Dateline 2012: All across the world as well as in the United States a rising up of primates has taken place that threatens-or, more aptly for most of us, promises-to change the zeitgeist of the distinctly unfair and unleveraged political situation in which we operate. The only mainstream film with even a chance of being recognized with an Oscar for the means that this movement that stretches from the streets of Cairo to the sidewalks in front of the money machines on Wall Street reflects this worldwide upending of social convention is "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Instead, the Oscar goes to a silent black & white movie.
Dateline 2011: At the very beginning of 2011 that uprising of outrage against oppression is taking place. One of the primary means of transmission for the revolutionary cry is social media. At the forefront of social media is Facebook. As the 2011 Academy Awards draw near, one of the movies that is leading the pack of awards in the running up to the Oscars is David Fincher's "The Social Network." Few times in history have the Academy Awards balloting process meshed with what is taking place in the real world outside Hollywood so incestuously. Rather than recognize Fincher's take on how social media has toppled a king, the Oscars recognize as the Best Picture of the year a movie that has the unmitigated gall to ask viewers to view the future King of England as a victim worthy of pity!
Dateline January 2013: January 1 is more than just New Year's Day, especially the one that commenced 2013. New Year's Day is also recognized as Emancipation Proclamation Day. January 1, 2013 is more than just Emancipation Proclamation Day. It is the sesquicentennial of that proclamation of emancipation of the slaves in America by Pres. Abraham Lincoln.
That means that on January 1, 2013, 150 years will have passed since America's greatest President enacted America's greatest example of Executive Privilege. The sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation also happens to be occurring just around the time that many members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are voting for their choices for those who will Oscars.
In any other industry on earth, one would imagine that the once-in-a-lifetime event of the 150th anniversary of a historical decision that lies at the heart of what is likely to go down as the best movie of 2012 would mean that without a doubt that movie, "Lincoln," is going to win Best Picture.
If I were a betting man, I would head to Las Vegas and put down a load of cash…on "Les Miserables."