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Barack and Michelle Obama were humiliated on Tuesday morning when the Oscar nominations came out and their documentary American Symphony was snubbed.
American Symphony Snubbed By Oscars
Deadline reported that American Symphony had been widely considered to be the frontrunner to win the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, which should come as no surprise given how obsessed the liberal world of Hollywood is with the Obamas.
When nominations were announced on Tuesday morning, however, the Obama-produced American Symphony was nowhere to be found, as the five films that were instead nominated were National Geographic’s Bobi Wine: The People’s President, The Eternal Memory, Four Daughters, To Kill a Tiger, and 20 Days in Mariupol.
The Obamas produced American Symphony, which was directed by Matthew Heineman and tells the story of the Grammy-winning musician Jon Batiste and his wife Suleika Jaouad. Check out a trailer for the movie in the video below.
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Michelle Campaigned For Movie
Michelle had been campaigning hard for her film, even appearing in Louisiana at a special Netflix screening of the movie last month.
“I’m beyond thrilled to be here in Nawlins with all y’all!” Michelle said at the event. “My husband, he’s not here. He says, ‘Hey.’ There is no better place to lift up this work than in the city where music is at the heart of everything, because music is at the heart of this film.”
“This film is about so much more than one man’s meteoric ascent,” she continued. “It is the story of two souls, Jon and Suleika, two souls on parallel paths. Alongside Suleika’s courageous battle with leukemia, we see the fuller story behind Jon’s Grammy wins and that Carnegie Hall performance [in May 2022], the harmony and dissidence that lifts them both up, yet tears them both down in their journey. We see how art and music can be a source of healing.”
Find out more about this in the video below.
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Michelle Doubles Down
During her speech, Michelle also described Baptiste as a close personal friend.
“Jon says music, for him, is more than entertainment. It’s a spiritual practice. He says he believes a song or an album is made and almost has a radar to find the person when they need it most. Ain’t that the thing?” she stated. “We also learn that the victories we see in public aren’t usually the whole story, even with famous people. And even if the extreme highs and lows don’t necessarily balance each other out, then at the very least they can exist together in an imperfectly beautiful way.”
“These are exactly the kind of stories and storytellers that Barack and I hoped to partner with when we started our production company,” Michelle concluded.
American Symphony had been considered the frontrunner for the Oscar after winning a slew of other awards that include Best Music Documentary and Best Score at the recent Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards as well as audience awards at the Montclair Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, and Philadelphia Film Festival. Unfortunately for the Obamas, however, the Oscars clearly did not see their movie as being up to par.
The Obamas are used to the liberal elites of Hollywood fawning over them as if they are royalty, so being snubbed by the Oscars has to have come as a major shock to them. If they truly want to make it big in Hollywood, perhaps they should focus a little less on publicly bashing Donald Trump, and a little more on making movies that are actually good!
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