The insane end of the Oscars sent a false message about racial progress - The Washington Post: "I hate that the contest between “Moonlight” and “La La Land,” which was framed as a litmus test about race and the entertainment industry, ended in confusion and a reversal that emphasized the sense that they were locked in a zero-sum contest, and that for “Moonlight” to win, “La La Land” not merely had to lose, but to be defeated.
The truth is that both “Moonlight” and “La La Land” are highly moving, original works, and they went toe-to-toe during the ceremony, with “Moonlight” picking up three awards to “La La Land’s” five. Both movies produced a winner of an acting award. Both Jenkins, 37, and “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle, 32, are young directors of tremendous vision who are going to compete for Academy Awards again, maybe even against each other. Let’s hope the next time they do, they aren’t pitted against each other in a way that mirrors an ugly idea about racial progress that is ascendant in our politics: that the only way for members of one community to advance is at the expense of another. The Oscars ended in a painful way, but the wins “Moonlight” and “La La Land” racked up throughout the evening means we’ll be getting outstanding movies from both Jenkins and Chazelle for years to come. That’s good for moviegoers, and good for America."
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