Sunday, March 05, 2006

Was Clooney Right?

George Clooney (political contributions here) said tonight that Hollywood was often ahead of mainstream society on important issues. "We are a little bit out of touch in's probably a good thing," said Clooney, who identified AIDS and civil rights as two problems targeted by the movie industry early on.


At 5:06 PM, Blogger Sharon GR said...

"This Academy, this group of people gave Hattie McDaniel an Oscar in 1939 when blacks were still sitting in the backs of theaters. I'm proud to be a part of this Academy. Proud to be part of this community, and proud to be out of touch."

Maybe they shouldn't pat themselves on the back too much, they did completely blow off "Color Purple," but yeah, sometimes Hollywood does push the envelope on social issues.

Unfortunately, it doesn't always help that they've pushed. Brokeback Mountain got a nod for best picture, and a lot of press for being "about homosexuals." So was Philadelphia, for which Tom Hanks won the oscar twelve years ago, but people still are upset about Brokeback. Maybe it's time the public caught up with the Academy on this one.


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