The Oscars' Road to Perdition

By:  Dr. Ted Baehr and Dr. Tom Snyder
02/03/2014
       
The Oscars' Road to Perdition

Hollywood just announced its 2014 Oscar nominations for 2013 movies, and we have to say that the vast majority of the nominees are among the most disappointing Oscar nominees in years.

The vast majority of the nominees are boring, uninspiring, tasteless, elitist, senseless, or politically correct.

For example, in the Best Picture category, Oscar voters senselessly nominated sloppily made, mostly R-rated, and sometimes politically correct, adult dramas; often with disagreeable, unsympathetic characters.

They only nominated two really superb movies, Gravity and Captain Phillips. Nebraska had some uplifting moments, but its director foolishly refused to delete one obscenity from his movie to get a PG-13 rating instead of an R rating.

Also, only one of the Best Picture nominees, Gravity, appealed to families. Why couldn’t they nominate a couple animated family movies? Movieguide liked Frozen and Despicable Me 2 the most, but The Croods and Monsters University were also very good.

The press keeps talking about the Oscar snub against The Butler and the hype surrounding 12 Years a Slave, but there were two much better movies this year about African Americans, the crowd-pleasing and inspiring 42 and the lesser known Black Nativity, one of the most moving films of the entire year.

Unlike 42 and Black Nativity, The Butler and 12 Years a Slave contained some politically correct attacks on Christians and conservatives.

For instance, The Butler levels some false, anachronistic slanders against President Reagan at the end. 12 Years a Slave, which has a lot of thematic and structural problems, stereotypes Southern Christians during the time of slavery. It also depicts its protagonist as rather less than heroic, more as a cardboard cutout victim than a heroic individual willing to sacrifice himself for others.

The less said about The Wolf of Wall Street, the better perhaps. But this shameless, depraved, and painful movie is 20 minutes longer than the Hobbit movie!

Speaking of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, why not give this exciting, well-structured movie some major kudos? The acting performances in Smaug, for instance, are terrific, especially those of Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman.

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