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Last Build Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 10:30:11 -0600

Copyright: Copyright 2007

Hollywood's Big Ho-Hum

Tue, 27 Feb 2007 10:30:11 -0600

Religion of a sort also played a part. The belief in man-made catastrophic global warming, or what Gore kept dubbing the "climate crisis," (any bad weather will do, as in this year's extremely cold winter) is the new secular religion and Gore its preacher. And Hollywood has become the locus for its devotees. One could see it in the shiny upturned faces of audience members as they cheered on Gore and Melissa Etheridge for the numbingly dull and therefore aptly titled Inconvenient Truth theme song "I Need to Wake Up," which, of course, won the award for Best Song. They truly believe they are doing God's work (or rather Gaia's work) simply by mouthing slogans about low-flush toilets, recycling and compost, such as those appearing on the screen behind Etheridge during her performance. I'm sure audience members got right on saving the planet, after jumping into their hybrid limos at the end of the night and jaunting back home in their emissions-spewing private jets, that is. Hollywood, thy name is hypocrisy. The Hersholt Humanitarian Award bestowed upon former chairman of Paramount Pictures Motion Picture Group Sherry Lansing was similarly nauseating. Lansing has had a brilliant career in Hollywood and has donated a fair amount of money to various charities and organizations (including the much-tainted Carter Center). But this hardly qualifies her, of all the world's people, as the "great humanitarian" claimed by presenter Tom Cruise. But Hollywood loves to award its own and Lansing's glowing references to embryonic stem cell research and the noble scientists toiling in their laboratories (no word about the advances in adult stem cell research for some strange reason) were likely the real reason for her award. Again, mouth the right mottos and give money to the right people and you're golden - literally. Laughable moments in environmentalist silliness were aplenty. When Inconvenient Truth co-producer Lesley Chilcott prattled on to the surreal looking Joan Rivers about her "biodegradable" gown made of bamboo and recycled cotton (no human waste?), it could have been a Saturday Night Live skit. The slogans flashing on the screen behind Melissa Etheridge as she performed her mediocre song were astounding in both their banality and their nanny-statism. No doubt "mommy" (or rather the United Nations) will tell us all how to flush our toilets if the Democrats take over in 2008. At one point, Al Gore and his adoring co-presenter actor Leonardo DiCaprio announced that the Academy Awards had officially "gone green," whatever that means. From here on in, the Great Leader has decided that they will be dubbed the Green Academy Awards. Beyond the constant preening about saving the environment, Hollywood couldn't get enough of its international and ethnic "diversity," which presenters trumpeted on every occasion. At one point, host Ellen Degeneres (whom I normally find funny, but this time seemed subdued) pointed to black (originally from Africa) actor Djimoun Hounsou and then referenced Hollywood's wonderful diversity. Sort of a "some of my best friends are black" moment. One can only hope that deserving black actors such as Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker were awarded their Oscars based on merit and not white guilt. Mexico won big with various awards for Pan's Labyrinth, Italian composer-conductor Ennio Morricone gave his Honorary Academy Award acceptance speech in Italian, and presenters French actress Catherine Deneuve and Japanese actor Ken Watanabe made sure to remind audience members that they were French and Japanese, respectively. Indeed, cast members from Clint Eastwood's Oscar nominated Letters from Iwo Jima injected a rare Asian presence into the occasion. Too bad it was on behalf of imperial Japan. Next up, a warm fuzzy film from the perspective of the Nazis - all in the name of diversity, of course. In an uncommon moment of equanimity, the award for Best Foreign Film went to The Lives of Others, a German film about life in East Germany's former totalitarian state and the machinations of its secret police, the Stasi. P[...]