Monday, February 23, 2015

The Oscars: Predictable, Pretentious and Politically Laden

A slow moving, generally unfunny Oscar telecast resulted in predictable outcomes in almost all of the major award categories.

A significant moment occurred during the Oscar telecast when "Citizenfour," Laura Poitras's account of her work with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, won the Best Documentary Oscar. Poitras's film begins prior to the time that Snowden went public, when he was attempting to avoid being apprehended and possibly prosecuted. The film captures his struggle to come to terms with the fact that his life had irrevocably changed. "I was a participant as much as a documentarian," Poitras told TIME when "Citizenfour" was released. In her acceptance speech, she said, "The most important decisions being made in secret affect all of us." Snowden couldn't make it "for some treason," host Harris said, in what was a patently flat attempt at a joke. [more...]

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