Hollywood’s senior prom is right around the corner.
Controversy has already erupted over the 2023 Academy Awards show.
And actress Christina Ricci was furious when the “woke” mob freaked out over an Oscar snub.
Over the past seven years, Hollywood has somehow become even more political.
The election of Donald Trump broke the brains of many in the entertainment industry.
As a result, Hollywood has been a soft target for hard-left activists.
The #OscarsSoWhite and “Inclusion Rider” controversies ultimately led to diversity quotas for films to be considered for Best Picture.
And the Academy launched an investigation into the Best Actress nomination process after black actresses Viola Davis and Danielle Deadwyler were “snubbed” for their performances in The Woman King and Till, respectively.
Instead of Davis or Deadwyler, British actress Andrea Riseborough was nominated for her performance in the small film To Leslie, which only made $27,000 at the box office.
Despite having no marketing, Riseborough was pushed by her friends in the industry.
There was even brief chatter that Riseborough could be stripped of her nomination.
In response, actress Christina Ricci wrote on Instagram, “Seems hilarious that the ‘surprise nomination’ (meaning tons of money wasn’t spent to position this actress) of a legitimately brilliant performance is being met with an investigation…So it’s only the films and actors that can afford the campaigns that deserve recognition? Feels elitist and exclusive and frankly very backward to me.”
Ricci added that “now her nomination will be tainted by this…If it’s taken away shame on them.”
Ricci later deleted the post, perhaps after learning that the “woke” mob was the group spurring the investigation.
From The UK Independent:
“At first, the US film trade press wrote admiringly about the highly effective ‘grassroots’ awards campaign mounted by the British star and her team. Then, a backlash began. Commentators noticed the Black women who weren’t on the Oscar nominations list, among them Viola Davis, star of The Woman King, and Danielle Deadwyler, widely praised for her portrayal of Mamie Till-Mobley, the grieving mother and civil rights activist in Till. Both had been seen as near shoo-ins for nominations. There was also criticism of the influential admirers of To Leslie, among them A-list stars like Blanchett, Kate Winslet, and Gwyneth Paltrow, who had hosted screenings, posted their support on their social media channels and talked in public about Riseborough’s brilliance.”
Hollywood liberals crashed directly into their “woke” bean-counting.
The Independent added:
“AMPAS [Association of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences] was accused of misogyny and racism. The organisation was so shaken that it launched an investigation into the campaign. This was manifestly absurd. There was a sense the Academy was desperate to deflect the criticism and therefore was scapegoating To Leslie.”
Tom Fitzgerald And Lorenzo Marquez Render of the Tom & Lorenzo Podcast explained, “The perception was that this white actress, with all of her white actress friends, pushed out two highly celebrated, highly buzzed and expected Black actress nominees.”
Riseborough also appeared on the popular WTF podcast with Marc Maron, who co-starred in the film.
Other celebrity friends who screened the film were Charlize Theron, Courteney Cox, Edward Norton, Jennifer Aniston, and Minnie Driver.
The “woke” left continues to eat itself with nonsensical ideas.