There were a few surprises at the 85th Oscars (we aren’t supposed to call them the Academy Awards anymore, that’s apparently too ‘stuffy’) but one was Life of Pi which garnered four awards, including a Best Director Oscar for Ang Lee. Argo won Best Picture and two other awards. Its Best Picture win might have been helped by the snubbing of director Ben Affleck in the Best Director category.
Most people tend to think of the medium of film as nothing more than entertainment, and once upon a time I probably did too.
But it isn’t true, not in the slightest.
Film is an extremely powerful medium that affects the way our society sees the world. And as such, it has the power to inflict great hurt on people. A common saying is: “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” So when that line is crossed, it needs to be addressed.