“Moonlight” took home the best picture award at the Oscars this weekend thanks to a “political imperative” and a “moral” obligation, according to conservative media.
On Monday’s “Fox & Friends” Fox News correspondent Tucker Carlson discussed the Oscars and the incident in which “La La Land” was mistakenly given the best picture award before it was correctly given to “Moonlight.”
Host Brian Kilmeade asked Carlson, “Is this karma or what”
“You knew it had to happen, because ‘Moonlight’ had to win,” Carlson responded. “That’s the law. There was really no way around that. This was a forgone conclusion because it’s not just a good movie. It’s an important movie. It’s a movie that instructs you, that changes you morally, and that’s kind of the aim of Hollywood, is not just to entertain but to instruct.”
“But again, it was forgone. You knew that ‘Moonlight’ had to win because you knew what the film was about,” Carlson continued. “And that’s part of the problem with Hollywood. Tons of really talented people there, brilliant at making movies, but the second you feel a political imperative it destroys your art. The second you feel like you need to elevate the country you become overbearing and pompous and boorish.”
A “need to elevate the country” did not benefit minority actors, though, despite Carlson’s assessment. This year, the only non-Black acting nominee of color was British-Indian actor Dev Patel for his supporting performance in “Lion.” The last Latino best actor nominee was Demian Bichir in 2012. The last Latina to be nominated for the lead actress award was Colombian actress Catalina Sandino Moreno in 2005 for “Maria Full of Grace.”
This lack of diversity comes despite the fact that, according to theHollywood Diversity Reportreleased last week, people of color bought nearly half (45 percent) of all movie tickets sold in the United States in 2015. Latinos accounted for 23 percent of ticket purchases alone.
During Hollywood’s biggest night the film “Moonlight” triumphed, Trump’s policies were shunned and many celebrities wore blue ribbons to support the ACLU.
Washington Post reporter Abby Phillip took to Twitter to question Carlson’s knowledge on the film and whether he had ever actually seen it.
Tucker Carlson is upset that Moonlight won because political correctness. Unclear if he’s actually seen the movie pic.twitter.com/OQlsXMD8sU
Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) February 27, 2017
Kilmeade then asked if Carlson believes Hollywood was trying to make up for the #OscarsSoWhite protests that took place last year by rewarding “Moonlight,” which stars a Black character in the lead that struggles with his sexual identity.
“Last year there were a bunch of protests because the only people nominated were white,” Kilmeade said. “Do you think there was an overcompensation this year Is that what you’re alluding to”
“Look, I don’t know; I wasn’t there during the voting,” Carlson answered. “But I do know that as a general matter, Hollywood feels this obligation to bring the rest of the country up to their moral level, which is obviously very lofty. And again, whenever politics intrudes on art, it distorts and corrupts the art. It makes it less good.”
Host Steve Doocy said that “Moonlight”‘s win corresponds with Hollywood’s “point of view.”
“[The] four hour telecast [was] so anti-Donald Trump,” Doocy said. “Clearly they have got a point of view. It is way to the left. But still, you want people to like them and go watch their movies, don’t you”
Many celebrities wore blue ribbons to the event to stand in solidarity with the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) “Stand With ACLU” initiative. The ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of two men who were detained at an airport as a result of President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban.
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi earned the best foreign language film award for his movie “The Salesman,” but he boycotted the show because the travel ban affects Iran.
Mexican actor Gael Garca Bernal said before announcing the best animated film award winner, “As a Mexican, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I’m against any form of wall that separates us.”
In response to Doocy, Carlson said, “Well sure, and a lot of the stuff is garbage anyway. There’s just nothing good about any of the movies.”