Hollywood’s frayed relationship with the left

February 24, 2015 6:33 PM

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Hollywood’s frayed relationship with the left

“When they hit / You must admit / They sometimes change your view a bit / In ways both big and small,” Academy Awards host Neil Patrick Harris sang during the opening number of Sunday’s ceremony. “Moving pictures / Millions of pixels on screens / They may not be real life / But they show you what life really means. / More than any one image / More than any one star / Truly moving pictures / Shape who we are.”

It was an optimistic (and self-gratifying) statement of faith in the power of the movies. But that mission statement and the optimism and good humor of the routine quickly disappeared as the evening was defined by a series of intense political statements that drew equally intense criticism. Conserva...

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