Academy Snubs Eastwood Over Politics

Academy Snubs Eastwood Over Politics

There are 266 comments on the www.newsmax.com story from Feb 2, 2009, titled Academy Snubs Eastwood Over Politics. In it, www.newsmax.com reports that:

There were plenty of snubs in this year’s Oscar nominations.

Still, the Academy reserved its coldest shoulder for Clint Eastwood and his latest film, “Gran Torino.”

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HollywoodSnob

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#1 Feb 2, 2009
Clint is great Hollywood sucks

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#2 Feb 2, 2009
The piece suggests that the fact that Eastwood has never won a best actor Oscar was because of a plot against him. I would like to remind the writer that throughout most of his career Clint Eastwood's acting skills were regarded as limited to say the least. I personally think he has given a few good performances, including the one in Gran Torino. But his not winning a best actor Oscar should come as no surprise.
The writer also omits one important element in Gran Torino, that getting to know someone up close can defeat bigotry. If not for this thematic point, Eastwood's character might have been judged one of the most obnoxious in screen history.
If Eastwood's politics played a part in his being ignored at Oscar time, that would be unfortunate. But the Academy knew his politics when he won for best director, so I question the theory.

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#3 Feb 2, 2009
His director awards were for movies that fit into their liberal philosophies - part of his doing "pennance".

There has been a large amount of evidence that politics play a large part in Hollywood regarding a person's success.
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
The piece suggests that the fact that Eastwood has never won a best actor Oscar was because of a plot against him. I would like to remind the writer that throughout most of his career Clint Eastwood's acting skills were regarded as limited to say the least. I personally think he has given a few good performances, including the one in Gran Torino. But his not winning a best actor Oscar should come as no surprise.
The writer also omits one important element in Gran Torino, that getting to know someone up close can defeat bigotry. If not for this thematic point, Eastwood's character might have been judged one of the most obnoxious in screen history.
If Eastwood's politics played a part in his being ignored at Oscar time, that would be unfortunate. But the Academy knew his politics when he won for best director, so I question the theory.

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Fielding Mellish

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#4 Feb 2, 2009
So, we're going to use politics as an excuse now everytime we don't win a prize? I saw the film, it's very good, butthat doesn't mean he should win Best Actor.

“i hope we can change this!”

Since: Aug 08

usa

#5 Feb 2, 2009
Lawrence Wolf wrote:
The piece suggests that the fact that Eastwood has never won a best actor Oscar was because of a plot against him. I would like to remind the writer that throughout most of his career Clint Eastwood's acting skills were regarded as limited to say the least. I personally think he has given a few good performances, including the one in Gran Torino. But his not winning a best actor Oscar should come as no surprise.
The writer also omits one important element in Gran Torino, that getting to know someone up close can defeat bigotry. If not for this thematic point, Eastwood's character might have been judged one of the most obnoxious in screen history.
If Eastwood's politics played a part in his being ignored at Oscar time, that would be unfortunate. But the Academy knew his politics when he won for best director, so I question the theory.
"The piece suggests that the fact that Eastwood has never won a best actor Oscar was because of a plot against him."

It makes your fellow liberals look shallow and hateful, doesn't it? Gotta tell ya, most of them are!
And, just because YOU don't buy into the article, Larry, doesn't make it untrue ...

I'm sure you believe Tina Fey won the entertainer of the year award on talent, too, huh?

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Monty

Columbia City, IN

#6 Feb 2, 2009
Clint is an intelligent guy who is a true patriot.
Great actor and producer. Intelligent people make great actors...People like Tina Fey imitate and degrade the profession.

The idiots and bubbleheaded broads that are slobbering all over the new PRES aren't going to be so thrilled when they can't get a job because the new adminstration has made our republic socialist. Who is going to support their efforts then? No one is going to be loaning money to make movies when the government is bailing out and creating bigger govt.
Hollywood get ready for the soup lines...you are on your way.
Seeking Truth

Evansville, IN

#7 Feb 2, 2009
I don't give a crap, but I'm glad it was filmed in Detroit. Michigan is a microcosm of the country. We are all hoping that the film industry will thrive here.
Bill O

United States

#8 Feb 2, 2009
Yup, pretty much.
HollywoodSnob wrote:
Clint is great Hollywood sucks

“i hope we can change this!”

