Academy Awards Speeches Touch on Unity and Politics to Mixed Reactions

Headline Roundup February 11th, 2020

The calls for unity and mutual understanding by Renee Zellweger and Joaquin Phoenix in their best actor acceptance speeches caught our attention here at AllSides as another indication of a growing national movement to bridge divides, but there was plenty to consider from political and cultural angles. Online criticism emerged on many fronts from reactions to Brad Pitt's criticisms of the Senate impeachment trial to the distaste over showcases of extreme wealth from celebrities who also spoke about equality.

As has become the norm with many award shows, the substance of acceptance speeches and other factors at this year's Academy Awards ceremony became interwoven with current political events, which in turn drove a wide range of coverage and opinions from throughout the media spectrum.

Academy Awards Speeches Touch on Unity and Politics to Mixed Reactions

From the Left
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The Oscars took place Sunday night under torrential rain so heavy that it threatened to rip through the white tent sheltering the celebrity fabulousness on the red carpet. You'd be excused if you assumed this downpour to be a symbol of the sweeping cultural changes to which the Motion Picture Academy, and Hollywood in general, have failed to fully adapt. In the lead up to the award show, we wondered: Would this be another year focused on pale-as-snow slates of winners, celebrating stories that elevate the privilege of white English-speaking...

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From the Right
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A parade of monied Hollywood A-Listers preached down to the rest of us about equality at this year’s Oscars ceremony all while collecting a $225,000 swag bag.

This year’s swag bag, put together by LA-based Distinctive Assets, came with free cosmetic surgery, a cruise on a luxury yacht, dating services, gold-plated vaping devices, and more, according to reports.

“It’s the highest value we’ve ever put together,” Distinctive Assets founder Lash Fary said.

“This year’s top swag includes a $78,000, 12-day yacht cruise; $20,000 of facial rejuvenation treatments; and $20,000 in...

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From the Left
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There comes a time in an actor’s life when they find themselves seated in the Dolby Theater for the 12th consecutive hour, and they are either working on their face of gracious defeat for when their name is not called out as a winner, or they are optimistically going over a victory speech in their head, ensuring they don’t forget this producer or that agent or that grip on stage. (Or they are running around the bar, asking why the Academy can’t “just do another ‘Shallow,’” which is probably the...

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