“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
If you want to win an Oscar for Best Picture now, make an old fashioned Hollywood movie. But make sure it is easy on the eye, entertaining and not too challenging. Don’t let there be any controversy attached to it. And never remind us of the complexities in human nature. Focus on the positive. People are good. People do good things. Isn’t the world a nice place to be? On the flipside there’s Zero Dark Thirty, which has to be judged on its own merits as a film. The facts about the torture — whether it happened, whether it didn’t — can be had at a different time. What we have before us is a work of art.
Zero Dark Thirty was so upsetting it seemed to go even beyond the torture debate. I began to wonder, would people have been so personally pissed off if the director of Zero Dark Thirty had been a man? Moreover, if the lead character had been played by George Clooney do you think it would have changed anything? Would the movie be less threatening? Would sticking to the status quo have enabled people to fall in line and accept it? Would the critics have rushed to give it their top prizes to begin with but then abandon it just as fast when the water got too high?