Does Donald Trump think the Oscars revile America?(Read article summary)
Donald Trump was asked on Fox News on Monday whether two movies were slighted by the Academy Awards because they're pro-American. Politics is swirling around the film awards season like never before.
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First, Mr. Doocy went through a buildup in which he asserted that both â€śArgo,â€ť a movie about US diplomats escaping from Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis, and â€śZero Dark Thirty,â€ť a film about the US hunt for Osama bin Laden, got more love from the Golden Globes than from the Academy Awards. The directors of both these movies were nominated for Golden Globes, he pointed out. (That would be Ben Affleck for â€śArgoâ€ť and Kathryn Bigelow for â€śZero Dark Thirty.â€ť Mr. Affleck won.) Yet neither got a nod in that category from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
â€śDo you think both of those movies are being punished by Oscar because theyâ€™re pro-American movies?â€ť Doocy inquired of The Donald, who often appears on the â€śFox & Friendsâ€ť show.
Without hesitation, Mr. Trump shot this theory down. â€śI donâ€™t think so,â€ť he said. Then he went on to praise NBC for how much it has built up the Golden Globe franchise over the years. (Is it a coincidence that Trumpâ€™s own â€śCelebrity Apprenticeâ€ť appears on that network? You be the judge.)
Anyway, weâ€™d say that this is one mark for rationality: Both â€śArgoâ€ť and â€śZero Dark Thirtyâ€ť have won an Academy Award Best Picture nomination, after all.
But itâ€™s true that this year, politics is swirling around the film awards season like never before. Look at who appeared as a surprise presenter on the Golden Globe telecast â€“ Bill Clinton.
The 42nd president of the United States introduced a clip of Steven Spielbergâ€™s film â€śLincoln,â€ť which depicts the push to abolish slavery through enactment of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution.
â€śA tough fight to push a bill through a bitterly divided House of Representatives,â€ť Mr. Clinton said in his introduction. â€śWinning it required the president to make a lot of unsavory deals that had nothing to do with the big issue.â€ť
Then, he paused just a bit before adding, â€śI wouldnâ€™t know anything about that.â€ť
Was his appearance a subtle pro-Democrat move? Well, unlike Abraham Lincoln, Clinton isnâ€™t a Republican, last we looked. True, he talked about the need for â€śprinciple and compromiseâ€ť to make enduring progress in governing America, which is a suitably bipartisan sentiment. But if the showâ€™s producers had wanted to say â€śletâ€™s all come together,â€ť they could have had George W. Bush up on stage with him.