“The Oscars have to change their name to Debbies – like Debbie Downer. Judging by this year’s nominees for the best picture, there couldn’t be a worse time in the cinema if there was an active shooter in the theater, ”scolded Bill Maher on Friday. HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher hit the hotspots of the week, from the trial of George Floyd’s murder to immigration to the suppression of voters and the contested Florida MP, Matt Gaetz Gavin Newson and what he called the literally sad state of Hollywood movies called.
To Newsom: “We have to stop. We shouldn’t remember this governor. It’s one of those stupid things California does. It will be a circus. Every unemployed actor in the state is on the run. Caitlyn Jenner is running! “
“We have too much democracy in this state,” said the host, including the stream of “proposals” – “Dialysis machines? Why do I vote on them every two years?”
But the longest single piece was in New Rules, where Maher sliced up the nominees for best picture one by one and asked for a happier conversation. Americans don’t have to go to church. If you want to feel guilty, dirty, and bad, you can see Nomadland. There the woman lives in her van after her husband dies of cancer. “
In Judas and the Black Messiah, the leader of the Black Panthers is betrayed by an informant and killed by the police. In Promising Young Woman, Carey Mulligan’s character takes revenge on a rapist, but then he kills her. The Sound Of Metal features a deaf musician, The Father, an eighty-year-old who suffers from dementia. Minari ”is the story of impoverished Korean immigrants in Arkansas who put all their food in a barn, but then Grandma has a stroke and burns it down. Now enjoy the show. “
“The 2021 Oscars brought to you by razor blades, Kleenex and rope. And please say hello to our host, the Sad Emoji. “
“We’ve all had a tough year, a little escape would have been welcome,” he said. “What happens to show business? Did they all decide to quit cocaine at the same time? Have you forgotten that Hollywood is still number one if you are an egomaniac who wants to fill that hole from your childhood with applause?
“Academy nominations always said, ‘What great films we make. Now they say, “Look what good people we are,” he added.
No wonder Godzilla Vs. Kong killed it at the box office, he said. “Not Godzilla Vs. Kong and his crippling battle with depression. “
“Not that I am neither Godzilla Vs. Kong. Hollywood knew how to make a movie about something, an adult movie that is also entertaining and not just depressing. There was already a category for this: best documentary, important films about the war in Syria or the plight of the hot dog stallholders. “