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This Is A Speech Directed To The Audience Of The 2003 Academy Awards Arguing That Feature Films Are Made For Money, Rather Than Entertainment.

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"Ladies and gentlemen, I come before you all tonight at the 2003 Los Angeles Academy Awards to tell you this: You're all a bunch of fakes. I think it's safe to say that there is not a sincere person among you- you're all living a lie. None of you are real people, you're all personas given birth to by agents and nurtured by the media. I doubt that in the sea of award winners and nominees that are assembled in front of me, that there is a single person out there who knows him or herself better than a four page glossy article printed in the latest trashy tabloid."Now tell me, truthfully, was that entertaining? Was it fun to sit there and be criticized? No, of course it wasn't. Whilst I myself do not believe a word of what I have just said, we all know there are many who do. I could have stood behind this podium tonight and showered you all with compliments and accolades. I could have announced to the world that you are all the darlings of the hoi polloi, revered by the masses. The truth is though, that this is a lie. There are those out there who dislike, even despise you simply for what you are. This may not be entertaining, but it certainly makes you think."This, ladies and gentlemen, is precisely my point. We are all gathered here at this awards night to celebrate the films that made us laugh, made us cry, made us sit on the edge of our seats. In other words, they entertained us, and do you know why? These films appeal to us because they are easy to accept. They do not challenge the set of beliefs that society has placed upon us; the good guys are good, the bad guys are bad. These feature films are not made to challenge society's norms- they are made with the sole purpose so that we can sit back, relax and enjoy a good movie, without having to think too hard about it."At this point, my dear audience, I can tell what you're all thinking. 'But I know plenty of movies that made me think!' I'm not going to disagree with you in the slightest. I admit, there are indeed quality feature films out there that make you consider the world in a whole new light. "American Beauty", directed by Sam Mendes, for instance, is a classic example of a film that challenges the stereotypical roles of society. The heroine, Jane Burnham, played by Thora Birch, is not what we could describe as being a "real" girl- she's not the most beautiful, most popular or even most interesting character in the movie. The father figure, Lester Burnham, played by Kevin Spacey, begins his journey as a weak and dominated character, before progressing to a marijuana smoking grease monkey, who lusts after his daughter's best friend- hardly what society looks for in a patriarchal role! Even the typical next-door-neighbour of old who would dispense tools and philosophies at regular intervals has been transformed into a less than conventional homosexual couple."Sure, "American Beauty" makes us think. I guess that means my argument...

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