Dinesh D’Souza Decries 2016 Oscar Snub

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Dinesh D’Souza Decries 2016 Oscar Snub

Do the Oscars have a political agenda?  

A total of 126 documentaries were eligible for an Academy Award this year, and a selection committee recently narrowed those down to 15 hopefuls for five nominations. Dozens were snubbed, but the producers of 2016: Obama’s America say their film’s exclusion is evidence of something more sinister.

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The anti-Obama film directed by Dinesh D’Souza was roundly panned by critics, though it rode word of mouth to a $33 million gross. D’Souza said the film’s success would have resulted in a nomination if it weren’t for Hollywood’s bias. “Liberal political ideology, not excellence, is the true standard of what receives awards,” he said.

Gerald Molen, a 2016 producer who won an Oscar for Schindler’s List, echoed the director’s accusation, adding: “America went to see the documentary in spite of how Hollywood feels about it."

2016 is currently the second highest-grossing documentary in America, behind Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, which was not eligible for an Oscar.

Jeffrey Bloomer is a Slate assistant editor focused on video. Follow him on Twitter.

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