The 92nd Academy Awards (for 2019)

NonP

Hall of Fame
A sobering reminder of the importance of government support for the arts:


As cinephiles are well aware the French New Wave does not happen without generous subsidies from the Gaullist government. The liberal Kim administration's laissez-faire support for South Korean soft power followed by the reactionary Lee and Park administrations' blacklists is only the latest example of how misguided it is to insist mostly if not solely on Randian individualism and private enterprise for a healthy, thriving culture.

Of course SK right-wingers have somehow reversed course following Parasite's Oscar triumphs:


Wish I could be more optimistic that the next conservative government will not resort to the same skullduggery against left-leaning (real and perceived) artists and entertainers, but maybe the new international spotlight will make them think twice.
 

Tshooter

Legend
A sobering reminder of the importance of government support for the arts...
That could never happen here. :oops:

Thankfully it's not generally a left/right thing (I would guess more of a libertarian weirdo thing plus Trump) so it hasn't amounted to anything more than another MESSAGING operation. But the message is very clear.

"For the third time in as many years, the White House has proposed a federal budget that would shutter the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting - which supports PBS and NPR - and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Like last year, the plan would provide small appropriations for each agency to facilitate their orderly demise."

"President Donald Trump called for eliminating these agencies in his first two budget plans, but the Republican-led Congress funded them both times, with the NEA, NEH and IMLS each seeing small increases in 2019."

 

NonP

Hall of Fame
Let me follow up on my brief shout-out to Bruce Collet's Mémorable with another (belated) one to his collaborator Nicolas Martin, who provided the achingly Barberesque score:


Rarely has the slow identity-effacing tragedy of Alzheimer's disease been depicted with such empathy and immediacy, regardless of form or length, though it's hard to imagine this fantastical treatment in anything other than animation. Alas the film doesn't seem available yet for streaming, but the Oscar shorts are still playing in select theaters so check 'em out while you still can. I can report that this year's nominees unlike last year's are uniformly excellent.

what about:

Afraid Bruce Lee is rather before my time, though it's remarkable how ubiquitous he remains in popular culture to this day. (We already know about the OUATIH controversy, and on the other side of the Pacific he was a more substantial character in the latest and supposedly final Ip Man installment.)

Anyhoo Parasite seems to have gotten the usual Oscar boost, and then some:


this from the guy whose list of anticipated movies only includes juvenile Hollywood blockbusters
I'm sure our dgold was only referring to Lee's pre-Hollywood heyday while he was fanboying over his "perfect body."

That could never happen here. :oops:

Thankfully it's not generally a left/right thing (I would guess more of a libertarian weirdo thing plus Trump) so it hasn't amounted to anything more than another MESSAGING operation. But the message is very clear.

"For the third time in as many years, the White House has proposed a federal budget that would shutter the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting - which supports PBS and NPR - and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Like last year, the plan would provide small appropriations for each agency to facilitate their orderly demise."

"President Donald Trump called for eliminating these agencies in his first two budget plans, but the Republican-led Congress funded them both times, with the NEA, NEH and IMLS each seeing small increases in 2019."

It's even worse than that. Our toddler-in-chief is now trying to mandate federal architecture:


And before you laugh it off as another instance of Trump's buffoonery, this insistence on "classical" architecture in fact stems from a sordid history:

 
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