American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis is no stranger to speaking his mind. Now he’s being vocal about Black Panther – one of the latest Marvel movies and one that’s already being nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Ellis suggests the film isn’t being nominated for its quality, but rather the attempt at being diverse for Hollywood.
Ellis talked all about it in the 100th episode of his “B.E.E. Podcast”, informing his listeners with a rather interesting perspective.
“No superhero movie has ever gotten a Best Picture nomination. But believe me, Disney is doing everything in its power to make sure this happens. Even though there is no one out here in La La Land I’ve met who thinks ‘Black Panther’ is that good as a movie. Yet, as a piece of representation, they are supporting it.”
It’s worth pointing out he recorded the Podcast before the Oscar nominations were even revealed. And while he correctly guessed Black Panther would receive one for Best Picture, he questioned:
“Does it really deserve one?”
“The entertainment press and the studio is selling the notion that ‘Black Panther’ is a grand piece of cinematic art that cannot be ignored. And this notion is being shoved down our throats and we can only smile in disbelief. Or perhaps understand that this is just the moment we’re trapped in. A joke, a hoax. It’s all fake news, folks.”
He further explains that the Oscars are only picking movies based on what looks good for Hollywood’s diversity, not based on the actual merits of any movie.
“Representation is so important to them. And with a huge fatuous inclusivity and diversity push. What the most flattering pose might be in the moment — as if inclusivity and diversity have anything to do with awarding a movie’s merits. Yes, this is the culture the Oscars are pushing, and it is rather nauseating,” he said.
Honestly? After reading what he had to say, I wouldn’t be afraid to agree with Ellis. I’m not sure if the film was nominated for its diversity or the fact it’s backed by a major monopolies like Disney and Marvel. But it absolutely is right to question the legitimacy of the Oscars. After all, Suicide Squad won one – and that movie was so negatively received they’ve since changed a majority of the people involved with the DCEU.
In fact, they’re totally ignoring Suicide Squad with James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad – an attempt to relaunch the brand. So why would they give an Oscar to the first movie if it’s considered that bad even by the people who made it?
It really gives you something to think about. I do recognize Black Panther was a lot more positively received than Suicide Squad. But I wouldn’t be surprised if some of its support was bought and paid for by Disney. Of course, as long as the Oscars continue to appeal to the masses, why should anyone care or question if they’re potentially being rigged behind the scenes?