Nobody “promised” you an Oscar

posted at 4:01 pm on January 12, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

The Oscar nominations came out recently, leaving a number of people feeling a bit snubbed. I can see how Skyfall didn’t get a best picture nod, because the Academy generally doesn’t like giving awards to films that people are actually willing to pay to see. But the real shocker was the absence of the Matt Damon vehicle, Promised Land. It had everything that the glitterati of Hollywood love. It managed to tug at liberal heartstrings by providing yet another almost entirely baseless, fact free attack on the natural gas industry, showing how fracking would destroy the land and ruin the lives of the good, simple people living on it. (Disclosure: no, I couldn’t bring myself to sit through it. I had to be satisfied by reading numerous reviews.)

The story goes back to the well – pun intended – with numerous, long discredited claims about the process, particularly how it will poison all of the ground water. This is an odd myth for opponents to cling to, particularly since one of the greatest eco-warriors of this generation, Barack Obama’s own EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, has publicly stated on at least two separate occasions now that her agency has yet to investigate one single instance where hydraulic fracturing was proven to cause chemicals to enter ground water. But it makes for a great story, doesn’t it? And one can understand how opponents of natural gas production would want to see a movie based on this premise enshrined with a nice trophy.

Meanwhile, back in the only slightly less fictional land of Washington, D.C. certain Democratic Senators are trying to squelch a DOE study which supported the idea of expanding US exports of natural gas. Any move like that which might move us closer to being a major exporter of energy would be a terrible embarrassment to the green lobby, and who knows what catastrophic effect all of those extra American jobs would have on the economy?

To be fair here, there are valid concerns about an expanding market for natural gas moving prices for it upward in response to market demand. But the government’s own study indicates that these would be short term in nature and production would continue to expand to fill the void. (Well, assuming state governments like those in New York don’t continue to shut it down for political reasons.)

But it’s not just Democrats who have apparently been watching Damon’s movie a few too many times. Republicans have gotten swept up in the fever as well. In New Jersey, State Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R – 13) has introduced a bill to put yet another freeze on fracking just as the Garden State is crawling back out from under the damage done by Sandy toward a recovery path. Virginia chimes in with the Rockingham County’s Board of Supervisors (composed of four Republicans and one Democrat) who managed to shut down an application for natural gas exploration on their turf. In Pennsylvania, one of the most productive natural gas states in the nation, State Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-10) helped to push through a five year moratorium on the area he represents.

The madness hurts our brains, Precious. It does.

But enough of that, and back to Hollywood. Even for all the flaws, I suppose I’m glad that Promised Land got all the attention it did, though not an Oscar. Having it out there keeps the conversation and the education efforts alive. And somehow I think Matt Damon’s ego will survive this crushing blow.


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Most of the time awards only go to books no one reads, shows no one watches, and movies no one pays to see.

wildcat72 on January 12, 2013 at 4:02 PM

hahahahahahahahahahahah!

Even the Razzies rejected it, because of the last Twilight movie

22044 on January 12, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Nobody “promised” you an Oscar

Perhaps the Marxist Liberal Left is finally starting to drown in their own vile vomit. (Hey, a body can hope can’t they)…

Laws are only for the little people.

SWalker on January 12, 2013 at 4:16 PM

No one promised me a Rose Garden either.

Flange on January 12, 2013 at 4:21 PM

According to this Promised Land had only made $5.6 million in it’s first 2 weeks. Sounds like it’s bombing pretty bad. Probably cost a lot to make with egos like Damon and the guy from The Office in it.

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/daily/chart/?sortdate=2013-01-10&p=.htm

gsherin on January 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Promised Land

…WHAT?…Bullsh!t doesn’t win?
WTF happened this past November?

KOOLAID2 on January 12, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Bigelow was snubbed because she didn’t show President Bomber Jacket abseiling down from a Black Hawk and leading the charge.

mudskipper on January 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM

If someone found a way to get efficient and clean energy from sand, the Eco-Marxists would find a way to oppose it. It’s not about the environment and never has been.

RadClown on January 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM

All sorts of sectors of our economy are being helped by fracking. For example, there is now a vast amount of rail, pipeline and terminal infrastructure being built up around shale formation energy production. Huge investments are going into this. What are libs going to do? Force companies to mothball all of that over their kooky, irrational environmental dark fantasies? They are so crazy at this point that I wouldn’t put it past them.

WhatSlushfund on January 12, 2013 at 4:32 PM

‘I beg your pardon…I never promised you a rose garden..’

BigWyo on January 12, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Skyfall, which would have been the first Bond film to score a best pic Oscar nom after grossing a billion bucks and scoring a PGA nom

Why?

The best Bond movies had read enemies, good plots, no PC.

50 years and who is the real enemy today?

