Thursday, January 15, 2015
Truthiness at the Oscars
I see that all three of the films that I called out for truthiness have been recognized with nominations for Academy Awards. Both The Imitation Game and Selma are up for Best Picture, while Foxcatcher has a Best Screenplay nomination, At least the Golden Globes managed to let Manhattan, that grotesque distortion of life at Los Alamos during the development of the atom bomb conceived by WGN America, pass without notice. Those more interested in the reality of that situation (which was far more dramatic than the soap-opera narrative cooked up by WGN) may want to check out The Gallery, an area on The New York Review of Books Web site, which now has a collection of declassified photographs from Los Alamos posted by Jeremy Bernstein.