Empower Wisconsin | Feb. 10, 2020
By Christian Toto, Hollywood in Toto
Brad Pitt waited 30-plus years to win his first acting Oscar.
And what did he do once he finally reached the Academy Awards podium Sunday? Pitt spat out a snarky attack on President Donald Trump.
The only thing that could sum up the 92nd Oscars ceremony better was a film about income inequality earning the biggest prize of all.
The evening started with an upbeat performance by Janelle Monae. The singer capped her medley with a dollop of virtue signaling, the night’s most conspicuous theme.
“I’m so proud to stand here as a black queer woman celebrating telling stories,” Monae said. “Happy Black History Month!”
The Academy Awards producers, feeling the sting of #OscarsSoWhite 2.0, flooded the theater with women and people of color. The effort was so dramatic, and obvious, that several celebrities admitted most of us didn’t even know who they were.
Chances are they were right.
The evening sailed way past the three-hour mark, again. If the producers are willing to thumb their noses at half the country, they’re equally unwilling to make the night palatable for anyone outside Tinsel Town.
The acceptance speeches ranged from sweet to agonizing. “Parasite” director Bong Joon ho praised his fellow director nominees in a way that felt sweet, organic and true.
He also vowed to drink as soon as the festivities wrapped. Oh, so relatable.
“Parasite” crushed the overall competition, earning Best International Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture. The movie features a bizarre battle between an impoverished family and a wealthy clan, a theme that resonated with the Hollywood elites sans irony.
In between, we got the standard hard-left politics, female empowerment platitudes and a dearth of A-list talent.
Pitt’s win opened the awards part of the ceremony. He wasted little time getting political, and nasty, tying his victory with the settled impeachment trial.
“They told me I have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week. I’m thinking maybe Quentin Tarantino will make a movie out it. In the end, the adults do the right thing.”
Knowing what we now know about these acceptance speeches, any chance Pitt wrote that zinger himself?
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