Nowhere is Hollywood bias more blatant than at awards shows. The nominations and prizes provide a remarkable window into the political leanings of the industry. The snub of Clint Eastwood for Best Actor in “Gran Torino” is symptomatic of that overwhelming bias. Usually when a legendary actor yet to win a performance Oscar plays what could be his last role, he’s a shoe-in. Yet, Eastwood’s fine work was ignored, probably due to the film’s political bias.
For a number of years now, the Grammy award for “Best Spoken Word Album” has been the most political. It has nothing to do with recording or performance quality and has degenerated down to the “political statement we most admire.”
A politician seeking a Grammy for his shelf, need do nothing more than read parts of his book in front of a microphone. Barack Obama (2008 & 2005), Jimmy Carter (2007), Bill Clinton (2004), Al Franken (2003 & 1996), and Hillary Clinton (Non Musical 1996), have all taken the award in the past.
This year, the award was taken by Al Gore for another version of “An “Inconvenient Truth”; a never-ending documentary, which has actually outlasted the warming. For those of you who are unaware (I was), there was an audio book version of the book version of the film version of his PowerPoint presentation. It was read by Beau Bridges, Blair Underwood, and Cynthia Nixon. (Apparently, it took three actors to get through the whole thing without falling asleep.)
Why are awards dominated by Leftists? While on the Right, achievement is ranked by material gain, for the Left, it’s awards and honorary degrees. What is in the leftist mentality that enjoys golden statues so much? Is there something in the mind of collectivists that makes a nodding approval from the group necessary for self-fulfillment?
On the left, awards are very important. Al Gore might be spouting gibberish disguised as science, (and his enormous carbon footprint is testament to how little he actually believes what he says) but the fact that he has a Nobel, an Emmy, an Oscar, and now a Grammy, is enough to label him a genius.
I’m reminded of the line from a Charlie Brown Christmas, where Lucy enrages Schroeder over Beethoven:
He never got his picture on bubble gum cards did he? Have you ever seen his picture on a bubble gum card? How can you say someone is great who’s never had his picture on bubble gum cards.
No wonder conservatives are treated like idiots.
They’re not “great.”