How Woke, Anti-Trump Messaging Is Tripping Up Oscar Hopefuls

How Woke, Anti-Trump Messaging Is Tripping Up Oscar Hopefuls


A moment from the 2020 thriller “The Boy Behind the Door” speaks volumes about today’s Hollywood.

The story involves a kidnapped boy and his best buddy’s plot to rescue him. The kidnapper briefly leaves his lair, driving off in a car adorned with a bumper sticker that reads, “Make America Great Again.”

It’s not enough that this monster kidnaps children. He’s also a Mega MAGA Republican.

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Modern storytellers just can’t help themselves, and that tendency may be tripping up their Oscar aspirations.

Several new films suffer from similar moments, clunky asides that show the screenwriters’ obsession with their political enemies. It often goes back to the real estate mogul-turned-Commander-in-Chief.

Their Trump derangement may come back to haunt them.

Writer/director James Gray’s “Armageddon Time” is a deeply personal look back at his

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