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Diverse Array of Artists, and Also Mel Gibson, Nab 2016 Oscar Nods.

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, if anyone still cares about the Oscars in the desiccated hellscape that our country has rapidly become. Damian Chazelle-helmed awards darling La La Land, a musical throwback to a simpler time when white women wanted to be movie stars, white men wanted to be jazz musicians (?) and all of Los Angeles wanted to gently dance along with them, is undisputedly the big winner of the day, receiving a mind-boggling (and Titanic-tying) 14 nominations.

I've bored countless people in the Los Angeles metro area already with my thoughts on La La Land, which are mainly that it is fine, but that the purpose of the great Technicolor movie musicals (produced mainly by the fabled Arthur Freed unit at MGM in the 40s and 50s) was to showcase virtuosity of singular performers. For example, Gene Kelly was the greatest dancer in the world. Judy Garland was the greatest singer. These films were built around those immutable facts. So to pay homage to them with actors who are only sort-of-OK at singing and dancing is to completely miss the point of why they existed in the first place.

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Author:Shukert, Rachel
Publication:Tablet Magazine
Date:Jan 24, 2017
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