The Problem Oscars

From left: Peter Spears, Frances McDormand, Chloe Zhao, and Mollye Asher, winners of the award for best picture for Nomadland, pose in the press room at the Oscars in Los Angeles, Calif., April 25, 2021. (Chris Pizzello/Pool via Reuters)
The Sorrow and the Pity was more cheerful than this display of preachifying finger-pointers.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O ne of the Oscars last night went to a short film, Two Distant Strangers, about a black guy who keeps getting killed by police, over and over: It was a Black Lives Matter Groundhog Day. Groundhog Day certainly got a workout as a metaphor this past year, didn’t it? It’s almost as if the alarm went off every morning, Sonny and Cher sang, and people just . . . kept . . . talking about the same things. While we were all stuck in the same place. Stuck in time. Stuck in misery.

And what was the spirit of the 2021


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