Bret Easton Ellis, the famous novelist and screenwriter whose work has motivated such movies as “American Psycho” and “The Rules of Attraction,” utilized his digital recording to reprimand the honors season achievement of “Black Panther” (by means of The Wrap). The Marvel blockbuster earned seven Oscar designations a month ago and left a mark on the world by turning into the first superhuman motion picture to arrive a Best Picture selection. Easton recorded the digital broadcast episode preceding Oscar noms being declared, however he was resolute about a “Black Panther” Oscar offer being the aftereffect of the Academy needing to be increasingly comprehensive and not the film really being deserving the prize.
“No superhero movie has ever gotten a Best Picture nomination,” Ellis said. “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.”
Ellis clarified, “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.”
The novelist concluded that “representation is so important” to the Academy that it will grasp a motion picture like “Black Panther” in real classes like Best Picture since it gets the group’s “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,” Ellis said. “Yes, this is the culture the Oscars are pushing, and it is rather nauseating.”
Ellis is known for sharing polarizing Oscar hot takes that often result in reaction from the industry. The author needed to apologize in 2012 in the wake of asserting Kathryn Bigelow just won Oscars for “The Hurt Locker” since she was “a hot lady.” While Ellis is allowed to impart his insights, he neglects to recognize “Black Panther” got all inclusive praise and was by a wide margin a standout amongst the best explored motion pictures of 2018 (97% on Rotten Tomatoes).
Subsequent to getting seven Oscar designations, “Black Panther” proceeded to win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture. The Oscars air Sunday, February 24.