The acclaimed 12 Years A Slave, which took home the Best Picture Oscar at Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony, was virtually guaranteed victory for one simple reason: it’s title.
According to talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, the film’s title contained a “magic word” which when invoked all but assures Oscar victory regardless of the quality of the film. At the same time, Rush Limbaugh admitted that he had not seen 12 Years A Slave.
“It didn’t matter if it was good or bad,” Limbaugh said. “I haven’t seen it. It was going to win. It had the magic word in the title: slave.”
Perhaps other Oscar contenders in the future will take note of the “magic word” that seals a Best Picture Oscar. Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese must be kicking themselves today for having failed to title their film, The Slave Of Wall Street. Or perhaps Alfonso Cuaron whose film Gravity netted seven Oscars of its own, would not have missed out on the Best Picture nod if his movie had been titled Slavery.
Though he has not seen 12 Years A Slave, Rush Limbaugh deduced that the fix was in for the Steve McQueen-directed historical epic, extrapolating from a quip made early in the telecast by host Ellen Degeneres.
“Anything can happen. So many different possibilities,” Degeneres said, teeing up a gibe at her audience. “Possibility number one, 12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture. Possibility number two, you’re all racists.”
Rush Limbaugh took the joke as revealing of a secret agenda.
“Remember, now,” said Limbaugh, “all good comedy must be rooted in truth.”
Despite the fact that as even Limbaugh himself admitted, “there was no demonstrable political preaching from anybody, zip, zero, nada,” the right-wing radio icon nonetheless detected an underlying leftist tilt to the proceedings, calling the Oscar show, “a very subtle political night.”
“Everything to the left is political,” Rush Limbaugh continued. “It was filled with self-satisfaction and pats on the back and how important they all are and how compassionate, giving, caring, you know, all of those adjectives they reserve exclusively to themselves and their goodness and their kindness and their decency and all of that.”
If not 12 Years A Slave, Rush Limbaugh expressed no preference as to what he felt should have triumphed in the Best Picture category, had the outcome not been predetermined by a “magic word.”