D’Souza Defiant Despite Disappointing Academy Dismissal



The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will not be considering Dinesh D’Souza’s 2016: Obama’s America for any awards this year.

Critics are bashing the Academy’s decision as just more of the same “liberal political ideology” that always comes from Hollywood.  In an article from The Hollywood Reporter, D’Souza says:

“I want to thank the Academy for not nominating our film,” D’Souza joked. “By ignoring 2016, the top-performing box-office hit of 2012, and pretending that films like Searching for Sugar Man and This Is Not a Film are more deserving of an Oscar, our friends in Hollywood have removed any doubt average Americans may have had that liberal political ideology, not excellence, is the true standard of what receives awards.”

Of course, D’Souza begins his remarks by “thanking” the Academy for the snub.  He really wanted the “documentary” to be nominated.  However, since it wasn’t, he can now play the role of victim.  Conservative Hollywood and political types are great at this.  They want your notoriety, but gain more credibility with their own people if you spurn them.  How’s about that for “having their cake and eating it, too.”

The more important part about D’Souza’s reaction is the fact that it completely denies the fact that his movie was not a documentary, like other films are documentaries.  Joseph Goebbels would have been proud of the way D’Souza made this movie, but that’s where the adulation should stop.

The Academy awards filmmakers for their good work, not how monetarily successful their films are.  I am not going to go into an in-depth study of this, but I’m sure that anyone could look at the box office gross of movies – and whether or not they are nominated – to find that those considered more “artistic” receive more awards than those that are bigger box office successes.  In general.  On that basis, we can easily see why 2016 snubbed.

I saw this movie.  It wasn’t particularly artsy.  It wasn’t unique in it’s approach, nor was it unique in its content.  It didn’t have any tales of human interest or woe.

This movie was a hit piece.  It looked professionally made, but it was boring, inaccurate and erroneously prophetic.

If that doesn’t work for you, then go by what the Academy said.  They claim that the process by which movies are whittled down led to this movie being snubbed.

The Hangover was a huge box office success.  It wasn’t nominated by the Academy.  The producers of the movie didn’t complain, or make backhanded compliments.  They rolled the dice and made another movie.

So, maybe D’Souza should just shut up and make another movie.  Or, he could go away.

I know he has had some trouble at the Christian institution, of which he used to be president, but that’s not going to stop me from saying that D’Souza should be ashamed by the witness he gave through his work on 2016.

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