Sunday, February 27, 2005

Thoughts on Oscar

I love Morgan Freeman. The world of cinema would be smaller, flatter, without him. I wanted to be jumping around my living room for him tonight-- It'll come as a surprize to few that I can't get excited for anyone in "Million Dollar Baby."

It isn't because I think they don't deserve recognition for their accomplishments; an offensive film can still be an artful one-- and based on Baby's press I suspect it's well done.

The words of accolade for the film should be balanced with words (FILMS!) that challenge the ideas it presents. If the filmmakers are serious when they say that "Baby" is one story about one group of people, and not a broader social statement, then I challenge them to _make_ a social statement by sponsoring the distribution of "Murderball" to be distributed along side it.

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