And by The Hunger Games, I mean the 2017 entertainment awards season. It kicks off with the Golden Globes, whose nominations were announced today.
Things I love: Moana‘s dual nominations, the recognition of Deadpool, Ryan Murphy finally giving Sarah Paulson awards material, and Simon Helberg getting a much-deserved Supporting Actor nod for Florence Foster Jenkins.
What I don’t love: the fact that when the Oscars arrive, only one of the two front-runners for Best Picture can win. At least with the Globes, they can both take home a trophy because…well…they couldn’t be more different from one another.
This is the drama, a gritty coming-of-age story about a gay black man in Miami. The comedy/musical is La La Land, a passionate tale of a musician and an actress, set in Los Angeles.
Oh Lord. Nobody can argue that both of these movies are expertly crafted, masterful in their storytelling and workmanship. Nobody can argue that the people involved put their hearts and souls into the pieces…the two not-so-secret ingredients in all great art that is created.
But the higher-up voters of the motion picture industry will argue the following, and have to make a decision: which of the two films represents GREATER art? It’s a Hobson choice, because no matter whose side you’re on, you’re going to face backlash. If Moonlight takes all the accolades, the other half will claim that the subject matter was catered to. If La La Land wins big, the other half will point out the Academy’s history of white preferences. Still some on both alliances will simply argue that their pick is the more “significant” of the two. Whatever that means.
You want to know what I think?
I find it impossible to compare Land to Light because they both embody the two distinct things that art is meant to do. That is, to both take us out of reality AND teach us about it. In these uncertain times, we absolutely need both.
Good luck, and peace.