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Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight

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Source: https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/

The White House announced on Sunday that President Trump will award actor Jon Voight the National Medal of Arts later this week.

Voight, one of Trump's most vocal Hollywood supporters, will be honored at a White House ceremony on Thursday for his "exceptional capacity as an actor to portray deeply complex characters," the White House said in a statement.

"Captivating audiences, he has given us insights into the richness of the human mind and heart," the statement said.

Voight, who won the Academy Award for best actor in 1978 for his role in "Coming Home," has called Trump the "greatest president since Abraham Lincoln."

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Read more: https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/470864-trump-to-award-national-medal-of-arts-to-actor-jon-voight



Voight is getting this award for his role as a Trump toady.

And he isn't acting.



Editing to add that Trump did not follow the normal procedures for these awards:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/11/trumps-first-medal-arts-winners-include-jon-voight/601672/


Under Trump, the awards stopped: He passed up chances to hand out the medals in 2017 and 2018—the longest drought in the past 35 years. But now, I’m told, he’s poised to announce his first slate of winners later this month. It not only includes names that seem, in part, to be tailored to the president’s personal preferences—namely, the actor and MAGA enthusiast Jon Voight and all five U.S. military bands. But in choosing the winners, Trump appears to have ignored input from the committee that typically recommends artistic luminaries as candidates for the award.

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When members of the National Council on the Arts met late last month, however, they got a surprise: They learned that Trump had made his picks, and the winners would be formally announced in a matter of weeks. In choosing the recipients, though, Trump had bypassed recommendations the council had previously put forward, several council members told me. The members said that was a break from past practice and that presidents normally give the council’s recommendations more credence. When they looked at the names, some members objected to what they saw as partisan political considerations or a lack of diversity.

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Yet “there was alarm, and some surprise” at the meeting last month, one council member told me. “This was the first time that we had heard that there was going to be a medal award, and the decisions did not match our recommendations. That in itself was a new experience. We all immediately recognized that not only were recommendations not followed, but the kind of diversity we had striven for in the past in the various [artistic] disciplines had not been followed.”

The intent behind the president’s selections is unclear. But Voight, at least, is an effusive Trump loyalist who endorsed the president in 2016. In May, he tweeted a video message in which he said: “Let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth: that President Trump is the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln.” Trump noticed the adulation. “Thank you so much, @JonVoight!” he tweeted in July.

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Reply Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight (Original post)
highplainsdem Nov 17 OP
Roy Rolling Nov 17 #1
no_hypocrisy Nov 17 #21
Grokenstein Nov 17 #2
rownesheck Nov 17 #3
Nitram Nov 17 #4
emmaverybo Nov 17 #5
highplainsdem Nov 17 #8
emmaverybo Nov 17 #13
BigmanPigman Nov 17 #6
Chin music Nov 17 #14
DavidDvorkin Nov 17 #7
highplainsdem Nov 17 #9
intrepidity Nov 17 #10
DavidDvorkin Nov 17 #19
intrepidity Nov 17 #23
rpannier Nov 18 #25
czarjak Nov 17 #11
SCVDem Nov 18 #37
keithbvadu2 Nov 17 #12
usaf-vet Nov 17 #15
MurrayDelph Nov 17 #16
jb5150 Nov 17 #17
rpannier Nov 18 #26
OnlinePoker Nov 17 #18
generalbetrayus Nov 17 #20
Midnight Writer Nov 18 #28
truthisfreedom Nov 17 #22
PSPS Nov 17 #24
Scurrilous Nov 18 #27
Chin music Nov 18 #29
William Weehours Nov 18 #30
olddad65 Nov 18 #31
SunSeeker Nov 18 #32
YOHABLO Nov 18 #33
athenasatanjesus Nov 18 #34
Traildogbob Nov 18 #35
BlueIdaho Nov 18 #36
matt819 Nov 18 #38
Algernon Moncrieff Nov 18 #39

Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:05 PM

1. Midnight Cowboy

Ratso Rizzo stole the show, Voight owes his career to exceptional supporting actors around him in supporting roles.

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Response to Roy Rolling (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 11:21 PM

21. My first thought as well.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:13 PM

2. Turd Rewards Asskisser, Film at Eleven

I'm pretty confident Special Don-Don didn't write that statement.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:15 PM

3. Haven't seen many movies

with Jon voight, but I can tell you, he was in Anaconda and that movie was awful, as was he.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:17 PM

4. Jon bought is a great actor. He is also a fascist.

See "Midnight Cowboy", "Runaway Train", "Deliverance" and "Coming Home if you don't believe me.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:20 PM

5. Jon Voight is extremely talented and still a riveting performer. His is a tour de force performance

in Roy Donovan. Also Desert Bloom and Coming Home. Versatile. Maybe his toadyism helped him get this award. He is politically insane. Horrible father.

If all you have seen of Voight is Midnight Cowboy and Coming Home, his performances might not
seem major award worthy. His lifetime acting virtuosity, however, is deserving of recognition.

