Here’s an interesting juxtaposition.

Sen. Barack Obama is the runaway frontrunner right now
as the candidate of positive vision and hope, representing victory over
the evils of racism. Among his vast numbers of supporters are a lot of
cultural establishment, like the Hollywood elite, who make clear their
vision of America through their arts.

And yet, at the Oscars a couple of days ago, look at what they awarded the highest honors.

Commenting on the latest Oscars awards, the Vatican
daily L’ Osservatore Romano said in an opinion column that the most
awarded movies portray the image of a hopeless America.

The article, written by Gaetano Vallini, says that the awards night
was dominated by two visions of evil, two instances of using images to
portray evil.

“On one side, the story of perdition, described by Paul Thomas
Anderson in ‘There Will Be Blood,’ on the other, a contemporary
Western, with a modern incarnation of evil, ‘No Country for Old Men,’
produced by Joel and Ethan Coen,” each one of them receiving eight

L’Osservatore says that, aside from the awards given to these two
films, Hollywood has been dominated this year “by dark films, filled
with violence but mainly with hopelessness.”

So, if Obama wins, will Hollywood start cheering up? What will their
vision of America be reflected on the big screen? Hopefully, less
bleak. Way.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....