“Spotlight” – How the Catholic Church enabled child rape.
“The Big Short” – How Wall Street got rich by fraudulently manipulating the housing market at the expense of average Americans.
“Concussion” – How the NFL pretended it didn’t know head trauma was killing its players young.
This isn’t a new theme in American movies (David and Goliath stories, fighting the system), and goodness knows how many documentaries explore this kind of institutional corruption, but it seems especially meaningful this year. Our institutions, when built on excess power and a lack of accountability, tend to run roughshod over us. It’s kind of a cynical time, often with good reason, so could this be the kind of zeitgeist theme that drives the Oscar narrative?
While these films are quite important in terms of subject matter, I don’t think that should be the theme this year. Probably because whenever there is an important film out every year, there is usually this mindset that said film should be the frontrunner or it has to be recognized because it is important. The theme should devote to sci-fi given the films we have in store (Star Wars, The Martian, Mad Max).
It’s a snapshot of our times. (ugh I am just reminded of American Sniper)
Better this, than remaining hidden.
There are other targets out there that NEED the high-profile exposure. I wont get started…
On the other hand, the entire thing can seem, so exceptionally ‘phoney’. Flavour of the year?
And yet, films which take unimagineable courage to make, such as that film from Turkey where the director was in jail, and smuggled it out, and women were chained to the floor…I for one, can salute these film makers without hesitation.