What’s Wrong with the World: Oscar Politicking & Jennifer Anniston

What’s Wrong with the World is the title of GK Chesterton’s fantastic diatribe of all things nineteenth century and broken. The irony of the book is that most of what was wrong with the world is still wrong with the world; and we’re adding to the list every day.

Like the Oscars as not a matter of “best ___” but a matter of best networker. I’ve seen this before in the music industry, and let’s be honest: its present in the church of Jesus Christ: the sins of materialism, fame, and idolatry have a chokehold on our spiritual throat, cutting oxygen off from our ecclesiastical brain.

Read how good a job Slate does revealing this point about “empty-bests” of the Oscars in this article. Here’s a quote:

“What’s really going on is that Aniston needs to be part of someone’s Oscar conversation.” Cake is not a reflection of a system in which films exist for awards more than awards exist for films—it’s a product of it. Cake, more brazenly than any other movie in recent memory, reveals that the Oscars are a sport, and—like all sports—they’re won by whoever wants it most (provided the player has deep pockets, as this league has no salary cap). And Cinelou and Jennifer Aniston really want it. “Let’s hope the fourth time’s the charm,” she said at the Toronto post-screening Q&A, referring to the number of times she’s attended awards-season launchpad TIFF. In a Variety listicle called “Six Reasons Jennifer Aniston Could Win the Oscar for Cake,” the actress’s campaigning efforts are at the top of the list. “She’s been coast-to-coast for screenings, interviews and events,” the piece notes, “and she is always smart, passionate and charming.” (Reason No. 7: Variety is publishing articles like “Six Reasons Jennifer Aniston Could Win the Oscar for Cake.”) To shore up her chances, Aniston has reportedly retained the services of Lisa Taback, the entertainment consultant who helped push The Artist to its Best Picture win over the more deserving likes of The Tree of Life, Moneyball, and The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence). And just in case you still couldn’t tell that she means business, Aniston even took the time to discuss her character with Dr. Oz, America’s leading expert on chronic pain.

What “conversation” do you want to be part of that isn’t yours? And what lengths are you willing to go to join it? What will it cost you and do you think that it will be worth it?

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