Director Ron Howard’s “Hillbilly Alleghi” team foolishly thought they would crash into the awards season this year.
Netflix ticket JD Vance’s best-selling memoir of 2016 features a Glenn Close by Amy Adams without recognition as a screw-byte performance and family matriarch.
Little did they know that one or two punches were waiting for them, but the guarantee of their film, no less than the noise when the nominations were announced.
Their tragic mistake? They told the same sympathetic story to the rural USA that helped elect Donald Trump four years ago. Worse? They did so at a time when both critics and academy voters had little patience for stories told outside the progressive bubble.
When Vance’s memoirs first hit bookstores, open-hearted progressives were eager to learn more about the part of the country that embraced Trump’s message. The book charts Vance’s journey from poverty-stricken Kentucky to the halls of the academy.
That was after. Now, anything remotely connected to President Trump is like garlic for a vampire.
The technical trouble began weeks before the November entry of “Hilbili Allegini”. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts has announced new rules for Best Picture Award for Best Picture, which has won an Oscar for Best Picture.
The academy became aware of the need for “diversity” in front of and behind the camera, as well as the content.
The movie is designed to better reflect the diversity of the audience going on, promoting standards on-screen and off-off equal representation.
It’s a complex rule book, but one way to follow it is to tell a story that addresses a waking theme. Think of a gay couple navigating modern America or a civil rights drama that explores mid-20th century racism.
Here is Team Scar’s official statement on the subject:
The main story (s), theme or narrative of the film is centered on a presented group (s).
Ethnic or racial group
GB LGBTQ +
People with cognitive or physical disabilities, or who are deaf or hard of hearing
Suffice it to say that, like Vance’s biography, a white man’s journey from Appalachia to Yale University could not be cut.
That is only one aspect of the “Hilbili Allegini” problem, if the new 22-scatter rules start unofficially in 2022, but will not be implemented until 2024. Still, likely voters will ignore the new rules to disguise the “algae”, though.
The second problem is more widespread and does not require a fancy rulebook.
Modern film writers reliably lean to the left, and they hold significant hurdles during the awards season. A film can live or die through its reviews, especially this time of year.
“Hilbili Alleghi” sits on Rotten Tomatoes.com with an anime 25 percent “rotten” rating, which is a smashing score for an Oscar-byte film. Last year, the “bombshell” site took part in the Oscar race, despite an “average” 68 percent “fresh” rating, which became serious overall. The film’s scathing attack on Fox News has been hailed as a mild review.
Signs of “Allegini’s” terrible RT score on the issue of critics with the film.
Critics and film reporters work together to save “Allegy” by connecting it beyond its cinematic qualities. For starters, they can’t separate a movie from a book, even though in many ways they are very different compositions.
Here is an example from Vulture.com:
This book is about the vulgarity of poverty wrapped in the right message about the cultural pathology of the region. In Vansna ala Palechia, poverty and immorality are intertwined. Success happens to hard-working people, and structural explanations for poverty come to the fore when they choose to mention it all.
That’s Vance’s opinion based on his life experiences, but for this journalist he is far from pale. And, by extension, there is also the movie.
The Boston Review slapped both the film and the book with a “white privilege” curse, although Vance’s original “privilege” sounded far-fetched.
The far-left New Yorker critic denounced the film as “liberal fantasy.”
The Hollywood Reporter calls out the quiet parts in his “algae” assessment. The site on the left says that “the project was greenlit when liberals were trying to understand the creative other side, but the complete abolition of the political object ultimately undermines the film’s chances of rewards.”
Need to say subtext. All that is needed is a progressive message, except for a movie to help win the score. When voters crave a “political object,” it means something they agree with.
Governor of New York. Is it any wonder that Andrew Cuomo received just one Emmy Award for his Covid-19 press conference?
It is also sad that Hollywood scare voters no longer crave great stories in the glorious tradition of Hollywood. The films in question must be pre-loaded with political themes from a subset of “available” topics.
Think of systemic racism, reasons for choice, and income inequality as just three possible examples.
The Hollywood Reporter story ends on a chilling note:
Hollywood Hollywood has not yet launched greenlighting movies that try to talk to Americans who voted for Trump a second time, but Hillbilly Alejandro could act as a cautionary tale. A film that more accurately portrayed Vance’s Rs-cervical cultural critics would not have been the first in Hollywood.
Hollywood openly does more than stop employing fixed stars (with a few exceptions, including John White and Nick Cersei). Now they are fed up with the idea of creating a central story, to take the right-wing reporter to his word.
Let it sink. Today’s Hollywood avoids stories that appeal to half the country. It’s a joke in the show business, isn’t it?
According to a recent press conference linked to the film, Howard, who is openly liberal, deliberately avoided political red meat during the shooting of “Hilbili Alleghi.” It is practical on many levels, including Story Telling 101. Audiences can combine any socio-economic lesson from the movie, a sure sign of a narrator who trusts the audience.
Howard has been telling stories since he was a boy on the “Andy Griffith Show” and his instincts remain pure.
Then again, Hill Scar was in a non-win situation with the winning director “Hillbilly Alleghi”. If it openly celebrates “small town” values, it could be worse than what is actually felt by the press.
He would have betrayed the book and his own instincts if he had gone in, and used “Hilbili Allegi” to make fun of rural America.
The latter could be his better chance of winning his second best director sc score. As such, it has very little reason to draft a screw acceptance speech.
He will not need it.
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