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Why Oscar Made The Right Choice?

March 9, 2010

In this age of anti-capitalism and anti-Americanism, Oscar made the right choice in naming The Hurt Locker as the Best Picture or the best movie of the year.

If there’s one thing to celebrate about the latest list of Oscar winners, it is the indication that the most celebrated, the most

Pro-American "The Hurt Locker" versus Liberal "Avatar"

Pro-American "The Hurt Locker" versus Liberal "Avatar"

popular and the most exciting award-giving body is gradually turning to the right. Indeed, action speaks louder than words, as the Oscar snubbed loud propaganda and liberal films, such as Michael Moore’s anti-capitalist documentary and James Cameron’s liberal and environmentalist movie Avatar.

It is true that the anti-American, anti-capitalist projects of these two liberal film-makers made millions— or even billions in the case of Cameron— but they merely reflect the dominant culture in the United States and the world today. Both Avatar and Capitalism: A Love Story, which are to be regarded as a motion-picture manifesto by, of and for the liberals and leftists in America and the rest of the world, reveal the dominant culture that is eating at the core of our civilized society—the culture of mediocrity, which is anti-man, anti-profits, anti-capitalism, and anti-reason.

In this age of anti-capitalism and anti-Americanism, Oscar made the right choice in naming The Hurt Locker as the Best Picture or the best movie of the year. Unlike Cameron’s Avatar, which represents many of the expected liberal Hollywood elements, The Hurt Locker is essentially a pro-American film, as it did not demonize American soldiers as part of the US empire project.

The Hurt Locker won the top two prizes at Sunday’s Academy Awards, bringing home the best picture award and the best director honor for Kathryn Bigelow. Bigelow is the first woman in the 82-year history of the Oscars to earn Hollywood’s top prize for filmmakers. It is ironic that award-winning director beat her ex-husband Cameron and his sci-fi movie, Avatar. Bigelow and Cameron were married from 1989 to 1991.

“There’s no other way to describe it. It’s the moment of a lifetime,” Bigelow said. “It’s so extraordinary to be in the company of my fellow nominees, such powerful filmmakers, who have inspired me and I have admired, some of them for decades.”

She dedicated the award to the military men and women serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world: “May they come home safe.”

Here’s a good analysis by Lowell Ponte of Newsmax.com:

“Avatar” embodies many of the expected liberal Hollywood elements. It is a sci-fi Western in which an environmentally sensitive native people fights against money-driven corporate invaders who look and sound like today’s Americans.

“Nowadays in politically correct Westerns the Native-Americans are the heroes. The cowboys, except those who turncoat and join the native tribe or who try to defend tribal rights, are the villains.

“Hollywood finds it easy to put black hats on cowboy Americans for two reasons. It satisfies liberal ideology’s blame-America-first, capitalism-is-evil values, and, more importantly, films that criticize America play better in overseas markets where America continues to be viewed with a mixture of distaste and envy.

“Avatar” as of this past weekend has earned approximately $720 million in the U.S.; only about 28 percent of its worldwide $2.5 billion gross. Director James Cameron has once again made himself wealthy with a film that depicts wealth as bad.

“The Hurt Locker,” by contrast, does not demonize the American soldiers it depicts defusing terrorist bombs in a far Muslim land. And at the Academy Awards, “Hurt Locker” Director Kathryn Bigelow went out of her way to praise the soldiers, firefighters, and other brave heroes who, to paraphrase Rudyard Kipling, “guard us while we sleep.”

“A deep character study that explores many facets of our soldiers and, through them, our situation in the Middle East, “The Hurt Locker,” by not making the usual liberal attacks on America, comes across as a pro-American movie.”

However, many liberals and socialists were unhappy when Oscar snubbed Michael Moore’s pro-leftist, anti-capitalist documentary Capitalism: A Love Story, which presents the worst misrepresentation of capitalism in Hollywood today. It is not surprising that the Huffington Post was saddened by Oscar’s treatment of Moore’s film as nothing but a product of sheer ignorance and liberal stupidity.

The Huffington Post lamented: “Of the 89 documentary films eligible for Oscar consideration this year, 15 were selected for a short list of potential nominees. And Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” wasn’t one of them.”

I also made the following observation about Moore’s documentary:

“Michael Moore is plain stupid liberal who does not know what he’s talking about. His new movie “Capitalism: A Love Story” seriously misrepresents the ideals of capitalism. The premise of his new film-docu would have been justified had he entitled it “Government Regulation and Corruption: A Love Story. Moore miserably failed to define his terms. Capitalism is a term with objective meaning. It is a system that is based on individual rights. Moore also failed to objectively explain the cause of America’s recession. America’s economic collapse in 2008 was brought about by excessive government intervention. It started with the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, a situation that justified the fractional reserve system, which rendered the US dollar partly backed by gold.”

Now it is expected that left-leaning pundits and liberal activists are fuming about the Oscar victory of The Hurt Locker that won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. I’d like to share a very interesting remark by Sanjukta Sharma of Livemint.com:

“How could the Academy award a pro-America, US Army-sympathizing film?

