The Academy Awards Jury Making Their Challenging Decisions …


When asked how they made their tough decision for the best documentary, an academy awards juror stated, “We felt it was a powerful story for our times about a white american tech bro.”

The XLterrestrial Onion

* For more statistics on the diversity of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which governs the Academy Awards, see below.



But seriously, congratulations to Laura Poitras and crew ! It’s truly an important and courageous film ! And if you haven’t yet watched it, here’s a link to watch in full ( no downloading required ). It is a MUST SEE film !

And here’s a clip of Poitras’ acceptance speech below from the Courage Foundation site based in Berlin. Though, while we can always sympathize with people who are nervous public speakers, and she certainly has added reason to feel xtra pressures having done such a huge task to craft + deliver the message of a unique whistleblower, it’s a little disappointing that there was NO POTENT RANT … i.e. against an administration which has more aggressively persecuted journalists and whistleblowers than any other in history, i.e. against the academy institution for even considering such a repulsive piece of propaganda like American Sniper, or for their omission of honoring a black woman director of Selma, etc, etc., etc.  … the list of outrages could go on !…/citizenfour-wins-oscar-for-best…/

And since we’ve bothered to even acknowledge this rather shameful Hollywood industry institution, we like to point your attention to Color Of Change’s call to #DiversifyTheAcademy #DiversityMatters … because who has access to these powerful media channels is no small matter :



the 7th XLT Leni Riefenstahl Awards

And of course, our annual (XLt) Leni Riefenstahl Award goes to none other than CLINT EASTWOOD ! Or shall we call it: Best Boner for Imperialism. A new category and new low for the Academy !

* More on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

While we did assume that the Hollywood Industry’s own awards organization is a mostly white male operation, we were a little surprised to find out that the current president is Cheryl Boone Isaacs an African American woman. But given that the institution is over 80 years old, and it’s the 1st African, and only third woman to lead the Academy is nothing to get warm and fuzzy about.  And in fact from a quick overview of the diversity of the current Board of Governors posted at the wikipedia page, the situation looks appalling, and for the most part, a lot like our comical picture above.

Though interesting to note, if you’re looking for a specific person to blame for the omission of Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma, it’s Kathryn Bigelow. The patriot-power-monger who chairs the board for the directors choice., who was a recipient of our Riefenstahl award  for her ‘pro-torture propaganda’, which was nominated for best film by the Academy in 2012 … ;) …

Added : Poitras, Snowden and Greenwald made themselves available 2day to answer question at an AMA Reddit

We caught this a little late, but our XLt question might have been:

Congratulations! And thank you for your work ! … Why no rant !? And how does it feel to receive an award from an institution which also acknowledges and champions directors like Bigelow and Eastwood who have clearly participated in warmongering propaganda. An institution which has only given the directors award once to a woman, unfortunately the same hollywood player who accepted support from the military industrial complex to make her pro-torture, pro-CIA “art”. … And ironically, we should mention : the category which you won, was chaired by Alex Gibney, who made a fairly misleading and considerably unsupportive documentary on Wikileaks and whistleblowers.

Added: RT > Ok, Things u WISH poitras,greenwald,snowden had said about Academy Awards + Hollywood W/O reservation @reddit_AMA

Guess we’ll have to do it for them ! feel free to send us your wishful thoughts ! …And to get the ball rolling:

” All I can say is, if Travolta tries to touch me, i’m outta this creepy joint !” Poitras

” Btw, Ed have you got any dirt on the sleazebags who run the academy ?! ” Greenwald …

to be cont.

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