Mary Theroux explains why she thinks that the recent "Oscars" ceremony was one big Hollywood-Democratic party lovefest. But are we suprised? Both groups are seemingly convinced that they have a corner on "fairness". Both groups believe that by being redistributionists they are on the side of the angels. Both groups believe that crony capitalism is practiced by everyone but them. Both groups believe that everyone else is boorish and that they are not. With so much in common, how could there not be all the public display of affection?
Interesting that Amy Davidson of the New Yorker finds plenty of boorishness on her side. Read her "Seth MacFarlane and the Oscars’ Hostile, Ugly, Sexist Night."
Economist Dave Berri ("An Economist on the Oscars") notes that the best movie of the year was actually Marvel's The Avengers (H/T Freakonomics) -- when judged by 2012 revenues. Without defending the Academy's choices, can it be that consumer sovereignty falls flat when it comes to artistic virtue? Of course. Both are worthy.