“For many of us in many parts of the world, anti-Americanism or anti-American rhetoric has become a badge of our identity. Often we disregrad the fact that a very compelling human story can be set in a bomb-diffusing squad of the US Army.

“The Academy hasn’t been known to be unbiased. ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ getting that many awards proved its blatant lapse of judgement—or the power of lobbyists in the Academy. I can’t be sure why one film seems to sweep all the awards every year. Even ‘Hurt Locker’ which is a gritty, flawlessly- executed, brilliantly-performed film doesn’t deserve all six awards. But Kathryn Bigelow certainly deserves the director’s prize. Of late, the Academy has been awarding small films set against a bigger, political canvas—not necessarily the best or the most powerful human drama. There’s no reason but this for ‘Revolutionary Road’ not getting Best Film the same year that ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ got it.

“But ‘Hurt Locker’ is a great film. Like many war f ilms, it does focus on one side of the story. But to consider it a propaganda film is to entirely disregard the maker’s competence, vision and hard work. It didn’t have big names, but had skillful film technicians and a very skillful film-maker at work. Let’s just be happy that the Academy has recognized that.

“‘Avatar’ certainly didn’t deserve it. It is not a director’s film—it belongs to a technical whiz with a powerful visual imagination. It has all the correct messages, which doesn’t make it the best film of the year.”

Certainly Avatar didn’t deserve the Best Picture Award and cheers to Oscars for making the right choice!

The 82nd Academy Awards complete winners list:

Best Picture

And the Best Picture goes to "The Hurt Locker!"

And the Best Picture goes to "The Hurt Locker!"

“Avatar”
“The Hurt Locker” WINNER!
“Inglourious Basterds”
“The Blind Side”
“District 9”
“An Education”
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
“A Serious Man”
“Up”
“Up in the Air”

Best Director
James Cameron “Avatar”
Kathryn Bigelow “The Hurt Locker” WINNER!
Lee Daniels “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Quentin Tarantino “Inglourious Basterds”
Jason Reitman “Up in the Air”

Best Actress
Sandra Bullock “The Blind Side” WINNER!
Helen Mirren “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan “An Education”
Gabourey Sidibe “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Meryl Streep “Julie & Julia”

Best Actor
Jeff Bridges “Crazy Heart” WINNER!
George Clooney “Up in the Air”
Colin Firth “A Single Man” AH
Morgan Freeman “Invictus”
Jeremy Renner “The Hurt Locker”

Best Supporting Actress
Penelope Cruz “Nine”
Vera Farmiga “Up in the Air”
Maggie Gyllenhaal “Crazy Heart”
Anna Kendrick “Up in the Air”
Mo’Nique “Precious” WINNER!

Best Supporting Actor
Matt Damon “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson “The Messenger”
Christopher Plummer “The Last Station”
Stanley Tucci “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz “Inglourious Basterds” WINNER!

Animated Feature
“Coraline”
“Fantastic Mr Fox”
“The Princess and the Frog”
“The Secret of Kells”
“Up” WINNER!

Original Screenplay

“The Hurt Locker” WINNER!
“Inglourious Basterds”
“The Messenger”
“A Serious Man” AH
“Up”

Adapted Screenplay
“District 9”
“An Education”
“In the Loop”
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” WINNER!
“Up in the Air”

Art Direction
“Avatar” WINNER!
“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
“Nine”
“Sherlock Holmes”
“The Young Victoria”

Cinematography
“Avatar” WINNER!
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“The White Ribbon”

Film Editing
“Avatar”
“District 9”
“The Hurt Locker” WINNER!
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Foreign Language Film
“Ajami” (Israel)
“El Secreto de Sus Ojos” (Argentina) WINNER!
“The Milk of Sorrow” (Peru)
“The Prophet” (France)
“The White Ribbon” (Germany)

Best Original Score
“Avatar”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Sherlock Holmes”
“Up”WINNER!

Best Original Song
“Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog”
“Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog”
“Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36”
“Take It All” from “Nine”
“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” WINNER!

Costume Design
“Bright Star”
“Coco Before Chanel”
“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”
“Nine”
“The Young Victoria”WINNER!

Best Documentary
“Burma VJ”
“The Cove” WINNER!
“Food Inc.”
“The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers”
“Which Way Home”

Best Documentary (short subject)
“China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province”
“The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner” JB
“The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant”
“Music by Prudence” WINNER!
“Rabbit à la Berlin”

Best Short Film (Animated)
“French Roast”
“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty”
“The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)”
“Logorama” WINNER!
“A Matter of Loaf and Death”

Best Short Film (Live Action)
“The Door”
“Instead of Abracadabra”
“Kavi”
“Miracle Fish”
“The New Tenants” WINNER!

Makeup
“Il Divo”
“Star Trek” WINNER!
“The Young Victoria”

Sound Editing
“Avatar”
“The Hurt Locker” WINNER!
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Star Trek”
“Up”

Sound Mixing
“Avatar”
“The Hurt Locker” WINNER!
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Star Trek”
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

Visual Effects

“Avatar” WINNER!
“District 9”
“Star Trek”

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