‘Too pro-American’: Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper,’ POW homage ‘Unbroken’ snubbed by the Golden Globes

Hollywood’s Foreign Press Association doesn’t care much for American war heroes this year.

American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s movie about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in American military history shot blanks in the Golden Globe nominations announced Thursday, while “Unbroken,” based on the true story of an American in a Japanese POW camp during World War II remained locked out.

But hey, the story of a gigolo concierge in a wretched movie about Eastern Europe in the inter-war years can nail four nominations, likewise a plodding, confusing murder mystery without a murder.

You’d almost think there was a liberal slant in Hollywood these days.

And it’s not like “American Sniper” or “Unbroken,” were lousy efforts. Both made it to the made it on the list of the American Film Institute’s “Movies of the Year” for 2014, while neither “The Grand Budapest Hotel” nor the Ben Affleck “thriller” ‘Gone Girl” – with its relentless, insipid mocking of American pop culture — made that cut.

Maybe the key word here was “American” Film Institute.

Awards announcements are generally fickle, and there’s no accounting for taste, or course, but the fact that not just one but two films celebrating the American fighting spirit got shot down had many wondering if there was even more than the usual Hollywood bias at work.

Actually, the trailer to a driver’s ed safety film would have been better than “The Grand Budapest Hotel’s” 100-minute time, but check out the “American Sniper” trailer here.

But quality isn’t really the issue here, and everyone knows it.

Think that could be?

 

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