Since: Aug 08

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#9 Feb 2, 2009
Seeking Truth wrote:
I don't give a crap, but I'm glad it was filmed in Detroit. Michigan is a microcosm of the country. We are all hoping that the film industry will thrive here.
If Obama succeeds, Michigan will be a microcosm of the country...On life support!
Personally, I'd like to avoid that prospect!

Since: Feb 08

Phoenix, AZ

#10 Feb 2, 2009
Fielding Mellish wrote:
So, we're going to use politics as an excuse now everytime we don't win a prize? I saw the film, it's very good, butthat doesn't mean he should win Best Actor.
It's not politics to give it to a dead guy who played a cartoon character? The oscar's are irrelevant anyway. Keep the statue, just give me the success Eastwood has had over the past 40-50 years. Few if any can equal it.

Since: Oct 08

Alpharetta, GA

#11 Feb 2, 2009
It was a good movie, but just above average. But as Clint is not known as the typical lefty dem lib whacko, it's not a stretch to imagine them not including him into their little whacko clique. Certainly somebody like Sean Penn will win, what with his awe inspiring roll of a lifetime, playing a gaay San Fagcisco politician.
Seeking Truth

Evansville, IN

#12 Feb 2, 2009
carey529 wrote:
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If Obama succeeds, Michigan will be a microcosm of the country...On life support!
Personally, I'd like to avoid that prospect!
Where would we be with 4 more years of BUSH?

“Good luck with that”

Since: Dec 07

Eden Praire

#13 Feb 2, 2009
Hollywood is full of self-righteous hypocrites who think that they can tell the rest of the world how to live and what to believe. The awards are just a way for them to pat themselves on the back and brag to each other about how wonderful they are.

They are a complete waste of space.
Thomas

Chicago, IL

#14 Feb 2, 2009
Better off than today
Seeking Truth wrote:
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Where would we be with 4 more years of BUSH?
shadow

Avon, IN

#15 Feb 2, 2009
see? everything politics touches it destroys. he should have won

Since: Jul 08

Berkeley, CA

#16 Feb 2, 2009
bryts wrote:
Hollywood is full of self-righteous hypocrites who think that they can tell the rest of the world how to live and what to believe. The awards are just a way for them to pat themselves on the back and brag to each other about how wonderful they are.
They are a complete waste of space.
Yet, here you are! But, I must agree, the whole awards thing is a waste and I don't give a damn about who gets them. I'll judge for myself which one's I like.

“Happiness comes through giving”

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#17 Feb 2, 2009
GAPatriot65 wrote:
His director awards were for movies that fit into their liberal philosophies - part of his doing "pennance".
There has been a large amount of evidence that politics play a large part in Hollywood regarding a person's success.
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Baloney, 65. Clint Eastwood has never directed a picture he didn't want to make. If you read "liberal philosophies" into any of them, maybe it's because you and Eastwood have differing points of view on some issues.
I want to make it clear that I admire Clint Eastwood's accomplishments, and I consider him one of the best American film directors. If Gran Torino were chosen among the Oscar nominees for best picture, I would have considered it well deserved. My point is that Eastwood is broadly admired in the movie industry, and there is no widespread plot against him.

“Happiness comes through giving”

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#18 Feb 2, 2009
carey529 wrote:
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"The piece suggests that the fact that Eastwood has never won a best actor Oscar was because of a plot against him."
It makes your fellow liberals look shallow and hateful, doesn't it? Gotta tell ya, most of them are!
And, just because YOU don't buy into the article, Larry, doesn't make it untrue ...
I'm sure you believe Tina Fey won the entertainer of the year award on talent, too, huh?
No, but I'd nominate you for the clueless poster of the year award.
The problem with Tina Fey is that Sarah Palin is much funnier.
change

Milledgeville, GA

#19 Feb 2, 2009
Leftists are the true oppressors...

...and elitist hypocrites:

“Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter.”
- Sen. Tom Daschle, Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507.
change

Milledgeville, GA

#20 Feb 2, 2009
Seeking Truth wrote:
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Where would we be with 4 more years of BUSH?
We'd have four more years of massive obstruction and recklessly subversive propaganda from the Left, with their goal of victory thru defeat...at any cost.

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