Saturday, March 04, 2006

"Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered"

Why even have the Academy Awards. We already know this year's best movie: "Star Wars, Episode III." Why? Because it made the most money.

That's what cultural conservatives seem to be saying in their continued one-note assault against this year's Oscar nominees. "(T)he Hollywood elite takes great pride in thumbing its collective nose at those of us who choose note to waste our time and money on some of this year's most hyped films, such as 'Brokeback Mountain,' 'Transamerica' and 'Capote,'" according to a local PR maven writing in Friday's AJC.

So we know Jan McClue won't be handling PR duties for the next Pride festival. Her critique --- echoed by small-minded prudes nationwide --- is quite transparent. Just come out and say it: I don't like films that say gay is ok. That doesn't boil my blood near as much as this lame argument that quality is determined by box office receipts.

"If you add together all of the socially charged and/or politically correct Oscar-nominated movies this year, they have grossed only $229 million. On the other hand, tally 'Narnia' at $288 million ..."

She goes on to mention "Walk the Line" as another "family-friendly" (for God sakes, please retire that phrase) film that deserved more attention from Oscar. Interesting ... so a movie about a pill-popping adulterer (no disrespect to Johnny Cash, or the flick) is okay for the kids?

While Hollywood can be excessively PC, you can't argue with the merits of this year's nominees (save for "Munich.") It's refreshing to see quality rewarded once in a while, even if it takes an awards show to do it.

As for Ms. McClure, have you bought Eminem's greatest hits CD yet? It's a big-seller, and you know what that means.

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