DATE: 12/03/2004 10:07:00 AM
Less Moore - Jim Geraghty of the Kerry Spot says it's time for a high-profile Democrat to rid the party of the virus known as Moore's Disease. They should do it soon. I have a feeling that embittered Hollywood liberals are planning to nominate "Fahrenheit 9/11" for an Academy Award, giving Michael Moore a new platform from which to spout his noxious and dishonest liberalism.
Hollywood simply doesn't care that Moore's movies are based in lies. They awarded him an Oscar when he made "Bowling for Columbine" despite the overwhelming evidence that he simply made stuff up to fit the agenda of the film. Voting for the Academy Awards will happen in January, just as President Bush is being inaugurated. If Moore's film is up for the big award, liberals angry over the election might vote for the movie just because they feel so frustrated at being unable to do anything about the fact that America re-elected the president.
That would be a bad idea, especially if another movie is ignored. Evangelicals and religious audiences responded strongly to "The Passion of the Christ." The film made over $370 million in domestic sales, despite (or perhaps because of) the publicity surrounding the film's allegedly anti-semitic themes. I was reading a copy of "Premiere" magazine at the barbershop the other day and found an article about the Oscar hopes for various films. A Hollywood executive said the film "didn't have a prayer of being nominated."
I don't know if Gibson's film is the best of the year. It's a powerful, well-made film. It certainly deserves a nomination. If it doesn't get nominated, and "Fahrenheit 9/11" does, there will likely be a measure of anger at Hollywood. As I've said before, if Hollywood wants to keep people who love movies like me in the theater seats, it has to start making good movies again. The political views of actors only irritate me when those people aren't talented enough to warrant the attention they get. (Al Franken and Janeane Garafalo come to mind).
When the actor is talented and I like the movie, I'm willing to forgive (or at least forget for a couple of hours) their politics. Of course, it would be better still if actors just realized we don't care what they think.