It’s the Oscars tonight

Sunday, 24 February, 2019

Almost forgot. But Hollywood cannot be ignored, so the deeper thoughts of Nassim Nicholas Taleb about reading will have to wait until next weekend for a follow up to yesterday’s post.

Anyway, last year was an almost cinema-free year here so Rainy Day is in a poor position to judge the candidates. Best Picture? Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born, Vice. Haven’t seen any of them. Might never see one of them. What is noticeable about the official list is the absence of some of last year’s best films. No place found for The Death of Stalin or for Game Night. One place that definitely doesn’t get satire is Hollywood. And only a Sound Editing nomination for the terrifyingly original A Quiet Place. Shameful.

From Black Panther to Vice, the Best Picture Academy Awards list has more to do with politics than with cinema. It’s an expression of a worldview by a particular elite that feels more entitled harangue than to entertain. Still, they can’t prevent people from making and enjoying good films.

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