Oscar Buzz: How Hollywood has politics right and Washington has it all wrong
When it comes to politics, Washington can learn a lot from Hollywood.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards announced their nominees for Oscar Gold recently and it appears that the early winners are people who care about politics and political issues.
And even though some top political films didn't get nominated such as "The Bridge to Nowhere" - the true story of where Sarah Palin's career has gone since the 2008 Presidential Election...and "999: How Herman Cain's uncanny ability to remember the number 9 three consecutive times" almost turned an idea for a pizza promotion into a national movement.
"Lincoln", "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty", did make it to the final round of voting.
All three political films placed the heart of Washington decision making right on center stage, while political issue oriented films such as "Django Unchained", "The Beasts of the Southern Wild", and "Les Miserables", brought to the forefront the man-made disaster of slavery, the harm that comes when a natural disaster threatens a local community, and the painful road of prison life and prostitution.
If only Washington knew how to communicate like a 2 hour movie and people turned out as enthusiastically to participate in the Political Process, as they do when they gather around their TVs on "Oscar Night".
Maybe the Washington power brokers need to learn a few pointers from the Hollywood elite on how to run a popular election instead of treating them as if they are a natural rival and in competition for our attention.
It is true that both have famous, wealthy and powerful people. The studios lobby for their respective nominees to win in the same manner that Exxon Mobile and the NRA run campaigns for their potential winners...