Monday, March 13, 2006

Is Hollywood too liberal?

The problem with Hollywood, according to the writer Annie Proulx, isn't that it is too liberal but that it--or at least its denizens who vote for Academy Awards--is too conservative:
The people connected with Brokeback Mountain, including me, hoped that, having been nominated for eight Academy awards, it would get Best Picture as it had at the funny, lively Independent Spirit awards the day before. (If you are looking for smart judging based on merit, skip the Academy Awards next year and pay attention to the Independent Spirit choices.) We should have known conservative heffalump academy voters would have rather different ideas of what was stirring contemporary culture.
And that's hardly the most bitter and biting passage from her essay in Saturday's Guardian.

Read the whole thing here.

--Marshal Zeringue

Note: My (on-line) dictionary offers no help on what "heffalump" means; Google indicates it's something to do with with Winnie the Pooh. I'm still not sure how to use it in a sentence of my own, however, despite Proulx's repeated deployment.