Goodbye Hollywood

80th Oscar Award Show

Ok, let me say before I start, I am not a right wing fanatic, nor I am left wing die-hard. I have my own thoughts on immigrants in America, especially after living in foreign countries a large portion of my life. Legal immigration is cool – it’s the heart of America.

But, (been waiting for that “but” huh??!!) after watching the Academy Awards show this evening, what’s with all the foreigners?

For example, for the first time in 44 years, all winning actors and actresses (supporting and lead roles) were all non U.S. citizens.

Couple that with all the other “foreign” winners, Didier Lavergne (French) for makeup, Dante Ferretti & Francesca Lo Schiavo (both Italian), Glen Hansard (Irish) and Marketa Irglova (Czech) and others.

Now, I full well know that Hollywood is a global business – shit, after all 60% of a movie’s box-office is generated overseas. But, Hollywood is as American as apple pie, mom and hamburgers and hot dogs.

The entertainment industry is second only to the aviation industry in export revenues for the US of A.

But it seems the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences vision of Hollywood is much broader than my own.

But my question to them, “Hey Sid, (Sid Ganis, president of the Academy), why aren’t their more Native Americans and African Americans and Asian Americans and Spanish speaking Americans represented at the show. Your industry execs are bringing in foreigners, albeit talented ones but what about those here on the home front?”

Seems to me if we took care of our own…we’d be better off. But maybe that is what the national argument is all about.

Geez, this adds some meaning to the phrase, foreigners go home! Say good bye to Hollywood! 🙁

photo: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.

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Author: movie boss

Scott Rosenberg is an award winning entertainment journalist covering stories bridging the United States and Asia. He is also managing director of AMW International Co. Ltd., a Bangkok based pr and marketing boutique. Wearing his journalist cap, he serves as Asian Pacific Bureau Chief of US based Film Journal International and former editor of Monsters and Critics. Formerly Scott was Thailand correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter and Southeast Asian correspondent for Variety. Scott has served as consultant to many international film festivals, most recently serving as director for the inaugural Phuket Film Festival in Phuket, Thailand in October 2007. Scott was presented the “Friends of Thailand” Award by the Thai Government in 2002 for his contributions to the Kingdom through his journalistic endeavors while having received from His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia, that same year the royal titles Commandeur de l'ordre Royal du Sahametrei and Commandeur de l'ordre Royal du Cambodge. As a hobby, Scott raises rare breed, pedigree Thai Ridgeback Dogs and "hangs-out" with Thai Elephants in northern Thailand as they paint. Their paintings can be found at www.elephant-paintings.com

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