FOR­EIGN LAN­GUAGE FILM

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“La La Land” was over-la-la-looked in this cat­e­gory, even though the film is writ­ten in the lan­guage of jazz—the sex­i­est, most pas­sion­ate di­alect to have ever ex­isted, ac­cord­ing to the film’s pro­tag­o­nist. Enough. The Academy has hon­ored films writ­ten in “lan­guages” with “words” for far too long. It’s time for us to progress be­yond tra­di­tional no­tions of gram­mar and let­ters and clear com­mu­ni­ca­tion, as many of our gov­ern­ment lead­ers have cho­sen to do.

Plenty of other films re­leased over the past year have con­fronted racism, ho­mo­pho­bia, cy­cles of vi­o­lence and loss in beau­ti­ful, heartwrench­ing de­tail, but it’s high time we give a fluffy, longish and, well, per­fectly fine movie all of the Os­cars. Cheers to mak­ing the Academy great again.

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