Michael Moore’s ridiculous SiCKO was apparently not anti-American enough for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The political fashion plates at AMPAS let the porcine provocateur languish on the waiting list while awarding the best documentary Oscar to Taxi to the Dark Side:
[Moore's] health-care study “Sicko” lost the documentary prize to “Taxi to the Dark Side,” a war-on-terror chronicle that centers on an innocent Afghan cab driver killed while in detention.
I haven’t seen—-or even heard of—-this “documentary.” But, considering the Academy’s well-documented taste for BS, I’m willing to bet it’s an exercise in mendacity. One doesn’t have to speculate, however, on the chutzpah of Oscar night producers. Kyle Smith explains:
Given that the most recent statistics show that approximately 97.4 percent of all documentaries present America as a scary place and of those 97.4, most are meant to present the troops in Iraq as overmatched at best and as abusive, sadistic criminals at worst, it’s pretty cheeky of the Oscars to have troops serving overseas present the Oscar for best documentary short subject.
Nonetheless, the defeat of Moore’s schlockumentary offers no small amount of schadenfreude. SiCKO is, like its director, an egregious fraud. It makes claims about Cuba, for example, that have been repeatedly debunked. And that’s just the tip of the mendacious iceberg.
In the end, however, it was apparently too dishonest and smarmy even for the fantasy mongers of Hollyweird.
Here’s a clip showing acceptance comments of the guy who made the winning “documentary.” If this smug, sanctimonious and dishonest little speech is any guide, his film is a disgrace:
[HT Hot Air]