Dinesh D’Souza feels his anti-Obama film is Oscar-worthy, but that Hollywood liberals are denying him a nomination.
“I want to thank the Academy for not nominating our film,” D’Souza joked. “By ignoring 2016, the top-performing box-office hit of 2012, and pretending that films like Searching for Sugar Man and This Is Not a Film are more deserving of an Oscar, our friends in Hollywood have removed any doubt average Americans may have had that liberal political ideology, not excellence, is the true standard of what receives awards.”
By going after movies he most likely hasn’t seen, and claiming that political bias left him Oscar-less, D’Souza falls prey to the laziest of excuses.
As I’ve written here before, Sugar Man is an excellent film. It is a thoughtful, articulate movie that tells a clear story of redemption — one that transcends political, cultural, and musical boundaries to uplift its audience. It has received near-universal praise from critics of all stripes.
2016, on the other hand, is a well-polished polemic asking the sort of “questions” that you’d find in a forwarded chain-mail from your conservative uncle. Yes, conservative sites like Breitbart lapped it up, but there were plenty of non-liberal critics who found the movie to be overly-reductive and unintentionally hilarious.