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I want to say I was surprised by the lack of Golden Globe nominations for Fruitvale Station. But I wasn’t. At all.
I wasn’t surprised that 12 Years A Slave (which is an excellent film in it’s own right) and The Butler nabbed the nominations in a number of categories instead.
Fruitvale Station is not only one of the best movies I have seen this year, but one of the best movies ever, period. It so painfully creates the reality of millions of Americans.
I remember this one scene in the film, where the BART officer comes into the train, and begins to select every single African American male, because by virtue of their race, they must have been accomplices in a fight and thus criminals. That is the reality of millions of Americans, and some have lost their lives because of it.
Anyone who has seen the film knows that the emotional intensity lasts days after viewing. I personally felt a deep sense of shame that I did nothing, that I live in a country that allowed this crime to happen, and I remained relatively silent.
And therein lies the difference, and possibly the reason as to why Fruitvale Station was snubbed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association: dealing with the reality of our current society is simply too painful to face. We prefer the mirror of The Butler than the mirror of Fruitvale Station.
We still have much to overcome, and it is most painfully evident in what is the best picture of the year-Fruitvale Station.