Bill Maher has a downer with Best Picture Oscar nominees

We can safely assume that Bill Maher is no great fan of this year’s crop of Oscar nominated films. The comedian, political commentator and host of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher said, “The Oscars need to change their name to the 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 theatre,” he said in his inimitable style.

In last night’s New Rules piece Maher summarised the nominees for Best Picture and pleading for some lighter entertainment. Americans “don’t have to go to church. If they want to feel guilty, dirty and bad they can watch Nomadland. That’s the one where the woman winds up living in her van after her husband dies of cancer.” he said.

“In Judas and the Black Messiah, the leader of the Black Panthers is betrayed by an informant and killed by police. In Promising Young Woman, Carey Mulligan’s character gets revenge on a rapist but then he kills her. The Sound Of Metal shows a musician going deaf, The Father, an octogenarian descending into dementia. Minari is the story of dirt poor Korean immigrants in Arkansas who put all their food in a barn but then grandma has a stroke and burns it down. Now enjoy the show.”

“The 2021 Oscars, brought to you by razor blades, Kleenex and rope. And please welcome our  host, the Sad Emoji.”

“We all had a rough year, a little escapism would have been appreciated,” he said. “What happen to show business? Did they all decide to quit cocaine at the same time? Did they forget that Hollywood is still the number one place to go if you’re an egomaniac looking to fill that hole from your childhood with applause?

“Academy nominations used to say, ‘What great movies we make. Now they say, ‘Look what good people we are,’” he added.

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