The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano published a recent article that said this year's Oscar awards went to films that portray America as a society "without hope." The column by Gaetano Vallini ctiticized films such as No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood, which among other Oscar nominees are "sinister, filled with violence, and above all, without hope."
Vallini found fault especially with No Country for Old Men, saying the film, which garnered 4 Oscars including the coveted "Best Picture" award, was marred by "absurd and mindless acts of violence." He pointed out that the independent filmmakers, working outside Hollywood, chose to honor movies with a more positive message, such as Juno, the story of a young woman coping with an unexpected pregnancy. He also praised The Diving Bell and the Butterfly as a film that, "going against the prevailing trend, portrays the beauty of life."
What do YOU think? Is Hollywood hopeless?