Clutching her husband’s dog tags and holding back tears, Chris Kyle’s widow said she wished he was with her as she walked the red carpet at the Oscars for “American Sniper.” Taya Kyle said her husband would be ‘blown away’ by the support the film has received and that he would be his ‘usual humble self’ despite the success of the movie based on his life.
In the end, the film “American Sniper,” didn’t win the top award, but it’s no surprise. It jus’ proves how disconnected the cultural and entertainment elite are from everyday American.
After all Progressive politics dominated the winners’ acceptance speeches. This included best supporting actress winner Patricia Arquette’s call for equal wages for women, best original song winner John Legend’s condemnation of the number of Black men in prisons and best director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s immigration reference and best adapted screenplay winner Graham Moore’s speech addressing gay rights.
By the numbers, “American Sniper” has earned over $320 million domestic and crossed the $400 million mark at the worldwide box office. The movie’s the eighth-biggest grossing Best Picture nominee of all-time, ahead of “The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” and “Forrest Gump.”
But the film won only one Oscar – for sound editing.
It is interesting to note that “Saving Private Ryan” and “Hurt Locker,” which are both fiction, did win top honors when nominated. Meanwhile, highly trained and well-placed snipers from the Los Angeles Police Department kept Hollywood’s elite safe as they celebrated themselves.