The Oscars program ran three hours and 49 minutes, and like many other “Democratic” programs, it was over budget and missed the ending deadline. If you stayed up past 12:30 a.m., you had a surprise ending; they got the winner of the Best Picture wrong, or did they? Some of the press called this fiasco the most “Historic, Colossal, Ludicrous” Oscar Screw-up mistake in the 89-year history of the Academy Awards.
Just the day before, another awards show took place in Atlanta, Georgia, and it took two ballots to come up with the designated winner. The Democrats on Saturday were selecting a new DNC Chairman, and it took two rounds of voting to pick the new leader. The outcome of that show had the loser receiving almost 47% of the votes. This result was hardly a unifying moment for the Democratic Party, nor a landslide victory for the winner. I look at the leading candidates, Perez and Ellison as a choice between Left and “Lefter.”
Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Chuck Schumer supported “Lefter,” while Hillary and former President Obama wanted Perez. Once again the Democratic Left gave it to Hillary. With 447 votes cast, Perez won by 23 votes and immediately appointed Ellison as vice-chairman of the committee.
Switching back to the Oscars for a moment, one has to wonder if some people didn’t like the vote of the Academy on Best Picture. It seems they wanted to make a statement on a night that was full of political statements. As I see it, either Emma Stone was in on the deal along with Warren Beatty, or somebody else gave Warren the wrong envelope. Hollywood may never know the answer to this question as to how this happened, just as on November 8, Democrats were asking the same question about Hillary’s loss. How did this happen?
Back to the DNC election, I have the same question about two possibilities. Will mainstream Democrats unite behind a Left agenda and vote to get the Senate or House back in 2018? Or is it possible that traditional Democrats will reject the Left-leaning leadership and return the party to Left-Center with a smaller minority after 2018?
By the same token, will the voters for the Best Picture ever trust that the system is honest, or will their votes only count when they are voting for what the elite, politically correct want? How is it possible that through Oscar weekend, Moonlight had gross box office receipts since October of only $22 million worldwide, while La La Land had $370 million worldwide?
Now it is time to see just how screwed up the Academy is. In these months of fake news charges and lack of fact checking, Hollywood didn’t check its facts. You see one of my favorite parts of the Oscars show is the time when the stars that passed away during the last year are identified. It is somewhat nostalgic for me as like many of you, I grew up during the lifetime of these stars. Well, you won’t hear much about this failure to fact check, but during this segment, the file clip said that Janet Patterson, a costume designer had passed when in fact she was in the audience and could be heard saying, “I’m here, I’m alive!”
We learned from the Obama administration that it could spend more and do less than perhaps any other government. Now we know that Hollywood has its own agenda and will make its point, even if it has to embarrass itself.
The Democratic party leadership may well be out of touch with its rank and file, and like the 2016 elections, it may wake up in November 2018 and say, “There has to be a mistake about the election results!”