Magazine article Variety

Might as Well Trump

Magazine article Variety

Might as Well Trump

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When Donald Trump won the presidency in November 2016, it wasn't just the end of the Obama Era; for the great majority of those in Hollywood, it was the beginning of the Trump Resistance.

Hollywood is an unabashedly liberal creative community and the rise of Trump has created a unified spirit that probably hasn't been seen since World War II, when the town's profound commitment to Hitler's defeat filled the country's screens with movies that helped sustain the nation's resolve to defeat the Axis Powers.

If you look closely at the films of 2017 that are currently riding high in awards season, they don't resemble the simplistic propaganda films that portrayed that conflict in stark black-andwhite images of American Good and Nazi evil. But make no mistake, it's not accidental that the season has already begun showering honors on films that see themselves and are seen by their fans in the community as standing in defiance of Trump alt-right political initiatives or his various cultural fatwas, or all of the above.

A quick look at the results of the AFI 10 Best Films, National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. voting reveals the breadth of the cinematic responses to Trump's plans to Make America Great Again.

NBR launched "The Post," Steven Spielberg's ode to Trump's favor media ogre, the Washington Post, into major awards contention by anointing it best film of the year as well as honoring stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep with actor and actress gongs. A slot in the AFI 10 Best continues the momentum.

The New York Film Critics Circle awards were a virtual repudiation of everything Trump stands for. Best first film winner, "Get Out," is Jordan Peele's lacerating examination of racism. Best director Sean Baker and supporting actor Willem Dafoe contributed to "The Florida Project," a film dedicated to humanizing the plight of a troubled single mother falling through the cracks of society.

"Lady Bird," Greta Gerwig's passionate ode to youthful female empowerment, garnered both best picture and actress for its star, Saoirse Ronan. Actor honors went to Timothee Chalamet for "Call Me by Your Name," a celebration of gay love. …

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