The Academy opted for youth market over cinematic brilliance and replaced judgement with cowardice. Let me deconstruct that for you.
Chosen Best Director Ang Lee, a visionary filmmaker to be sure, was (I guess) the safest mid-way point between the non-nominated Ben Affleck and the overly-powerful Steven Spielberg. (What is this need for Hollywood to loathe the director who has given so many masterpieces to the industry?)
Jennifer Lawrence—who gave a terrific performance—beat out the “older” nominees, and even the child candidate. Again, it will bring in young blood to Oscar awareness.
Christoph Waltz is an uncanny actor, but to have beaten Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Robert deNiro? Give me a break.
Sally Field was utterly robbed!!
Only the choice of the magnificent Daniel Day Lewis as Best Actor offered a ray of redemption in the strangest blend of class and tackiness in recent memory. It was also an historic win, since now the Irish-born actor is the only man to have won three Best Actor Oscars.
So let’s review: I was wrong about the Best Picture; wrong about the Best Director; wrong about the Best Actress; wrong about the best supporting Actor & Actress.
I was right on one count alone—Best Actor. This is all simply proof that my radar isn’t on the same wave of mass mediocrity as that of most media consumers. Were the Oscars always political (i.e. about $$$$)? Or am I just now noticing?