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Response to emmaverybo (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:40 PM

8. See the edited OP. Trump didn't follow the usual procedures for choosing the recipients.

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Response to highplainsdem (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:55 PM

13. I find it entirely believable that Trump is rewarding him for being one of the few Hollywood

notables to be a Trumptard. In fact, is there another? In being that crazy, he deserves perhaps to be seen as undeserving. I just can’t help expressing my admiration for his acting gifts, despite how he came by this award. He deserves for it to be questioned, but not on basis of talent. Not that you did.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:22 PM

6. Did George Costanza buy his LeBaron?

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:23 PM

7. He deserves this

It would be nice if he were a good guy in real life instead of a rightwing nutter, but his remarkable acting is undeniable.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:41 PM

9. See the edited OP. Voight wasn't chosen in the usual way recipients of this award are chosen.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:43 PM

10. He used to be a decent guy

He appeared to be a good father, when the kids were young. But somewhere, somehow, he went off the rails badly.

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Response to intrepidity (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 11:17 PM

19. I wonder what happened.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #19)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 11:36 PM

23. I suspect he dove deeply into a character study

and never rightly emerged. He was an intense actor, in terms of prep. I speak from personal knowledge BTW.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #19)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 02:11 AM

25. He could be one of those disillusioned types

I knew a few people from college in the early 80's who were pretty attached to the 'universal brotherhood of Communism'. Then they discovered what a twit Khrushchev and Brezhnev were and jumped the fence that connects the very, very, very far left, with the very, very far right.

It wasn't a huge jump for them since they just jumped from one extremist authoritarian ideology to another

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:44 PM

11. Deliverance?

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Response to czarjak (Reply #11)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 12:47 PM

37. Cue the banjo!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 10:48 PM

12. Next must be pedophile Ted Nugent.

Next must be pedophile Ted Nugent.

Qualified as a sycophant.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 11:08 PM

15. Nothing new to see here. Trump using the same old playbook, reward those who publicly kiss his a$$.

Voight's important role now is to suck up to Trump.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 11:12 PM

16. Next up

Chachi.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 11:15 PM

17. Voight hasn't done a good movie in decades ...

the last movie of his I saw, he got upstaged by a CGI snake.

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Response to jb5150 (Reply #17)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 02:21 AM

26. What about Baby Geniuses and An American Carol?

Okay... They were terrible... Not fun terrible... cringe, walk out of theater, turn off TV terrible

On a serious note, Ali was a good movie, and Transformers was good for what it was

He made a pretty good Howard Cosell and his performance in Transformers was good

He is a good actor. Crappy in politics

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 11:16 PM

18. One of the few roles I really like him in was in Conrack

This was the true story of author Pat Conroy (Prince of Tides, The Great Santini) and his role as a teacher in an all-black one room school in the south in the early 70's. Voight portrayed him very well and the story was quite inspirational.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 11:20 PM

20. How did Scott Baio and James Woods get left off the list?

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Response to generalbetrayus (Reply #20)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 02:29 AM

28. He's counting on them to be Homeland Security Adviser and Secretary of Defense.

And Ted Nugent will be Secretary of Pussy Grabbing. Yeee-oww!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 11:34 PM

22. Yawn. Totally predictable.

Every single thing 45 does benefits himself. Always. Without fail.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 11:52 PM

24. A good actor (Conrac, Deliverance, etc.) but, face it, this is just a way of rewarding his adoration

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 02:24 AM

27. They should get this guy to present it to him.



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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 03:02 AM

30. Poor Orly Taitz!

 

She must feel SO forgotten! Trump hasn't given her anything!

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 03:13 AM

31. There will come a time when anyone who received a medal from Trump

Will be too embarrassed to wear it.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 03:40 AM

32. Conservatives hate Hollywood, except when they find some stupid actor who spouts GOP propaganda.

Then he's a hero. Pathetic.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 05:14 AM

33. It befuddles me that such great actors such as Voight, can support such an idiot.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 10:11 AM

34. Is the reward for producing Angelina Jolie? because that is the best thing he has done.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 10:17 AM

35. Next up

James Woods and Tim Allen. Worst chance for award, Robert Dinero, Alex Baldwin. Of all these, including Voight, which are more deserving? Guessing he will insert Kid Rock into Rick and Roll Hall of Fame for lyricist and vocals.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 11:02 AM

36. Another award devalued by Fatso.

I wonder how much Voight had to pay for his little tin star.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 02:33 PM

38. Like everyone awarded anything during this regime

There should be an asterisk after their names.

And the first line of their obituaries should be that they were awarded this or that medal or this or that pardon by a man who is himself in the record books with an asterisk after his name.

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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 02:51 PM

39. I disagree with his politics, but he is a fine actor.

...and the military bands are quality entertainment and generally free. We used to go watch the Marine band at the band shell on the Tidal Basin in DC.

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