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Spreading the Wealth to Argo

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The Best Picture Oscar awarded to Argo over its chief competitor Lincoln represents another triumph for Hollywood’s liberal values. This is not a question of political favoritism: the directors, writers and producers of both films are all enthusiastic Democrats.

But Lincoln celebrated a uniquely heroic moment in American history—the final abolition of slavery—while Argo portrayed a deeply embarrassing episode: the Iran hostage crisis and the rescue of a few embassy employees through the intervention of kindly Canadians and Hollywood scam artists.

Finally, Steven Spielberg is the ultimate one-percenter, with two prior Best Director Oscars and a parade of commercial hits, while Ben Affleck is a once-reviled actor who didn’t even get nominated for Best Director for Argo. In giving the award to the less impressive achievement, the Academy tried to compensate in a classic spread-the-wealth gesture.

 

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  1. chuck endicott  •  Mar 1, 2013 at 10:10 am

    given he great spread of movies this time around the awards were going to be spread out any way.

  2. Louis Vuitton Speedy  •  Jul 30, 2013 at 10:37 pm

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