The Oscars are this Sunday … but if you were hoping to escape our country’s divisive political atmosphere, you’re living in “La La Land”.
On Friday’s show, Kyle Smith, “America’s Most Cantankerous Film Critic”, joined Tom to preview this weekend’s award ceremony.
But before the New York Post critic shared his Oscar picks, he made another prediction for the night: expect a lot of politics.
Smith says the Oscars have been growing more political for years, but based on this award season’s other televised events, it almost guaranteed the entire broadcast will be full of attacks on President Donald Trump.
And while lectures form the likes of the “insufferable Meryl Streep” (Kyle’s words, not ours) may make a lot of the news next day, Smith argues that political speeches are turning off Americans and hurting the show’s ratings.
The show’s ratings also aren’t helped by the film Academy’s interest in ‘artsy’ movies that most Americans never see. He says viewers would be more interested if they honored blockbusters like 1998’s best film “Titanic”.
Oh, and when it comes to who will actually win this Sunday, expect a big night for “La La Land”. It has 14 nominations, and Smith predicts it will pick up many of those because so many people in Hollywood love movies about Hollywood.
Smith was less thrilled by the musical starting Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, calling it a “second rate rehash” of classic musicals from the 50’s and 60’s.
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