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BIAS?  WHAT BIAS? – Hollywood is left-wing.  Period.   Yes, there are some conservatives, but they must tread cautiously, and only those with proved money-making potential can survive.  Consider this story, to prove the point.  From the Hollywood Reporter:

Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of Schindler’s List, is claiming political bias because a documentary movie he produced this year isn't up for an Oscar, even though that film, 2016: Obama’s America, made more money at the box office than the combined earning of the 15 films the Academy deemed eligible.

2016 is a negative take on President Barack Obama. It was co-written and directed by author Dinesh D’Souza, and earned $33.4 million at the domestic box office. But its omission on the list of the 15 documentaries the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday would advance in the voting process makes it ineligible for an Oscar.

"Dinesh warned me this might happen," Molen laughed on Tuesday. "The action confirms my opinion that the bias against anything from a conservative point of view is dead on arrival in Hollywood circles. The film’s outstanding success means that America went to see the documentary in spite of how Hollywood feels about it."

D'Souza echoed his producer's words.

"I want to thank the Academy for not nominating our film,” D’Souza joked. "By ignoring 2016, the top performing box-office hit of 2012, and pretending that films like Searching for Sugar Man and This Is Not a Film are more deserving of an Oscar, our friends in Hollywood have removed any doubt average Americans may have had that liberal political ideology, not excellence, is the true standard of what receives awards."

COMMENT:  Very true.  I recall about eight years ago proposing a film to a Hollywood agent about the family of a West Point cadet who had lost their father, a fireman, on 9-11.  The agent's first response?  "Those are the people who elected BUSH!"  And that was that.

You toe the party line, or else. 

It is a farce that "2016: Obama's America," wasn't nominated.  But Hollywood, to the extent it still exists, is about farce. 

December 5, 2012