I promise that this will be my last Oscar-related post for at least another year, but this one is still sticking in my craw. I couldn’t help but hear that after Inside Job, a film about the ’08 financial meltdown, won the Oscar for “Best Documentary Feature,” its producer/director/gadfly or whatever, Charles Ferguson, said this on stage: “Three years after our horrific financial crisis caused by massive fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail, and that’s wrong.”
I’m sure the Madoff family would disagree, but more important, I could almost hear what thousands of American victims must have been thinking: “Almost a decade after the murder of almost 3,000 Americans, no one has been brought to trial, not even Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who took credit for the attack. And more than a decade after the USS Cole bombing, no prosecutions have been brought against the mastermind, Saudi-born Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. And that’s wrong.”
Too bad they didn’t get to say it to 32 million viewers.