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“Lessons Learned” on Oscar Night?

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Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The over-riding message from this year’s Academy Awards? It was: “We’ve Learned Our Lesson!” Responding to the #MeToo movement and reports of erotic exploitation and sexism, presenters and Oscar winners frequently alluded to the scandal and made sanctimonious pledges to crack down on wrong-doers.

After complaints in recent years about scant Oscar attention to people of color, numerous black and Hispanic celebrities appeared on stage and Latinos won some of the most important Oscars—including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Song, Best Animated Film, and best Foreign Language Film.

And after last year’s epic snafu with Warren Beatty announcing the wrong Best Picture winner, this year he received the right envelope.

Despite such improvements, a long predictable ceremony, with no blockbusters in serious contention, yielded some of the lowest TV ratings in Academy history.

Have the lessons really been learned?

Time will tell.

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  1. Nani Tavares  •  Mar 7, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    How can an event meant to pat their own self on the back supposed to learn anything?

    The "stars" are too busy hating and basing in their self proclaimed glory to accomplished much.

    And really, don't they kind of look silly, standing there posing? This to a generation of "selfies"?

  2. Abcs  •  Mar 7, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    #metoo is here to stay. I’m looking forward to the nuns and priests coming forward. And all those hands-on rabbis and evangelical Christian preachers. Hollywood will continue to get hard, but Hollywood has never been in the religious proselytizing business, at least. At any rate, my popcorn budget is gonna skyrocket.

    • John  •  Mar 9, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      To say Hollywood has never been in the religious proselytizing business seems extremely naive. Just because they don't claim to be religious doesn't mean they aren't religious. Even in most comedies there is a message being proclaimed. What is right and what is wrong? Look at any movie, from "Guardians of the Galaxy 2" to "50 Shades of Grey" and they all are seeking to transmit a message. They may make you laugh or cry but even that is because of a message that is being sent that the viewer is responding to. You may feel entertained or not but you will have considered what the director, producer, actors and crew were telling you before the movie or program is over. Storytelling is one of the primary ways humans transmit ethics and beliefs and it was that way long before TV and movies. "Abcs" you might want to rethink your understanding of what religion is.

      • Rizzo  •  Mar 12, 2018 at 9:03 am

        Excellent point!

      • philsterbee  •  Mar 13, 2018 at 2:47 pm

        You're right. Global warming is a religion, and today's entertainment industry is its roadside revival.

  3. Rizzo  •  Mar 9, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    It is so delicious to watch these so-called leaders of The Women's March, turn themselves in knots, defending Women’s March Co-President Tamika Mallory.

    Leftists can no longer contain their Anti-Semitism.

    I'll wait for Ty's defense of ol' Farrakhan and his lifelong link to DEMS!

    • Ty  •  Mar 10, 2018 at 12:36 am

      I never liked Farrakhan and think he's a nut.

      • Rizzo  •  Mar 10, 2018 at 2:17 pm

        You may not like Farrakhan, but your party LOVES Louie!
        No dem will ever denounce him.

      • kmeechan  •  Mar 11, 2018 at 12:15 am

        thank you. How about adding he's a racist and anti-Semite?

      • Rizzo  •  Mar 11, 2018 at 9:59 am

        Farrakhan and his followers are like the left’s version of The White Supremacy groups. I would argue, however, they are much more dangerous. Everyone denounces and rejects the KKK and white supremacy…. the left, FULLY embrace ol Louie’s brand of hate. Who remembers Obama’s hateful “preacher”?

      • Ty  •  Mar 11, 2018 at 12:43 pm

        Yes, he's racist against whites and a Jew hater.

      • Rizzo  •  Mar 11, 2018 at 4:49 pm

        Jeremiah Wright…. aw yes, that's his name. Jeremiah Wright, the Farrakhan disciple, and the pastor of Barack Hussein Obama.
        Could you ever imagine Trump or any Republican president being elected after learning they attended the church of David Duke and/or was married with him officiating the ceremony?

        That would be a giant HELL TO THE NO!

  4. Dolores Page Eskenberry  •  Mar 9, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Good job Michael! The truth is always appreciated. Refreshing!

  5. HdwJunkie  •  Mar 9, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    re: "with no blockbusters in serious contention"

    Therein lies a big part of the problem. I, for one, go to the movies to be entertained, not lectured at, or to have grotesque images of violence, abuse, and torture thrown at me. Movies that cause PTSD aren't my thing. Came to not like Peckinpah movies back in the day; Straw Dogs was a nightmare.

    The number of movies that I'll even consider going to, much less taking my teenagers to, gets smaller every year. A couple of years ago, we saw Bridge of Spies; the kids really liked it. We saw Thor this winter. Not much else.

    • Ty the Savior  •  Mar 10, 2018 at 12:41 am

      I was going to suggest something snarky that would pass through your personal offense test, but today I will offer up a gift.

      Watch the movie – Ikiru

      Old movie from 1952, I never saw it but after Michael Crighton died of Jurassic Park fame, I looked up some of his books on amazon and came across an interview with some questions. One was if he was stranded on an island what was one book and movie he'd want with him. The movie he chose was Ikiru. It made perfect sense based on his terminal cancer, it deals with meaning in life.

      I think most of you religious folks might find it especially interesting since so many of you think true meaning is derived from God.

  6. kmeechan  •  Mar 11, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Michael, what is the point of this column that took you 3 minutes to write? That Hollywood is hypocritical? Obviously. Who cares? I don't think they have much influence anyway and I can enjoy a movie by an idiot liberal irregardless of their politics (unless they inject gratuitous political messages or cheap shots that needlessly detract from the story).

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