Schadenfreude on January 12, 2013 at 4:35 PM

read = real (enemies)

Schadenfreude on January 12, 2013 at 4:36 PM

According to this Promised Land had only made $5.6 million in it’s first 2 weeks. Sounds like it’s bombing pretty bad. Probably cost a lot to make with egos like Damon and the guy from The Office in it.

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/daily/chart/?sortdate=2013-01-10&p=.htm

gsherin on January 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Matt Damon needs to stop with the political crap. When he just makes regular movies, they do pretty well. Green Zone was a huge disaster. Syriana(despite Clooney’s Oscar win) didn’t do well. And now Promised Land is a tank job. Unless it’s snuck into an action flick like The Bourne Ultimatum, his politics keep people home.

As for the Oscars, it’s another snoozefest. Seriously, they expand the Best Picture roster from 5 to 10 specifically because moviegoers got p-ssed that The Dark Knight(and other big budget blockbusters) was snubbed in 2008, yet they can’t find a way to nominate Skyfall, The Avengers, or The Dark Knight Rises?! All were billion-dollar hits and praised by critics and the public alike. Stop awarding only dramas or comedies that tackle serious subjects(like Silver Linings Playbook and mental illness).

Doughboy on January 12, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Matt Damon!

 

Benghazi?

Fast & Furious?

Beuller?

Beuller?

Beuller?

SD Tom on January 12, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Don’t know what happened there, but I’ll try again.

According to this Promised Land had only made $5.6 million in it’s first 2 weeks. Sounds like it’s bombing pretty bad. Probably cost a lot to make with egos like Damon and the guy from The Office in it.

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/daily/chart/?sortdate=2013-01-10&p=.htm

gsherin on January 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Matt Damon needs to stop with the political crap. When he just makes regular movies, they do pretty well. Green Zone was a huge disaster. Syriana(despite Clooney’s Oscar win) didn’t do well. And now Promised Land is a tank job. Unless it’s snuck into an action flick like The Bourne Ultimatum, his politics keep people home.
As for the Oscars, it’s another snoozefest. Seriously, they expand the Best Picture roster from 5 to 10 specifically because moviegoers got p-ssed that The Dark Knight(and other big budget blockbusters) was snubbed in 2008, yet they can’t find a way to nominate Skyfall, The Avengers, or The Dark Knight Rises?! All were billion-dollar hits and praised by critics and the public alike. Stop awarding only dramas or comedies that tackle serious subjects(like Silver Linings Playbook and mental illness).

Doughboy on January 12, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Doughboy on January 12, 2013 at 4:41 PM

But the real shocker was the absence of the Matt Damon vehicle, Promised Land. It had everything that the glitterati of Hollywood love. It managed to tug at liberal heartstrings by providing yet another almost entirely baseless, fact free attack on the natural gas industry, showing how fracking would destroy the land and ruin the lives of the good, simple people living on it.

I lived in Los Angeles for a number of years. There is no real logic behind what gets nominated and what does not. And a whole lot of campaigning by the studios. Mediocre performances with a good campaign strategy often trump who really should have been nominated and won. Much the way the rat-eared bastard got a second term as President.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2013 at 4:51 PM

All were billion-dollar hits and praised by critics and the public alike. Stop awarding only dramas or comedies that tackle serious subjects(like Silver Linings Playbook and mental illness).

Doughboy on January 12, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Or add zombies and/or the Amish. They seem to be the new werewolves and vampires.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2013 at 4:54 PM

If it makes him feel better, Afflek got snubbed too. Maybe it’s a Boston thing. Mark Wahlberg’s never been truly appreciated either. Anti-paddymetism I say!!!

abobo on January 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Maybe some Oscar voters remember Oscar-nominated Erin Brockovich turned out to be a crockovich.

ktrich on January 12, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Bigelow was snubbed because she didn’t show President Bomber Jacket abseiling down from a Black Hawk and leading the charge.

mudskipper on January 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Nobody abseils from a chopper any longer.

We fast rope, these days.

:)

Solaratov on January 12, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Saw Zero Dark Thirty last evening. One of the worst movies I have ever seen. I kept hoping it would be over soon throughout the movie.

trs on January 12, 2013 at 5:10 PM

I’m still on my personal boycott of not paying to see movies made by leftists.
Hollywood gives to Obama, Obama gives back to Hollywood compliments of the taxpayers.

Belle on January 12, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Matt Damon is on my list of actors whose movie I refuse to spend good money on. Claiming the No. 1 spot since 1972 is Jane Fonda. She will never come off the list.

TxAnn56 on January 12, 2013 at 5:20 PM

I’m not surprised by the lack of Oscar nominations.

The film’s at 50% at Rotten Tomatoes, indicating a lack of support from critics.

It’s the norm for bad films with liberal messages to go unnominated.

Mister Mets on January 12, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Matt Damon is on my list of actors whose movie I refuse to spend good money on. Claiming the No. 1 spot since 1972 is Jane Fonda. She will never come off the list.

