Oscars So Politically Correct

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Oscars So Politically Correct

Illustration: Akshita Monga


ast year’s Guardian report on Hollywood’s biggest night maintained that despite accusations of #OscarsSoWhite, it was the most politically charged ceremony until 2016. The gala had included Leonardo DiCaprio’s impassioned speech on climate change and Lady Gaga’s performance alongside victims of sexual abuse, strung together by host Chris Rock’s many race-related jokes. For an awards show that had ignored performers of any racial profile other than Caucasian, this was the compensation that was necessary.

The report also pointed out that only 13 years prior, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore was booed off stage for expressing his views on George W Bush and the Iraq War, during his acceptance speech for Bowling For Columbine. Moore had said: “We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elect a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons… Shame on you, Mr Bush!” The filmmaker would go on to get death threats for his speech.