Analysis: What this year's Oscar nominees show us about America
April 25, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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After a hyper-politicized year, a crop of this year's nominees for best picture at the Academy Awards on Sunday resonate with conflicts and divides that define modern American life.
This was excerpted from the April 23 edition of CNN's Meanwhile in America, the daily email about US politics for global readers.
(CNN)After a hyper-politicized year, a crop of this year's nominees for best picture at the Academy Awards on Sunday resonate with conflicts and divides that define modern American life.
The movies take on race, violence, a corrupt and discriminatory justice system, democracy under attack, immigration, Great Recession economic dislocation, workers' struggles in low-wage jobs, and the nature of political resistance.
Take this line in "Mank," a biopic of the alcoholic screenwriter of "Citizen Kane": "If you keep telling people something untrue loud and long enough, they're apt to believe it. " It's impossible not to think of the alternative reality that Trump imposed on America for four years -- and in which his millions of supporters still live.
Economic deprivation and the loss of identity it brings animate "Nomadland," a film about an itinerant worker who journeys between temporary jobs across a haunting American West landscape while living out of her van.
In a reflection of America's broader polarization, conservatives argue Hollywood is hostage to politically correct liberal propaganda.
Each in a way is like a single act of a grand political tragedy unfolding in America from the 1930s to the recent past.