the February 28th issue of World magazine gets it right:
It’s worldview, not artistic merit, that helps unpopular films dominate the Academy Awards.
Every new Academy Award ceremony is a study in dramatic shifts in worldviews. Homosexual themes dominated this year. There were so many gender-bending themes in Albert Nobbs that it was hard to keep up. It was Victor/ Victoria (1982) —a woman playing a man playing a woman — on steroids or estrogen, depending on what way the gender was bending.
There was the lesbian killer in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The book’s original Swedish title is a better explanation of the storyline: Men Who Hate Women. You could add to the title, And Women Who Hate Men and Kill Them. One reviewer described the dark and twisted main character this way:
She’s the next female feminist role model, not to mention the female superhero for every Geek, Nerd, and Out-of-Place-Feeling Person in the entire world. If you don’t believe me, just you wait and see.
Heaven help us.
Christopher Plummer is a great actor. He is fondly remembered as the autocratic widower Captain Georg Ludwig von Trapp in the 1965 musical movie The Sound of Music playing opposite Julie Andrews. Plummer has had a long stage and film career. He’s hardly recognizable in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) where he plays a nasty Klingon. On the lighter side, he was the voice of the antagonistic Charles Muntz in Up.
Plummer has won numerous awards for his work, including two Emmys, two Tonys, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award, and an Oscar this year. With his win at the age of 82 for Beginners, Plummer is the oldest actor ever to win an Academy Award.
And for what role did Plummer win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor? Shortly after the death of his wife, Plummer’s elderly character announces that he’s a homosexual to his son and begins exploring this “new aspect” of his life. Hal finds a boyfriend and surrounds himself with a circle of homosexual friends. Wonderful.
It wasn’t all bad. Some very good films made the best film category: The Help, Hugo, Moneyball, and War Horse. Hollywood can make good movies if it wants to, and when it does, they make money. For example, Albert Nobbs opened in January 2012 at 245 locations. By January 29, 2012, it grossed a measly $746,417 on a budget of about $9 million. Compare it with The Help. It’s taken in more than $206 million on a budget of $25 million.
Hopefully the film industry won’t end up going the way of men’s figure skating.