Every now and then I decide to watch a TV program that has nothing to do with politics; nothing to do with public policy; nothing to do with government. I have enough of those things in my day job.
Perhaps that’s why I was so perturbed by the ending of Sunday’s Academy Awards show; no one could find out the selection for Best Picture until we heard from the First Lady, live from the White House. Agree or disagree with her politics and her message that evening, we had no choice but to listen to her. I’m far from a movie critic, but I am critical of the decision to impose this political overlay on what I signed up to watch—a Hollywood extravaganza extolling the virtues of the movie industry and the best it had to offer this year.
Now that the big awards show is over, and the dustup over Mrs. Obama’s appearance hopefully fades, readers of this blog may want to learn about another group of movie awards that may have more substance.
On Monday, February 18th, the Moving Picture Institute (MPI) announced its 2013 Liberty in Film Awards. MPI’s mission is to promote freedom through film. Movies won awards for everything from “Best explanation of what makes charity possible” to “The DVD you need to rent TODAY.”
MPI also named films with blatantly anti-liberty messages, giving them awards for everything from “Best waste of a good idea” to “Best propaganda piece for toddlers.”
I’m not suggesting that you avoid Academy Award winning films (I’ve watched some myself), but I am suggesting that you take a look at the Liberty in Film Award winners listed below and watch some of them also. That is, if you want some freedom philosophy mixed with your movie watching, as I do.