While I rarely watch Hollywood awards shows and do not really keep up with any inside Hollywood information, I happened to watch portions of the Oscars last night. Therefore, I cannot actually comment on the entirety of the event, but I can offer my assessment of what I did see. What I saw was what I will term as ‘bored Hollywood’. In my opinion, they, as a collective, have reached a point where they don’t really have to try anymore. Some could say they are phoning it in. In the follow up to the event, there were many accusations of silent racism, and from what I saw, they were justified. Attempts to combat an all-white show were lame and obviously pandering. Besides this, it seemed to me like the same movies won all the awards. Overall, the 88th Academy Awards, I believe, demonstrated an overarching attitude in collective Hollywood–apathy and procedural overconfidence.
Besides Pixar, what studios and distribution companies are creating and carrying movies that are not remakes of old films? The Hollywood collective are obviously always trying to relive the good old days–and making a killing off of it–the days when special effects were in their early stages and when white actors dominated the scene. In short, I believe that originality left southern California long ago.
So where does that leave the Christian film scene? What is the application for us? Simply this: it’s our time to rise up and prove that we can do it better. We can have more diverse casts than mainstream movies. We can create original plots rather than remakes and break into unique genres. We can be more professional and family friendly. We can speak about social issues in ways that people will listen. This is our call to rise up and take the opportunity we have to make a lasting difference in modern film-making.