by Michael Thurston.
For the third time in four years, 2015’s Best Picture Oscar winner is a film about filmmaking or acting – raising questions about how a self-centered Hollywood chooses its top honorees.
Already under fire for a lack of racial diversity in its Oscar nominations, Tinseltown awoke Monday to a debate about another arguably inward-looking trend in its awards choices. While industry insiders argue it reflects a trend toward more personal and authentic filmmaking, at least one commentator saw it as part of a wider cultural pattern based on social media and TV reality shows.
“Narcissism is being celebrated today in our pop culture and now it is emerging at the Oscars,” Tom O’Neil of the Gold Derby awards-season ranking website told AFP.
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