TxAnn56 on January 12, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Is she still acting?

What I don’t understand is why time-after-time conservative movies do well at the box office but never are even in contention for leftist awards like the Oscars. It’s supposed to be about the “best” and yet the Academy limits themselves to a few pathetic but politically correct options.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Most of the time awards only go to books no one reads, shows no one watches, and movies no one pays to see.

wildcat72 on January 12, 2013 at 4:02 PM

.
These entertainment industry awards seem to have a lot in common with the “Nobel Peace Prize”.

listens2glenn on January 12, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Screw Hollywood……..the last time I sat in a movie theatre was back in 1997 when the wife dragged, bribed spous-enized me into seeing Titanic.

dmann on January 12, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Matt Damon is a bottom feeder

Jackalope on January 12, 2013 at 6:04 PM

I can see it now in the headlines….when asked about being snubbed for an Oscar, Mr. Damon was quoted as saying “I did not make this movie to win an Oscar. I made this to get the information out about the real threat coming from big oil, and now the fracking process really indeed destroys bla bla bla bla”.

p51d007 on January 12, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Matt Damon is a bottom feeder

Jackalope on January 12, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Well he does have the lips of a carp.

Happy Nomad on January 12, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Saw Zero Dark Thirty last evening. One of the worst movies I have ever seen. I kept hoping it would be over soon throughout the movie.

trs on January 12, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Hmmm. I saw it today with a packed theater and I thought it was an excellent movie. And fortunately, basically Obama-free. And when he was onscreen in the background doing a 60-Minutes interview, he was whining about the interrogation that was putting the pieces together.

Marcus on January 12, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Maybe the Academy didn’t want to nominate a film that was funded by Arab oil sheikhs?

slickwillie2001 on January 12, 2013 at 7:19 PM

It would like to believe that Damons drivel has no chance because even liberals find the crudeness and childishness of this kind of leftwing propaganda embarrassing, but then I remember that “Avatar” actually won some Oscars…

Valkyriepundit on January 12, 2013 at 7:58 PM

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SD Tom on January 12, 2013 at 8:49 PM

“Fracking” sounds dangerous. I guess that’s enough reason to oppose it, if you’re a retard.

Cicero43 on January 12, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Smart actors either keep their mouths shut or have the sense to be conservatives with a brain.

Matt Damon did not learn that lesson.

What a dumbarse!!

Sherman1864 on January 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM

The Bourne Idiocy

Sherman1864 on January 12, 2013 at 11:01 PM

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SD Tom on January 12, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Uh…okay….

Sherman1864 on January 12, 2013 at 11:02 PM

the Academy generally doesn’t like giving awards to films that people are actually willing to pay to see.

Seems that they did once upon a time.

Oh well. Their award, they can give it to whomever they want.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 12, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Matt Damon? Couldn’t happen to a bigger d-bag.

Ward Cleaver on January 13, 2013 at 1:49 AM

Haven’t watched or cared about the oscars since SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE beat out SAVING PVT RYAN for best picture.

BUT SPR is on TV at least twice a year sometimes more.

And SIL?……Yeah, heh,heh.

sanjuro on January 13, 2013 at 8:32 AM

When we went to see Lincoln, the audience was ‘shocked’ to hear he was a Republican and Democrats opposed ending slavery. Sad, just sad.

Jeff2161 on January 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM

RadClown: Funny you should say that!
Glass is made from sand, the environuttz want it sorted(colours), transported and recast. That costs more than making it new, from sand. What is wrong with filling landfills with glass/sand.
Glass is inert, kinda like, ahem, sand.

Open The Door on January 13, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Most of the time awards only go to books no one reads, shows no one watches, and movies no one pays to see.

wildcat72 on January 12, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Perfectly rational when you remember the that fundamental assumption of Liberalism is a sneering disdain for the average person. In their mind, if the “Great Unwashed” loved it, it must be utterly devoid of artistic merit or intellectual value.
Of course you must also understand that “artistic merit” and “intellectual value” are the sole property of these self appointed elites. After all, if they didn’t safeguard us from our peasant ways, who would?

Lew on January 13, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Bah Hahahahah Matt Damon pandered to the left and got dismissed for gratuitous self loathing myopic reek.

denied

RAGIN CAJUN on January 13, 2013 at 8:51 PM

The basic qualifier is that it must open in at least NY or L.A. by Christmas or the end of the calendar year to be nominated. If it didn’t or wasn’t released in any of those markets before going “wide,” it would not be eligible.

It could still be a “cause” movie in next year’s list, but having opened to a yawn this early in 2013, it doesn’t seem likely to be remembered come next year’s nomination cycle.

Variety headline I’d like to see:

“Latest from Damon, star of ‘We Bought A Zoo,’ Buys the Farm at Box Office”

Captain Scarlet on January 13, 2013 at 9:17 PM