‘The Oscars are nothing but self-indulgent luvvies in an orgy of smugness’

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Even in a normal year the Oscars are nothing more than a bunch of overpaid luvvies, slapping themselves on the back in an orgy of self-indulgent smugness.

In the middle of the pandemic it’s even worse. That it’s a load of boring tosh no one will ever watch, let alone actually enjoy, isn’t the point. In fact, it probably helps.

Because how many movies any of us want to see ever win anything? Can’t stand the little runt personally but have to admit that Tom Cruise tends to make popular films.

And how many Oscars has he won? Zero. Zilch. Nada.

Why? Wonder whether it’s because he’s a white bloke who marries women and has strongly-held Scientology views on many of today’s virtue-signalling issues.

The nominations for this year’s annual bore-athon were announced this week and you won’t be shocked to hear they are being sold as “the most diverse in the award’s history”.

Which tells you everything you need to know about the real issue here. Nothing to do with making good stuff and all to do with ­making “good” points.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are responsible for nominations and winners There are 8,469 of them.

And up until very recently they were mostly male, pale, stale and very powerful. Even today, 68% of them are men. The charming Harvey Weinstein was literally ­putting the member into the membership until 2017.

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Now their agenda is to prove how aware they are of social, racial, sexual and religious injustice. And, by Jove, are they determined to hammer that point home?

Hollywood has always been run by the rich and powerful and having wealth and power corrupts.

Never easy to keep sight of what’s right when, behind the scenes, you can get away with ­being very wrong indeed.

Pay your mostly Hispanic/Korean domestic staff a pittance but pay lip service to equality? Lovely. Jet around the world in your private jet but plant a tree with huge “green” fanfare on some poverty stricken third world farmer’s field to compensate? Sorted.

Like what you see? Then fill your boots…

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Any case, 2021’s display of rank hypocrisy from Botoxed b*llends in millions of dollars worth of clobber has nine of the 20 acting nominees from ethnic minority backgrounds (including the first actor of Pakistani heritage).

The standard nod to our “special relationship” with America is that Brits are well represented with The Father’s Anthony Hopkins up for best actor (at 83 the oldest person ever). Mank, a black and white drama starring our very own Gary Oldman as Citizen Kane writer Herman Mankiewicz has most nods with 10.

The Oscars ceremony takes place on April 25 in a Covid secure, Zoomed way. All you can do is hope that if any of the nominees who have had their “diversity” trumpeted before their actual talent wins it is because they are bloody good at what they do.

And not because of a box they ticked for a rich, powerful, old white man.

  • Hollywood
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