|The Hollyweird Snub|
It is a mystery on how they first nominate contenders and second decide on winners. This includes Golden Globes, Oscars, Grammys, American Music, Tonys, MTV VJs or Emmys Awards.
But this year I am even more baffled by the process than usual. And I think the process is so flawed that the integrity of these American institutions is called into question.
The Butler is snubbed by the Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.
Are you kidding me?
The critically acclaimed and mesmerizing civil rights movie, dating from the 1920's to present day events (election of President Obama), was without a doubt one of the best movies that I had seen not just this year but in decades. Forest Whitaker, Oprah, Lee Daniels (the director) and supporting cast created a timeless master piece.
This movie and cast deserved Award nominations -- plural.
I suspect the snub was political. In my opinion, America can look back (from a safe distance) at slavery (12 Years A Slave) and say it was morally wrong -- no problem there. To the average American, slavery was regional -- those damn southern confederates -- and it happened a long, long, long time ago.
Yet these same Americans (even in so-called liberal circles) struggle with contemporary examinations of social, economic and racial inequality: to close to home.
Hollywood appreciates and awards a movie when a white patron savior descends upon "the hood" to rescue a black victim (rescue them from their group pathologies). Sandra Bullock was crowned Best Actress by the Academy and Golden Globes for her 2010 role in The Blind Side.
She played a wealthy woman who rescued Baltimore Raven Michael Oher and helped him become a professional athlete. She was rewarded for a film that the real Michael Oher rejects:
In the movie, Oher is portrayed as somewhat slow-witted, lethargic and not athletic. The film suggests he didn’t know the basics of football before he was taken in by the well-to-do Tuohy family and put into shoulder pads.
The lack of respect of his sports know-how is the primary reason why Oher said he doesn’t like the movie. source
Just the type of Negro Hollywood loves...
Justin Timberlake wins best R&B Grammy and pop hip hop, suburban white act sweeps all the Hip Hop awards.
Before we delve into this outrage, just remember: The hip hop Holy Trinity -- Biggie Smalls, Tupac and Nas -- all never one single Grammy. So, from the jump, it is obvious that the panel of voters have zero appreciation for this music genre. Enuff said.
JT winning the best R&B Grammy....recount please! Now, JT has decent chops for a pop sensation and he definitely has a soulful swag, but just peep some of his competition and you tell me.
PJ Morton featuring Stevie Wonder: Only One.
Anthony Hamilton: Best of Me
Tomar Braxton: War and Love
But at the end of the day, it is what it is, Hollywood recognition would be fitting but it's not necessary: we can and do affirm ourselves and support our artists. Just think, The Butler has grossed over 160 million dollars on a 30 million dollar budget -- and that is winning!