Good Night, and Good Luck

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George Clooney is one very talented person. Once termed as the sexist person alive, he directed, written and acted in this piece which gathered 6 Academy Nominations. It won none. He laughed that he already got his consolation win for his role in Syriana.

This passionate docu-drama recounts the events leading up to broadcast journalist Edward Murrow (David Strathairn) who decided to stand up against Senator Joseph McCarthy. What you get is a lesson of politics, media freedom and civics. As a trivia, during a screen test, the public thought that the actor playing McCarthy was overacting, not knowing that they were actual stock footages from the 50s.

I can understand why this black and white piece was nominated for Best Picture, as its issues and implications are still very relevant to the political situation today.

However, it was brought in 3 months latter than it was supposed to, without banking on the Oscar fever. With its heavy dialogue, local audience will feel distant. Or was it waiting to make a statement during the political month of May?

It didn't and it won't. Politics and media studies are just too far from the majority. Media freedom? What media freedom?

Good Night, and Good Luck – Powerful and strong piece but unfortunately needs more than good luck

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