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Bill Maher slams Oscar picks: Hollywood movies are now ‘just depressing’

HBO Bill MaherWilliam (Bill) Maher’Other War’ Is Unfolding Under Joe Biden’s Nose Will Republicans Apply the ‘Barrett Rule’ to Biden’s Candidate? Bill Maher defends Whoopi Goldberg, says she ‘shouldn’t be canceled’ MORE On Friday, he lambasted this year’s Oscar nominations, arguing that Hollywood films are “depressing” and that he would have preferred “a bit of escapism” after a year plagued by the coronavirus pandemic.

In a segment on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the host began his commentary on the Oscars by saying that the ceremony, which airs later this month, should “change their name to Debbies – as in Debbie Downer.

“Because judging by this year’s Best Picture nominees, you couldn’t have a worse time at the movies if there was an active shooter in the theater,” Maher said at the start of his rant. about six and a half minutes.

The host then commented on each of the eight films nominated for Best Picture, including his argument that Americans “don’t have to go to church. If they want to feel guilty and dirty and mean, they can watch “Nomadland.”

“It’s the one where the wife ends up living in her van after her husband dies from cancer,” he added.

He then comments on “Judas and the Black Messiah”, in which the leader of the Black Panthers is betrayed by an informant and killed by the FBI.

Maher said “Minari” is “the story of dirt-poor Korean immigrants from Arkansas who put all their food in a barn, but then Grandma had a stroke and burned it down” .

“Now enjoy the show,” he added sarcastically.

“The 2021 Oscars, presented by razor blades, Kleenex and rope,” Maher continued. “And please welcome our host, the Sad Emoji.”

“We’ve all had a tough year, a little escape would have been appreciated,” he said, prompting his audience to erupt in joy.

“What happened to show business? Did they all decide to quit cocaine at the same time? he asked jokingly. “Have they forgotten that Hollywood is still the number one place to go if you’re an egomaniac looking to fill that childhood hole with applause?

“Hollywood knew how to make a movie that was about something, an adult movie that was also entertaining and not just depressing,” Maher said.

Oscar-nominated films that have been officially announced last monthhave seen politically themed films among the top contenders, including ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’, from ‘West Wing’ creator Aaron Sorkin.

The film, which earned six nominations in total, is a dramatization of the prosecution of seven activists who took part in protests during the 1968 Democratic National Convention that erupted into a police riot.