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Oscar snub of Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director is an outrage! Zero Dark Gravity

The only Oscar snub that qualifies as an outrage is the omission of Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director. Not because it’s a bigger slight than snubbing Ben Affleck or Samuel L. Jackson or the like, but because her omission is clearly the result of the kind of smear campaign against the film that has made politics next-to-impossible for the last decade or so.

It’s the same kind of baseless campaign that prevented Susan Rice from being nominated for Secretary of State, it’s the same mud-slinging that caused Obama to (wrongly) dismiss Van Jones early in his term, thus providing the GOP their first scalp. And to add insult to injury, Bigelow has been deemed wholly responsible by those who wrongly believe that Zero Dark Thirty endorses torture, leaving screenwriter Mark Boal (who got a nomination) off the hook.

If this kind of stuff happens every time someone tries to make a challenging film for adults, then we can kiss such things goodbye from those who seek award recognition. If this is a sign of things to come, where Hollywood becomes as frenzied and maddening as politics, then that is a troubling thing indeed.

Read more about Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director at Mendelson’s Memo

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